Torrance Events

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South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery

June 1 – July 27, 2018

South-Bay-Escape-Room-Mortuary-MysteryThe South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery is BACK! The Volunteer Center is offering the community another chance to explore the basement of their historic Torrance building – a former mortuary dating back to 1929 – for an interactive fundraiser. Beginning June 1 and running through July 27, the local nonprofit is presenting South Bay Escape Room: Mortuary Mystery – a fundraiser that mixes local history with spooky, fictional fun in an immersive experience.

“Escape the room” games have become very popular over the last several years. Participants are given one hour to solve a series of fun and challenging puzzles using strategically-placed clues, where both communication and teamwork are essential in figuring out how to solve the mystery and “escape.”

Community Beautification @ Seaside Heroes Park

Second Saturdays

Seaside-Heroes-Park-Community-Beautification-EventJoin volunteers at Seaside Heroes Park for the monthly Community Beautification Event the second Saturday of every month from 8 to 11 a.m.

All are welcome to get down and dirty and lend a hand cleaning, weeding, and dead heading – including groups or individuals who need community service hours.

Even though the park is small, it’s a huge job to keep it looking good. As of January 2018, there are over 900 work hours in this project, but once the entire park has received a once-over, it’s time to go back and start at the beginning. This is a labor of love and the organizers are immensely grateful to anyone who gives their time.

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.

Hey Hey Father’s Day!

June 17, 2018

Hey-19-Fathers-DayHey 19 celebrates dads with Hey Hey Father’s Day! on Sunday, June 17 starting at 11 a.m.!

Who’s your daddy? Make him feel special! Dads get T-bone steaks for $19 all day long… Yeah. You read that right. 12 oz of juicy steak, topped with grilled asparagus & herbed Cabernet butter served alongside some cheesy, bacon-y, loaded mashed potatoes. For 19$. For the table, grab a vat of the #19 cocktail for only $19. Steak & bourbon? That’ll make any dad happy.

Spend your Father’s Day the right way, come say HEY!!

For additional information and reservations, call 310-378-8119 or visit the website at http://www.hey19publichouse.com/.

Hey 19 Public House is located at 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505.

South Bay Festival of the Arts

June 23, 2018

Festival-of-the-ArtsThe Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is proud to present the first South Bay Festival of the Arts on Saturday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center.

The event will feature live performances, art displays, demos, craft beer tastings, food and children’s arts and crafts. All four of the Center’s stages – the Armstrong Theatre, the Ken Miller Stage, the Torino Plaza Main Stage, and the Nakano Theatre – will feature live entertainment throughout the Festival.

Some of the best local restaurants, caterers, breweries, and wineries will have food and beverages available for purchase during the festival. The beautiful Japanese garden will be the site of the beer and wine garden.

Local artists and craftsmen will have handmade merchandise available for purchase. There will also be drawings for prizes and pop-the-balloon prizes offered to festival-goers. Within the classrooms of the Center, instructors will be teaching crafts and giving demonstrations to visitors of all ages.

Torrance Antique Street Faire

June 24, 2018

Processed with MoldivThe monthly Torrance Antique Street Faire takes place on Sunday, June 24 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 and pet friendly!

For additional information, call (310) 328-6107 or visit the website at http://www.torranceantiquefaire.com/.

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

Downtown Torrance ArtWalk

June 30, 2018

Downtown-Torrance-Art-WalkDestination: Art presents the annual Downtown Torrance ArtWalk on Saturday, June 30 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Art galleries, retail establishments and restaurants have teamed up for a fine art walking tour of Torrance’s first commercial district. Outstanding local artists from all over the South Bay will be showcased at the participating venues. The community is encouraged to come by and enjoy the art and downtown restaurants and shops. Artwalk 2018 starts at Destination: Art, the unique artist studio and gallery, where the Awards Reception for the winners of its annual Associate Artists Exhibition is from 4 to 7 pm. Pick up a map of the ArtWalk here.

Artists will be perfectly paired with 16 retail establishments, where the public can see artists at work, engage in conversation and then step inside participating merchants’ locations, all within a few blocks of this distinctive area of Torrance. Art will be for sale on the patio and in the parking lot of The Depot Restaurant.

Movies in the Park – Torrance

June 30, 2018

movies in the park - sbbj 2The City of Torrance Community Services Department and local Homeowners Associations are proud to sponsor Movies in the Park.

These movie nights will take place at various parks throughout the city this summer. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Pack up a picnic basket, blanket and lawn chairs and join friends and neighbors for an evening of family-friendly cinematic entertainment as the parks convert into outdoor movies theaters.

RAT Beach Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2018

The private fireworks show held off Torrance Beach on the Fourth of July will return on Wednesday, July 4 and will now be known as The RAT Beach Fireworks .

Mike Russell, owner of Pedone’s Pizzeria in Redondo Beach, announced they’re going to fund the fireworks show for three of the next six years, in honor of the Pedone Family, the original owners of the restaurant.

Until 2016, a local resident provided a spectacular fireworks show from a barge off Torrance Beach. Jackie Briles had been arranging and paying for the fireworks display for many years, much to the delight of the locals. The fireworks became a wildly popular, annual, neighborhood event – but when Jackie passed in 2016, the family decided it would be the last year.

Torrance 4th of July Fireworks Show

July 4, 2018

fireworks 3The City of Torrance will host the Fourth of July Fireworks Show on Wednesday, July 4 at 9 p.m. at the Torrance Civic Center.

The 20-minute show will feature a patriotic soundtrack to complement the more than 1,000 shells being fired.

The internal Civic Center parking lot will be closed for the launching of the fireworks, however surrounding parking lots will be open for the general public to view the show. In addition, the Toyota Sports Complex and a portion of the Courthouse parking lot will be open for public viewing.