Jan
1
11:00 AM11:00

New Year's Day Venice Penguin Swim

Venice Beach Penguin Swim (Photo courtesy Venice Beach Photos)

Venice Beach Penguin Swim (Photo courtesy Venice Beach Photos)

Start 2017 with a brisk dip into the Pacific at the Venice Breakwater.

Registration starts at 11 a.m. Everyone in the water by noon. Two swimmers who brave the chilly surf and mark the quickest 400-yard lap around a buoy with be crowned as penguin royalty. Dare to take home the victory and bragging rights or opt for the 100-yard "fun" course. 

Everyone who finishes will be rewarded with a certificate, snacks and, best of all, a hot drink. 

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Artists & Fleas Venice
Dec
24
11:00 AM11:00

Artists & Fleas Venice

Get your last-minute holiday gift shopping wrapped up at Artists & Fleas on Saturday December 24th from 11am to 3 pm. Art, jewelry, clothing and home goods (both vintage and newly handmade) are sold by local makers and vendors on the lawn of Abbot Kinney's Westminster elementary school. The event is kid and pet friendly. 

Check out who's vending this weekend at Artists & Fleas

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Dec
21
8:30 AM08:30

Santa Monica Farmers' Market

Photo by Santa Monica Farmers' Market

Photo by Santa Monica Farmers' Market

It's the largest grower-only certified farmers' market in Southern California and a favorite among local chefs. Visit the Santa Monica Farmers' Market every Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Downtown Santa Monica, located at Arizona Ave and 2nd St.

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Venice Family Holiday Festival
Dec
17
11:00 AM11:00

Venice Family Holiday Festival

The sixth annual Family Holiday Festival hosted by the Venice Neighborhood Council will be held this Saturday, December 17, from 11am to 3pm at Oakwood Recreation Center.  The free event is open to the community.

Activities include free pictures with Santa, real snow slides, moon bounces, a kids fitness challenge, arts and crafts, toy raffles, and snacks provided by some of Venice's best restaurants.

The event is made possible by ZEFR and Assemblywoman Autumn Burke. Burke represents the 62nd District in the California State Assembly, which includes coastal Los Angeles and LA County. She recently won her re-election earlier this month.ZEFR is a Venice-based tech company that specializes in video on YouTube and Facebook.  ZEFR was born in Venice and now employs 300 people in the community.

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Holiday Art Market @ Future Space
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Art Market @ Future Space

Future Space, started by the founder of Future Eyes, Brent Pearson (www.futureeyes.com), is launching the space with the first official holiday pop-up event. Shop goods from local artists and businesses as well as the latest works from local designers including:

The Vintage Hideout
Future Eyes
Erika Mugglin
Spirit Tats
Dustin Boyer
Julie Ling
Brea Peck
Lindsey Hufnagel
MyWillows

Plus, tequila spirits sponsored by Calavera.

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Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade
Dec
11
3:30 PM15:30

Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade

"Where the Palm Trees Glisten" will be the theme at the 2016 Venice Canals Holiday Boat Parade and the Best Dressed Homes and Bridges Contest.

Gondolas and crafty wind-powered vessels are all welcome to participate in the annual parade set for Sunday, December 11. Boats will line up at 3:30 p.m. at the corner of Eastern and Carroll Canals with the parade to start at 4 p.m.

Winners of the Best Dressed Homes and Bridges contest, which will be judged on Saturday December 10th, will be announced at the start of the boat parade. Prizes will also be awarded for best boat decorations and originality.

More details and parade route here!

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8th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl
Dec
10
to Dec 11

8th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl

The merriest night of the year in Santa Monica - the 8th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl - returns Saturday December 10 at 5 p.m., presented by Grubhub! Join thousands of crawlers spreading merry good cheer throughout the city and raising money for those in need through the Westside Food Bank. Choose between the Pier, Promenade, Main St. & Wilshire routes, get your tickets, and celebrate the holidays at the SANTA Monica Pub Crawl.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of for the SMPC official wristband, which gives you access to food and drink specials at all of the participating bars on your route. All participants are encouraged to dress in Santa or holiday attire, either individually or as a team. Don’t miss the official SMPC after party at Wokcano after you’ve visited all the bars on your route. Tickets at http://santamonicapubcrawl2016.eventbrite.com.

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Venice Wildflower Holiday Wreaths Workshop
Dec
10
12:30 PM12:30

Venice Wildflower Holiday Wreaths Workshop

Join local floral designer Venice Wildflower for a special wreath-making workshop at Artists & Fleas on Saturday, December 10th. 

An array of foliage, flowers and plants will be on hand to create your own beautiful, unique wreath, ready to be hung at home or gifted as soon as you leave the market.

But these blooms aren't your regular mistletoe — Venice Wildflower founder Mikette Miller loves texture, color, pattern, and scent, and her works are creative concepts brought to fruition at a grand scale. Venice Wildflower is inspired by the grace and power manifested in the wildflower growing free. Mikette will teach you her best tricks to make your wreath a true piece of art ready to take home or to your next holiday party, and will give you tips to make them last. Book tickets for Venice's Artists & Fleas event on December 10 ($40), or stop by the market to watch these beautiful creations brought to life.

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Marina del Rey Snow Day and Holiday Boat Parade
Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Marina del Rey Snow Day and Holiday Boat Parade

The 54th annual holiday boat parade in Marina del Rey begins with a snow day in Burton Chace Park. From noon until 6 p.m., kids can play in the snow, sled, get their faces painted, and then a fireworks show signals the start of the two-hour parade. Fisherman’s Village and nearby bars and restaurants offer the best spots to see the decked out boats illuminate the channels.

Marina del Rey 54th Holiday Boat Parade

 

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39th Annual Santa Monica to Venice Christmas Run
Dec
10
7:30 AM07:30

39th Annual Santa Monica to Venice Christmas Run

One of the Westside's longest running Christmas traditions and fundraisers, the 39th annual Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run returns to the Boardwalk on Saturday, December 10.

Starting in Santa Monica at Barnard Way, the run includes a 5k and a 10k run (or walk) down the beach path, with many participants and their babies (and fur babies) decked out in holiday style. From Santa hats to gingerbread-man costumes, the more the merrier, and there are prizes to be won for best costumes at the finish line. 

The Christmas Run ends at the Venice Pavilion (on Windward at the Venice Sign), and here you'll also find the 1k Kids Fun Run course, along with music and entertainment. 

Registration is $45 in advance or $50 on the weekend of the event. The Kids Fun Run is $20. It includes a long-sleeve running tee, bib with embedded chip timing, finisher's medal, on-course and recovery refreshments, and pre- and post-race entertainment

Santa Monica to Venice Christmas Run // Register Here

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Abbot Kinney Stroll and Snow Day
Dec
4
11:00 AM11:00

Abbot Kinney Stroll and Snow Day

There may be sunshine and palm trees, but a slice of Venice will become a winter wonderland with real snow and a visit from Santa on Saturday, December 4 at the annual Abbot Kinney Stroll.

Peruse in-store events as Christmas carolers harmonize up and down the block. In addition to sledding, there's plenty of activities for the little ones too, including face painting and crafts.

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Muscle Beach Toy Drive
Dec
3
to Dec 4

Muscle Beach Toy Drive

  • Venice Recreation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's the 10th annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive, and it's easy to do your part. Several businesses throughout Venice will have drop-off bins to collect unwrapped gifts. Sometimes they'll even treat you to perks like discounts as a thanks for your generosity when you donate. (Toys should be around $20.) 

You can also bring a toy to the annual Venice Sign Holiday Lighting party on December 2. There will be a collection booth set up. Or, wait until the two-day toy drive extravaganza on Muscle Beach, December 3 and 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa and his entourage of lovely lady elves are due to ride in on an LAPD open sleigh on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Venice Sign Holiday Lighting
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Venice Sign Holiday Lighting

The Venice sign will be made merry and bright at the 5th annual holiday lighting ceremony and block party. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Windward and Pacific, and as in years past, a surprise guest will do the honors of flipping the switch at 8 p.m.

For those who'd like to participate, there will also be a toy collection happening for the 10th Annual Muscle Beach Toy Drive (in conjunction with the LAPD Pacific Division & Pacific Area Boosters) and the Great Venice Toy Drive.

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Lincoln Boulevard Holiday Block Party
Nov
19
4:00 PM16:00

Lincoln Boulevard Holiday Block Party

Shops along Venice's up-and-coming retail stretch of Lincoln Blvd. are throwing a neighborhood block party on Saturday to get the party started on this 2016 holiday season. Music, libations, and of course, sales and shopping perks, will be part of the festivities. Here's a look at what's in store for the event, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Stouts N Staches Fest
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Stouts N Staches Fest

Photo by Stouts N Staches Venice Beach

Photo by Stouts N Staches Venice Beach

Calling all Mo Bros and Mo Sistas—Stouts N Stashes returns to Venice on Saturday, November 19 to celebrate the month of Movember. 

Starting November 1st, men around the world will grow a mustache to raise funds and awareness for charities of their choice focused on men's health. Culminating the effort here in Venice will be the fourth annual Stouts N Staches fest, a beachside bar crawl leading to live music, local vendors and fresh shaves at the Hotel Erwin. A portion of proceeds from Stouts N Staches benefits the Venice Family Clinic. 

General admission tickets available now are $12 each. Day-of tickets are $15 at the door. 

Stouts N Staches

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WestEdge Design Fair
Nov
3
to Nov 6

WestEdge Design Fair

Furniture to fixtures, one of Southern California's biggest celebrations of all things modern returns to Santa Monica this week.

The annual WestEdge Design Fair returns to The Barker Hangar November 3rd through the 6th, welcoming everyone from trade pros to home improvers, and anyone who just simply loves to look (and shop) modern design.

The three-day event begins with an opening party Thursday night and continues with full itineraries Friday through Sunday with indoor and outdoor installations, designer meet-and-greets, and educational seminars that cover topics from "Health and Wellness in Chic and Sophisticated Interiors" presented by The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), to "Designing for Resale: Upping the Ante on Home value Through Smart Design," moderated by the Coldwell Banker Architectural Division.

General admission tickets available on-site are $25 each. Kids under 12 are free, and pups are welcome too. Weekend passes (including parking) are $45, and tickets for Thursday night's opening night, benefitting Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House charity, are $95. They include cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and some other perks like a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Schwinn bike at the silent auction, an all-access pass to WestEdge and a one-year digital subscription to Architectural Digest.

WestEdge Design Fair @ The Barker Hangar // 3021 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, 90405 // Parking $10 daily flat rate

Photo courtesy WestEdge Design Fair.

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ICE at Santa Monica Skating Rink
Nov
3
to Jan 16

ICE at Santa Monica Skating Rink

Open now through January 17, this 8,000-square-foot ice rink gives Westsiders an excuse to break out their winter wear. Located at 5th Street and Arizona, it's a short walk from Third Street Promenade, and a good way to chill out after a day of holiday shopping. Admission is $15, including skate rentals.

ICE at Santa Monica

 

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Main Street Halloween Pub Crawl: Night 2
Oct
31
5:00 PM17:00

Main Street Halloween Pub Crawl: Night 2

Main Street's favorite haunts are hosting a two-night bar crawl starting at Circle Bar. The first crawl takes place Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the next is on Halloween night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Drink specials include $4 draft beers, half-off well drinks and $5 shots. 

Single tickets are $10 each, and there's a five-person group discount for $40. Get tickets here. Check in at Circle Bar and pick up a map of participating bars and wristband.

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Uncle Chuck's Annual Venice Dog-O-Ween Costume Contest
Oct
30
4:00 PM16:00

Uncle Chuck's Annual Venice Dog-O-Ween Costume Contest

It's a Howloween party for the fur babies. Join the pup parade and walk the red carpet in costume for treats and prizes on Sunday October 30th at 23rd Avenue and the Venice Bike Path. 

The fun starts at 4 p.m., and the costume contest and parade starts at 5 p.m.

Treats provided by Hungry Dawgz of Dogtown. Plus, more treats and photos courtesy of Bruno's Pet Boutique.

Acoustic music by Jeremy Parker.

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Deus Ex Machina Sunday Ride To Petersen Automotive Museum
Oct
30
8:00 AM08:00

Deus Ex Machina Sunday Ride To Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum is partnering Venice moto shop Deus Ex Machina for a special motorcycle edition of the Breakfast Club Cruise-In. Meet at Deus at 8 a.m. and cruise over together.

Enjoy strolling through rows of classic, custom, exotic cars, trucks motorcycles and more. Complimentary parking, coffee & bagels are provided to all that attend.

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James' Beach + Canal Club 19th Annual Halloween Party
Oct
29
to Oct 30

James' Beach + Canal Club 19th Annual Halloween Party

The 19th Annual James' Beach/Canal Club Halloween Party. There will be a $500 gift card costume prize. To enter, upload your costume photos from the James' Beach/Canal Club Party and tag James' Beach/Canal Club on Instagram or Facebook along with the hashtag #jbcchalloween. The winner will be chosen Monday, October 31st. There will be two live DJ's, drink specials as well as a photo BOOth provided by Venice Paparazzi. 

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Viceroy Haunted Hotel Halloween Party
Oct
29
to Oct 30

Viceroy Haunted Hotel Halloween Party

The Viceroy in Santa Monica will be transformed into a haunted hotel with costume contests and DJs spinning at the main bar and in the ballroom. This is one of the Westside's biggest Halloween balls with about 1,000 guests, and it sells out before the big night.

Tickets start at $40. Get them while they last.

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