Torrance Events

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Alpine Village OktoberFest

September 7 through October 27, 2018

Alpine-Village-OktoberfestAlpine Village presents Oktoberfest taking place over eight weekends September 7 through October 27.

Alpine Village is the home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California. It’s also the longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers brewed by Paulaner. They deliver an authentic-yet-modern Oktoberfest each and every year.

Fridays: 6:00 PM to midnight
Saturdays: 5:00 PM to midnight
Sundays: 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Friday & Saturday: 21+
Sunday: All Ages

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.

Ride the Trains @ Wilson Park

First Sunday & Third Saturday

Southern-California-Live Steamers sbbjSouthern California Live Steamers invites the public to Ride the Trains at Charles H Wilson Park.

They host public run days on the first Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the third Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. every month. The trains are located at the eastern end of the park near the picnic tables.

Southern California Live Steamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an all-volunteer organization that provides free rides during public run days. Each volunteer is a member of the City of Torrance volunteer program.

Antiques Sale

October 16, 2018

Antique-SaleThe Torrance Adult School Antiques and Collectibles Class is having an Antiques Sale on Tuesday, October 16 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Levy Adult Center.

There will be pottery, glass, silver, jewelry, toys, tools, textiles, books, small furniture, vintage clothing, art, and more.

The sale is in the auditorium. Free parking in back.

For additional information, contact Joy Coffey at

The Levy Adult Center is located at 3420 229th Place in Torrance.

YMCA Annual Celebration & Awards Dinner

October 18, 2018

YMCAThe Torrance/South Bay YMCA presents the annual Celebration & Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 18 at 6 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Featured award presentations for Community Partnership, Family of the Year, Good Neighbor, Program Service, Service Above Self, and Youth Service.

Tickets are $50 per person

For additional information and ticket purchase, contact Amanda Martelli at 310-602-4910 or via email at

Torrance Marriott South Bay 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA.

Candidates Forum

October 18, 2018

Torrance-Candidates-ForumThe League of Women Voters will host a Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nakano Theater.

The event will feature TUSD Board Candidates and 66th State Assembly District Candidates. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the School Board Candidates at 6 p.m. and the Assembly Candidates at 7:30 p.m.

This event is FREE to attend and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

This forum will also be streamed live and recorded by Torrance Citicable 3.

For additional information, email

The George Nakano Theatre is located within the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 3330 Civic Center Drive in Torrance.

Today’s Youth: Screen Time and Mental Health

October 18, 2018

IGen+South+BayThe Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, Torrance Unified School District and South Bay Families Connected are proud to present Today’s Youth: Screen Time and Mental Health with noted researcher and author Dr. Jean Twenge on Thursday, October 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Torrance High School Auditorium.

Dr. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University who has been studying generations for 30 years, nicknamed the generation born after 1995 “iGen.” She is the author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, and her groundbreaking research on teens and screens has been covered in major print and television media.

Parents, caregivers, teens (9th grade and above), and groups working with youth are invited to learn more about what influences are shaping iGen, and how we can harness the positive trends while mitigating the negative ones. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., with youth wellness resources in the auditorium’s lobby. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is FREE to attend and all attendees who register for the event will be guaranteed a seat!

Sushi & Sake 101

October 21, 2018

Sushi-Sake-101RA Sushi presents Sushi & Sake 101 on Sunday, October 21 at 12 p.m. at the Torrance location in Del Amo Fashion Center.

Attendees will enjoy a hands-on class designed to teach participants about the fun traditions around sake and the proper way to roll sushi. In addition to making and eating the featured Spiked Sake Roll (a sake infused sushi roll) alongside RA sushi chefs, guests will enjoy creating other menu items including a Philadelphia Roll and Salmon Nigiri. Fresh edamame and miso soup will be served as will sake flights featuring Sho Ciku Bai, Miso Sparkling Sake, and Red Flower Sake.

Pros & Cons: Evaluate the Ballot Propositions

October 22, 2018

Pros-Cons-Ballot-PropositionsThe League of Women Voters of Torrance Area will host Pros & Cons: Evaluate the Ballot Propositions on Monday, October 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, Torrance Meeting Room.

Learn about the ballot measures for the November 6th General Election. There will be a balanced and neutral presentation of the 11 Statewide propositions and 1 County measure.

This event is FREE to attend and all are welcome. Space is limited. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information, email

The Katy Geissert Civic Center Library is located at 3301 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503.