Torrance Events

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Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance

Fourth Sundays: May Through October

torrance historical society 3The Torrance Historical Society offers Walking Tours of Historic Old Torrance every fourth Sunday through October. This FREE docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Museum at 1:30 p.m. and will point out many historic sites and landmarks in Old Torrance founded in 1912.

Torrance Turkey Trot

November 23, 2017

Torrance Turkey TrotThe City of Torrance presents the annual Torrance Turkey Trot on Thursday, November 23.

A time-honored tradition here in the South Bay, the annual Harry Sutter Memorial Thanksgiving Day 3 Mile Fun Run – aka Turkey Trot – gets under way at 8 a.m. at Sam’s Club in Torrance.

All registered participants will receive a commemorative Turkey Trot shirt. The Village Runner and other sponsors will be providing great prizes – including mountain bikes! – for the after-race raffle.

The City of Torrance invites runners and spectators to bring a can of food for a special Thanksgiving Food Drive. While you run or watch, the canned foods will be distributed to people in need throughout the South Bay.

Shop Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2017

Small-Business-SaturdayNovember 25 is Small Business Saturday!

With the holidays just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to make a dent in that shopping list while supporting local merchants. Approximately 83 cents of every dollar spent locally stays within the community and supports everything from team sports to infrastructure improvements.

The South Bay has numerous downtown areas which are home to a vast assortment of shops, services and dining establishments. You really can find everything you need right around the corner!

This season, shop local and keep those all-important tax dollars in the neighborhood!

Torrance Antique Street Faire

November 26, 2017

Processed with MoldivThe monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, November 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event features 200+ sellers offering antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, jewelry, LP’s, toys, tools, plants, home decor and more. Have your antiques appraised for only $3, enjoy a free crafting activity with Karen’s Krafts 4 Kids and live music.

Rain or shine, free admission, free parking and pet friendly.

For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at

The Torrance Antique Street Faire is located at 1317 Sartori Avenue in downtown Torrance.

Torrance Memorial Holiday Festival

November 28 – December 3, 2017

Torrance-Memorial-Holiday-FestivalThe magic of the holiday season will once again come to life through 36 themed, decorated Christmas trees to be displayed at Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s annual Holiday Festival. The festival runs Tuesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 3 in a 30,000-square-foot white tent located on Torrance Memorial’s campus, filled with exquisite sights including custom-decorated holiday trees, the sweet aroma of savory treats and the sounds of music and dancing.

Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza

December 1, 2017 – January 1, 2018

076 - sbbj2Taking place for over 40 years, the Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza (also known as Candy Cane Lane) is one of the largest holiday decoration displays in the country.

You can walk or drive through the neighborhood reveling in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. It’s a wonderful way to spend the evening and one the entire family will enjoy and remember for years to come. The wildly extravagant decorations are on display from December 1 through January 1 from about 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

You don’t want to miss this!

For additional information and directions, visit the website at

Irish Christmas in America

December 3, 2017

Irish-Christmas-AmericaThe Torrance Cultural Arts Center presents Irish Christmas in America on Sunday, December 3 for two shows at 2 and 7 p.m. at the James Armstrong Theater.

Get a taste for what a true Irish Christmas is like by being a part of Irish Christmas in America, a seasonal celebration of holiday traditions through music, song, dance, and a bit of storytelling.

This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, uilleann pipes and harp, along with thrilling Irish old-style dancing from Brian Cunningham and Samantha Harvey. In addition, evocative photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions of Ireland. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland, bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2017.

Come early or stay late to take part in an art project provided by Art To Grow On.

The Nutcracker

December 9 & 10, 2017

Nutcracker Snow QueenDance West Dance Studio and the Metropolitan Ballet Company present The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at the James Armstrong Theater. There will be two shows daily at 2 and 7 p.m.

Relive the classic story of Clara and Fritz as they dream of a land of magic. Revolving around Clara’s broken, and then magically repaired nutcracker, an evening of delight and ballet ensue with familiar favorites brought to life by this special company of dancers.

Tickets are $17.50 and $19.50.

For additional information, call 310-781-7171 or visit the website at

The James Armstrong Theater is located at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

Christmas Boutique

December 10, 2017

Christmas-Boutique-Wilson-ParkThe City of Torrance Community Services Division presents the annual Christmas Boutique on Sunday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilson Park.

The Christmas Boutique is a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items only show featuring a variety of goods such as toys, ceramics, needlework, quilts, dolls, jewelry, T-shirts and sweatshirts, stuffed animals and many one-of-a-kind items. It’s a great opportunity to find gifts or decorations for Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Let’s Connect Mixer @ Strand Brewing

December 12, 2017

Let's-Connect-MixerThe South Bay Women’s Conference hosts the monthly Let’s Connect Mixer at Strand Brewing on Tuesday, December 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This monthly fundraising event is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and entrepreneurs while mixing and mingling with like-minded individuals. There will be light appetizers provided and beverages for purchase.