Palos Verdes Events

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt

September 13 – November 30, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts The Great Pumpkin Hunt daily through November 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate autumn with this perfect fall excursion in the Garden! Search for pumpkins while enjoying the Garden’s 87 acres. This annual tradition will have you exploring picturesque areas of the Garden in search of hidden pumpkins leading you to the unexpected. Bring your cameras and cell phones for plenty of fall photo opportunities along the way. Walking shoes, sunscreen and water bottles recommended. The hunt is family-friendly, imaginative, adventurous, and will require some hiking through the nature trails.

Admission is free for Members. For nonmembers, the event is included with General Garden Admission. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged.

On the Surface – Wallpaper from 1797 to the Present

September 7 – November 16, 2019

Palos Verdes Art Center presents the On the Surface – Wallpaper from 1797 to the Present through November 16.

This survey of applied architectural surface design – wallpaper – presents historic samples from European, English, and American wallpaper designers and manufacturers, as well as reissues of classic patterns and explorations in contemporary design. Also included are sample books, antique tools of the trade, and feature walls suitable for portrait backdrops.

The exhibition is organized by PVAC and Boston artist and collector, Scott Dahill.

South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

South Bay farmers' MarketsThe South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.

These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.

Here’s a schedule by day of the week:

Second Sundays @ Two

Second Sundays

violinRolling Hills United Methodist Church presents Second Sundays At Two concert series at 2 p.m. on select second Sundays throughout the year.

RHUMC Music Director Charles Dickerson serves as Artistic Advisor for the series of free afternoon recitals and chamber music concerts from September through June, except December and the month of Easter, when there are other musical offerings at RHUMC. Admission is FREE but donations are appreciated! 100% of donations go directly to the artists.

For additional information, visit the website at http://rhumc.org/concerts-at-rolling-hills/.

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church is located at 26438 Crenshaw Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 (NE corner of Crenshaw & PV Drive North).

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for November

November 1 – 30, 2019

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special events and monthly activities.

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/ or call (310) 541-7613.

Check out what’s on tap for November….

Special Events

South Bay Social Dogs

First Sundays

Canine Social Hikes - sbbjAll canines and their human companions are invited to attend the monthly Canine Group Hike the first Sunday of each month.

These monthly group hikes were created to give all dogs a much needed opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity in the company of other dogs and people.

Social Irrigation

November 15, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Social Irrigation on Friday, November 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

End your week in the most fun and relaxing way possible! Check out the Garden’s newest program, Social Irrigation. Bring your friends and family and let them take care of the rest. Beer, cider and wine will be available for sale onsite. Pre-purchase picnic box meals so it’s ready when you arrive, courtesy of Torrance Bakery. Of course, you are welcome to bring your own picnic as well. Relax and enjoy live music, take a stroll throughout the Garden or try your hand at The Great Pumpkin Hunt.

Tickets are $9/$12/$16.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/event/social-irrigation-3/

South Coast Botanic Garden is located at 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274.

Promenade on the Peninsula Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting Celebration

November 16, 2019

Promenade on the Peninsula presents the annual Holiday Stroll & Tree Lighting Celebration on a Saturday, November 16 starting at 4 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event featuring music, entertainment, ice-skating, refreshments and giveaways! Come celebrate the start of the holiday season by welcoming Santa and lighting the Christmas Tree!

Share in the spirit of the season and bring a donation for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

This event is FREE to attend!

For additional information, visit the website at https://promenadeonthepeninsula.com/event-directory/

Promenade on the Peninsula is located in Rolling Hills Estates on Silver Spur Road between Hawthorne and Crenshaw Boulevards.

Laugh Zone

November 16, 2019

Calling all high school and young adults with special needs! Laugh Zone is gearing up for another creative, original, fun event featuring Karaoke with Good Vibrayshuns and magic with Brandon Achers on Saturday, November 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall

Come enjoy a night of food n’ fun with old and new friends! No pressure– no obligation, just a cool opportunity to spice up a typical Saturday night. Get inspired.! It’s going to be the best time you’ve had this year… no joke!!

Admission is a suggested donation of $1 at the door.

Please RSVP to laughzone@yahoo.com to secure your seat.

St. Francis Episcopal Church Parish Hall is located at 2200 Via Rosa, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274. Park in the lower lot and take stairs up. Handicap parking is located at entrance drive.

Craft Fair & Bake Sale

November 17, 2019

The Neighborhood Church will host a Craft Fair & Bake Sale on Sunday, November 17 from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s time to begin holiday shopping! The event features handcrafted items, vintage items, jewelry, delicious baked goods and more.

Where else can you do holiday shopping with an ocean view???

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.ncpve.org/upcoming-events/2018/10/11/crafty-ladies-holiday-sale-yxcbw.

The Neighborhood Church is located at 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274.

BeachLife Backyard Games

November 17, 2019

Tito’s Vodka will sponsor the Beachlife Backyard Games every month at a different location in the South Bay leading up to the BeachLife Festival in May 2020.

The BeachLife crew wants to stay busy in the off season, while giving back to the community. They’ve partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka to throw some BeachLife Backyard Games for charity.

It’s always FREE to enter, super FUN, and they’ll donate $1,000 to local non-profits every time.

In addition to the games, the events will feature live music and after parties!

Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Activities for December

December 1 – 31, 2019

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy offers a calendar full of special activities and monthly events.

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

For additional information and registration, visit the website at https://pvplc.org/ or call (310) 541-7613.

Take a look at what’s on tap for December….

Peninsula Cars & Coffee

December 7, 2019

The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance presents Peninsula Cars & Coffee every first Saturday (December 7) of each month from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Promenade on the Peninsula parking structure top deck.

Attention car hobbyists and enthusiasts! Bring you hot rod, custom, muscle car, sports car, antique, classic or exotic or other special interest car or truck…. or just yourself! It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other South Bay gear heads!

This event is FREE to attend for both the public and those displaying a vehicle.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.pvconcours.org/peninsula-cars-and-coffee.

Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274. Entrance to the top deck of the parking structure is located on Indian Peak Road.

Sounds of the Season

December 7, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden presents Sounds of the Season on December 7 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Celebrate the season with the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band as they join forces with the acclaimed Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, a 60-member vocal ensemble that has been entertaining South Bay audiences for 70 years. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah music, performed by more than 100 musicians. Bring your voice too, and take part in the annual audience sing-along!

Sounds of the Season is included in Garden admission. Admission is $4/$6/$9.

Gingerbread House Workshop @ SCBG

December 8, 2019

The South Coast Botanic Garden will host a Gingerbread House Workshop on Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to Noon.

Make your own gingerbread house collection, with a twist – no baking or sugar needed! Instead of frosting and cake, these gingerbread houses are made with natural elements from the Garden affixed to paper mâché houses. Take a brisk winter walk in the Garden with docents to learn about and collect winter “treats” to decorate your houses. Then, take your masterpieces home for display this holiday season! Fee includes all supplies, set of two to three small houses approximately 3” tall and a docent-led tour.

Holiday Tree Lighting @ Terranea

December 8, 2019

Terranea Resort celebrates the start of the season with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 8 at 5 p.m. at Catalina Terrance.

Celebrate the start of the season with Terranea’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy spirited music from local entertainers and holiday crafts for all ages. The resort will accept donations of unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots, and will also be hosting a celebratory dinner at catalina kitchen following the ceremony. Take your little ones to sea beans for popcorn, holiday cookie decorating, and a visit with Mrs. Claus.

For additional information, visit the website at http://www.terranea.com/traditions.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Breakfast with Santa @ Promenade on the Peninsula

December 14, 2019

Buy your tickets now for Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Promenade on the Peninsula.

It’s going to be a magical morning! See Santa up close and personal! Enjoy a breakfast provided by Good Stuff Restaurant, arts and crafts, and a visit with Jolly St. Nick. Be sure to ring your camera!

Time slots:
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Tickets are $15 per adult, $5 for kids 6 to 12 years old, 5 years old and younger are FREE. Tickets can be purchased at Good Stuff Restaurant in Promenade on the Peninsula.

For additional information, visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/363849380977228/.

Promenade on the Peninsula is located at 550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 101, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

Breakfast with Santa @ Terranea

December 15, 2019

Terranea Resort will host three seatings for Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 15.

Santa will journey from the North Pole for a magical breakfast and photo opportunities in the Grand Ballroom at Terranea. Guests will enjoy bakery and waffle stations, beverage and hot food stations, as well as an egg kitchen, kids buffet and festive crafts.

Seatings are scheduled for 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 a.m.

Adult tickets are $65, tickets for children ages 2 – 10 are $32, and children under age 2 will have complimentary entrance.

For additional information, visit the website at https://www.terranea.com/events/featured-events/breakfast-with-santa.

Terranea is located at 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.

Point Vicente Lighthouse *LIGHTHOUSE TOWER IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, GROUNDS & MUSEUM OPEN DURING MONTHLY OPEN HOUSE*

Second Saturdays

There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….

If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea.

New Year’s Eve Underwater Extravaganza @ Terranea

December 31, 2019

Terranea Resort presents the annual New Year’s Eve Underwater Extravaganza on Tuesday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Count down to 2020 with a dazzling celebration for those 21 and over, including an open bar with VIP bottle service available. Enjoy a variety of food stations from Terranea’s award-winning culinary team and dance the night away to tunes provided by a live DJ. Room package available that includes two tickets to the Extravaganza.

Pre-purchase tickets online for $185. Tickets bought at the door are $200.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at https://www.terranea.com/events/featured-events/nye-extravaganza.

Terranea Resort is located at 100 Terranea Way in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Art Center

PVAC - sbbjThe newly remodeled Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit, community visual arts gallery and school, ‘inspires individuals to celebrate, appreciate and create art.’

Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.

Palos Verdes Performing Arts

Palos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use. Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps.

PVPA boasts the 450-seat Norris Theater for stage productions, the 300-seat Pavilion for concerts and the Upstairs Gallery for art exhibits.

Explore the Wild Side of the South Bay

The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

They host a full calendar of popular activities, volunteer workdays, training programs and special events throughout the year including:

South Coast Botanic Garden

south-coast-botanic-garden-south-bay-by-jackieThe South Coast Botanic Garden is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers visitors a wide variety of activities and events.

The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa. The Garden is situated in Sunset’s Zone 23, one of the most favored growing areas in the world.

About 100 trees and shrubs are rare mature specimens, infrequently seen elsewhere. The wide variety of plant life provides food and shelter to an abundant wildlife and bird population, and over 200 species of birds are sighted annually.

Experience Terranea’s Birds of Prey

Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.

Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt? Falconry is a fascinating pastime and if you’ve ever wondered about this ancient pursuit and would like to learn more about it, you’re in luck.

Seascape Trail in Palos Verdes

We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?

As Lin Yutang professed, “If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” I think he’s onto something.

Treat Fido to Lunch @ Nelson’s

Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.

Nelson’s at Terranea in Palos Verdes is a casual dining venue, one of seven restaurant options at the resort. The freestanding structure is situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific with magnificent views of Catalina.