A Guide to Summer Events in the Southbay
Summer brings us free outdoor shows and festivals! So where to begin.. those who love anything art related there are a few events coming up to peak your interest.
Malaga Cove Lawn Art Show
This event consists of original pieces from local artists in a family friendly environment. The type of art varies including jewelry, 3D sculptures, paintings, ceramics and photography. The artist attend the events to chat with people who are interested in buying their work and just to enjoy a friendly conversation with a fan. This art show has been a tradition in Palos Verdes for about 75 years.
Malaga Cove Plaza, Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
July 15-16th 10am-5pm
For all my foodies out there, the Greek festivals combines great food and a dope cultural experience. The festival brings in mostly locals who go to the church or who live near it. The festival showcases traditional dances and tasty authentic Greek food. The vibe is always welcoming to newcomers and those who just want to learn about and experience a new culture. The admission fee is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children are free. The tickets will be sold at the door.
722 Knob Hill Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
July 14: 5pm-10pm July 15: 12pm-10pm July 16: 12pm-9pm
International Surf Festival
The 56th annual event that incorporates swimming, surfing, and various other beach activities into the entire festival. In the past there were different festivals for each beach city however this festival has combined the South bay area into one 4 day festival. Participants range from ages 8-80 years old in any of the events available. The beach is filled with sponsors passing out free samples and fun activities for those of us who just want to walk around and scope the scene. To participate in the festival sign ups are located on their website.
Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
August 3, 4, & 6
The 20th annual event is sponsored by a local Mexican restaurant, Riviera Mexican Grill. This event is an event connected to the International Surf Festival. This is a paddle boarding event that is held at Torrance Beach, participants are to paddle 7 miles out and come back to shore as fast as possible. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and a free breakfast burrito complimentary from Riviera Mexican Grill. Online registration is $40 and Beach registration is $50. There is going to be a raffle held for all the participants with some exciting prizes. So come out and support or join in on the fun!
387 Paseo De La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
August 6 at 8am
Redondo Beach: Cruise at the Beach
This event is for all my car fanatics, the Redondo Beach’s Ruby’s host a classic car meet up where owners of these cars post up and admire each others cars. The event is located in the parking lot of Ruby’s near seaside lagoon which is a fun idea for families to check out after a day at the beach. The vibes are always great around this area and especially at car shows. Everyone is open to talk about their cars or give advice to anyone who is restoring a classic car. The event does not exclude newer models or even motorcycles, it’s a friendly atmosphere that most families in the area attend. This is a great event to come take pictures and enjoy the vibes of the beach and the company of great friends.
245 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
April-October 27, Every Friday from 4pm-8pm
Manhattan Beach Concerts: Polliwog Park
This is an annual event that takes place starting the first weekend in July until the first weekend in September. This usually consists of local bands or bands in the surrounding area coming together for an afternoon of music. The performances are free to anyone who attends and likes to chill out to music. Most of the bands performing are cover bands. Usually people who attend this event bring blankets to sit on and make it an evening picnic. This event usually attracts locals and families but are open to anyone who would like to check it out. The surrounding area is a great place to chill and not too far away from the pier and local shops. The link below shows the lineup of bands that are to play each sunday. So come out and check out some great cover bands and chill vibes.
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Thru September 5, every Sunday starting at 5pm
San Pedro: Music By The Sea
This event has live music starting around 12pm and vendors selling crafts and even massages. It is held at a local park in San Pedro and it begins the first Sunday in July and ends on July 30. It is an annual event that brings out all the locals from San Pedro and the surrounding area. It is a great place to relax and have a nice BBQ on a Sunday afternoon. The event is free and welcoming to anyone who would like to attend. I have grown up attending this event and I have to say there has never been a bad vibe present at this event. Mostly families and friends come out for the music and the overall vibes. The only down fall of the event is the parking situation, so come early for a good spot! I’ll catch you guys out there!
807 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
July 2 to July 30, every Sunday from 12pm-5pm