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ENTERTAINMENT & ELECTRONICS SERVICES AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6 AMC Dine-In Marina 6 T-Mobile FINANCIAL Bank of America ATM Chase Citibank Wells Fargo Bank GROCERY & DRUGS CVS Pharmacy Gelson’s Market Pavilions

INT’L NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES & BOOKS Barnes & Noble Bookstore RESTAURANTS & QUICK SERVICE FOOD Baja Fresh Mexican Grill Burger Lounge Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf DOMA Kitchen East Coast Bagel Fatburger Irori Sushi J. Nichols Restaurant Jamba Juice Le Pain Quotidien New India’s Oven Panda Express Pizzarito Ruth’s Chris Steak House Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana

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Take a Boat Out on Santa Monica Bay You don’t need your own boat to get out on the water! Whether you’re looking to join a fishing charter to explore the best fishing spots or booking a luxurious yacht such as “The Duchess” to make a memorable experience, set your sights on the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the pleasure of sailing around the Santa Monica Bay. If you prefer a DIY-sail, Marina del Rey Boat Rentals offers easy-to-navigate rental boats for active sailors and beginners alike.

Marina del Rey Sportfishing, 13552 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey | (310) 822-3625 | Duchess Charter Cruise, 14120 Tahiti Way, Marina del Rey | (800) 676-1470 | Marina del Rey Boat Rentals, 13717 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey (310) 306-4444 |

Group Skate with GRLSWIRL Grab your favorite skateboard and friends and glide through the streets of Venice with palm trees and a beautiful SoCal sunset as backdrop. GRLSWIRL hosts a twice-monthly group skate for women and girls at the Venice Skate Park, offering the perfect motivation for female skaters to board together and empower each other in a group setting. Meetups are held every first Tuesday and the second-to-last Tuesday of every month during the summer. Follow @grlswirl on Instagram for updates.

Venice Skate Park, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice |

Play Flag Football on the Beach Kick-start your summer fitness routine and meet other young professionals and LA locals while playing beach flag football. Held (almost) every Saturday on Santa Monica Beach, this fun group plays for charity all year round. Grab a buddy or a few friends and get active while playing — in the sun — for a good cause, and don’t forget to register online. The league starts July 20.

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Go for an Early Morning or Late Night Run Start your weekend off right with a quick run or leisurely stroll along the iconic Santa Monica Pier and beach. Race at your own pace and choose your distance (2-mile and 5-mile courses). And then, cool-off and grab your mat for a 9 a.m. group yoga class; take in the sound of waves crashing on the beach and enter a peaceful meditative state. ROGA (run + yoga) is free, just be sure to sign up! If you prefer evening runs, join the Los Angeles Midnight Runners on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Sign up before events reach capacity.

ROGA, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica | (310) 458-8900 | Midnight Runners |

Throw a Beach Bonfire Party Dockweiler State Beach has one thing no other Los Angelesarea beach can offer: bonfire pits. Load up some firewood and bring family and friends out for an afternoon in the sun followed by a cozy campfire under the stars. Pro tip: Bonfire pits cannot be reserved and are available on a firstcome, first-served basis. Arrive early during busy summer weekends, as there are only about 40 of them to go around. 

Dockweiler Beach Fire Pits, 12001 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey (310) 305-9503 | (Continued on page 12)


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ith the Marina situated so close to the Pacific Ocean, most of the boats we see around here are the ones that can handle, at least on some level, ocean conditions. There are electric Duffy boats coming out of Marina del Rey boat rentals, and a few other exceptions to the rule but that’s mostly what we have. But lately, you may have seen another kind of boat that isn’t usually in this neck of the woods, they’re often in flat water habitats like lakes and bays where white caps are a rarity. We’re talking about pontoon boats. These vessels are sort of like a comfortable outdoor deck, with comfy seating and some nice accoutrements placed on some of the boats that make the ride very stable and pleasant. They’re popular in these flat water environments because they are perfect for bringing a bunch of people out for a day of cruising around and chilling out in a mellow setting. Most people who enjoy pontoon boats aren’t thinking,

“Let me see what this thing can do!” It’s more like, “Where are the drink holders and is there a remote for that stereo?” Recently, Yachts 4 Fun in Marina del Rey added a couple of pontoon boats to their rental fleet and as they pass by, it’s hard to deny their inviting quality. If you’re the kind of person who likes to hang out with a bunch of friends and tool around the Marina under the shade of a Bimini with a cool beverage in your hand, consider a pontoon. For this specific purpose, they’re hard to beat. They are not burdened by the qualities (and compromises) a normal boat must have to be ocean-going. Instead they are laid out to hang out. They’re simple and userfriendly for families with little kids and/ or dogs, they have lots of storage and they’re super safe. All that said, Richard Waite who owns Yachts 4 Fun said he was pleasantly surprised at how seaworthy they were. Like many people, Waite had preconceived notions about pontoon boats and was

surprised at how able they actually are. “A fish out of water was my first impression after first sighting pontoons in the ocean”, said Waite. “Then curiosity lead me to research that showed that pontoons with triple tube designs and larger horsepower motors can handle ocean conditions”. Waite now has two Manitou pontoon boats in his fleet – one is 25-feet with a Suzuki 350 hp, (which is ample power!) and another version that’s 23-feet with 250 hp. They can accommodate up to 12 passengers. “This year our plan was to add new boats to our rental fleet at Windward Yacht Center, so I looked for the best luxury pontoon boats on the market and was impressed with Manitou’s V-Toon design that performs like any V-bottom fiberglass boat”, says Waite. “I thought, if we are going to be the first to have pontoons in the Marina, it has to be done right with stable platforms and plenty of power for ocean conditions”.


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Paddleboard, Kayak or Row in the Marina Try your hand at water sports without going far. Palawan Way’s Paddle Method is an accredited stand-up paddleboarding school perfect for first-timers. You can also learn how to glide through the generally calm waters of Mother’s Beach with Admiralty Way’s Pro SUP Shop or Marina del Rey Boat Rentals. The UCLA Marina Aquatic Center (MAC) on Fiji Way also offers a host of fun recreational water sport classes.

Paddle Method | (310) 770-7291 | | Pro SUP Shop | (310) 989-4350 | | Marina del Rey Boat Rentals | (310) 306-4444 | | UCLA Marina Aquatic Center | (310) 823-0048 |

Hike Will Rogers State Historic Park One of the more breathtaking hikes in Greater Los Angeles has to be the Inspiration Loop Trail spanning from the historic Will Rogers estate to Inspiration Point above Pacific Palisades. This dog-friendly and relatively easy 2.25-mile trail offers views of the city on one side and the Pacific on the other. A $12 parking fee supports maintenance of the park, and with the Will Rogers Polo Club adjacent to the parking lot you might be able to catch a match for free.

Will Rogers State Historic Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Road, Pacific Palisades | (310) 203-2017 | (Continued on page 14)

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Learn How to Sail It’s never too late, or too early, to learn how to sail. The L.A. County Youth Sailing Camp holds sailing sessions for kids ages 11 to 17 starting in mid-June at Burton Chace Park. (But sign up soon!) The Fairwind Yacht Club, a sailing nonprofit club, offers access to many sailboats, so you can steer clear of the costs of boat ownership. Bluewater Sailing offers top-notch private lessons. And if you’re single, the Single Mariners of Marina del Rey match boat owners with would-be sailors during low-key social outings.

L.A. County Youth Sailing Program | (424) 526-7888 | | Fairwind Yacht Club | (866) 210-3019 | | Bluewater Sailing | (310) 823-5545 | | Single Mariners |

Learn How to Surf Let’s face it: everyone, Southern Californians especially, wants to live the real California Dream and learn how to surf at some point. Whether you’re new to the sport or just need to brush up on your skills, take the plunge and sign up for surf lessons. Experience the thrill of riding waves at these premier surf schools: Learn To Surf LA, Kapowui Surf Club, Aqua Surf School and Go Surf LA. Your wave is waiting.

Learn To Surf LA | (310) 663-2479 | | Kapowui Surf Club, 300 Ocean Front Walk, Venice | (310) 985-4577 | Aqua Surf School | (310) 902-7737 | | Go Surf LA, 1 Bicknell Ave., Santa Monica | (310) 428-9870 |

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Free Outdoor Concerts Sway to the beats of summer with symphonies, tributes & musical block parties *All Marina Concert Series shows are at 7 p.m. in Burton Chace Park, with info at

Thursday, July 11

Sunday, July 21

*Marina Concert Series: Opera at the Shore

Concerts in the Park: Queen Nation The ultimate Queen tribute band will rock you from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Playa Vista Central Park Bandshell (along East Waterfront Drive).

June 15, June 29 & Saturdays in July

Meet Me at Reed Concerts Live bands put on free concerts between 5 and 7 p.m. at Christine Emerson Reed Park (1133 7th St., Santa Monica), with family activities starting as early as 3 p.m. String Theory brings locationbased instrumentals to the park on July 13; the Santa Monica Symphony closes out the series on July 27; other talent TBA.

Thursday, July 25

*Marina Concert Series: Sights, Sounds & Dance in America The Marina del Rey Symphony teams with the Nancy Dobbs Owen Dance Troupe for a celebration of American dance, with selections drawing from Gershwin’s “American in Paris” and Craig Safan’s “Odyssey”inspired “Sirens.”

Friday, June 21

Make Music Los Angeles   Santa Monica celebrates the summer solstice and the French Fête de la Musique tradition with free outdoor concerts in public parks throughout the city at various times throughout the day. Performers TBA. Sunday, June 23

Main Street Summer SOULstice Main Street closes from Pico Boulevard to Marine Street to make room for one of the biggest street festivals of the year, with six separate outdoor music stages, 100+ vendors, and several beer-and-wine gardens from 1 to 7 p.m.

Concerts in the Park: Blue Breeze Sway and groove to the best of Motown, R&B, jazz and blues from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Playa Vista Concert Park (at Alla and Runway roads). Sunday, June 30

SAMJAM Venice Block Party Winston House and 2332 Collective stage live music and a massive outdoor dance party from noon to 8 p.m. at the Oakwood Recreation Center and Park, 767 California Ave., Venice.

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Saturday, Aug. 3

*Marina Concert Series: Jon Batiste The Marina del Rey Symphony begins its Symphonic Thursdays series with stage performances and musical selections from Puccini’s “La Bohème” before the musicians perform a live soundtrack to scenes from Lon Chaney’s 1925 silent film “The Phantom of the Opera.” Saturday, July 20

*Marina Concert Series: Rickie Lee Jones There’s a lot more to this singer-songwriter, actress and producer than “Chuck E.’s in Love” and “The Last Chance Texaco” — namely five decades of solid rock and pop drawing from classic R&B and blues traditions. Sat. & Sun., July 20 & 21

Venice Beach Music Fest 14 Women rock pioneers Ace of Cups, newly reunited after their original HaightAshbury run, headline this annual free celebration of Venice’s countercultural traditions. Music and dancing is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. where the boardwalk meets Windward Avenue.

Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” bandleader can play just about anything, but this night is all about Batiste sharing his true passion: jazz. Thursday, Aug. 8

*Marina Concert Series: Kronos Quartet The Grammy-winning strings troupe brings classical music into the 21st century with innovative sounds and a vibrant stage presence. (Continued on page 20)

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Concerts in the Park: Woodstock Tribute Songs from the most important rock concert in history jump off the vinyl and onto the stage at the Playa Vista Central Park Bandshell (along East Waterfront Drive) from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

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to Aretha and Tina Turner lays it down old school and new school at Burton Chace Park.

Me, Kate” — a production so ambitious it demands a Saturday encore. Saturday, Aug. 31

Wed., Aug. 21

Twilight Concert Series Kickoff

*Marina Concert Series: Jenny & The Mexicats This multicultural Latin band closes out the summer concert season with trumpets, percussion, guitar and double base blasting out tunes that tap the rockabilly, flamenco, reggae, Veracruz, country and cumbia traditions for a sound that’s exciting and new.

Saturday, Aug. 17

*Marina Concert Series: Leela James The young R&B singer-songwriter with a deep, rich voice that’s earned comparisons

VENUE INFO The Santa Monica Pier’s famous outdoor concerts return on Wednesday nights through late August and September; artists TBA. Thurs., Aug. 21 & Sat., Aug. 24

*Marina Concert Series: “Kiss Me, Kate” The Marina del Rey Symphony stages Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical “Kiss

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Celebrations Under the Sun & Sky Your guide to outdoor street fests, pop-ups, parades and more… Sunday, May 26


with three events: a beach cleanup from 8:30 to 11 a.m., a block party and Venice Pride Sign Lighting from 4 to 11 p.m., and the Gaywatch afterparty taking over The Victorian from bottom (Basement Tavern) to top (The Birdcage) from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets to Gaywatch ($10) sell out fast. Proceeds support Venice Pride.

Various locations | Monopoly comes to life on Main (Photo by Kristina Sado)

SaMo Pride: Smorgasburg LA + “Miles of Pride” Lighting

The sixth annual “MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street,” is a real-life twist on the classic board game, but for foodies. Venture between many of Main Street’s finest eateries between 1 and 6 p.m., earning credits and competing for prizes. Monocles, top-hats and bow-ties encouraged! Tickets are $25 to $50.

Get a taste of the colorful events coming to the Santa Monica Pier this summer. Hailed as the “Woodstock of Eating,” Smorgasburg LA helps to kick off SaMo Pride month with over 90 food & shopping vendors, a beer garden and live deejay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Then the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding businesses light up in rainbow colors at sundown to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Main Street, Santa Monica | Last Sundays: May 26, June 30, July 28 & Aug. 25

Killer Rides Car Show Killer Shrimp’s eighth annual summer car show series celebrates hot rods, exotic motorcycles and classic cars with food, music and family fun from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Sunday of each month in summer: May 26, June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25. Free.

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Summer is officially in full bloom! Venice Art Crawl and Flower Fest have decided to roll their individually popular events into one this year, presenting an afternoon filled with delicious food, the best of local Venice art, and lots of live music between 2 and 6 p.m. Chase the fun along Rose Avenue from Lincoln Boulevard to the beach. Free.

Venice Pride is back for a fourth year, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community

Rose Avenue between Lincoln Blvd. and Ocean Front Walk. |

Killer Shrimp, 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey | (310) 578-2293 | Saturday, June 1

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Sat. & Sun., June 1 & 2

Marina del Rey Halibut Derby The longest-running fishing tournament in L.A. returns for its 44th year. Presented by Marina del Rey Anglers, the Halibut Derby includes two full days of fishing (5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday), with winners determined by weigh-ins at the end of each day. Proceeds go to several good causes: a youth fishing program, the White Sea Bass Grow Out Program, and Halibut research. Participants are encouraged to attend a Halibut Derby seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30. The entry fee is $250.

Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey | (424) 229-1890 | Sunday, June 2

Pedal on the Pier Assemble a team of up to five for the annual Pedal on the Pier event, a philanthropic stationary cycling event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Teams ride for five hours (or about 100 miles) to raise money for the Harold Robinson Foundation, (Continued on page 24)

Spin for a good cause at Pedal on the Pier

Overlooking the picturesque Marina del Rey harbor, Cafe del Rey offers a truly fine-dining experience with coastal-inspired cuisine in an elegant seaside setting.


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Santa Monica Pier, 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica | Saturday, June 8

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boat show on the Westside, is joining forces with Discover Marina del Rey, a family-friendly seaside event with live music, food and information booths. MarinaFest runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover Marina del Rey is free on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. MarinaFest wristbands are $10; otherwise, free.

A day of family fun at the Dockweiler Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey | Youth Center includes a petting zoo, bounce houses, rides, face painters, Sun. & Mon., June 23 & 24 balloon artists, live entertainment and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reserve Pier 360 Ocean Sports tickets at Eventbrite for faster entry. Free. Beach Festival

Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey | (310) 726-4128 |; Thursday, June 13

ChamberFest LAeXpo Part “taste of,” part business expo, part networking event, the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s annual ChamberFest LAeXpo brings more than 80 businesses together to showcase their products and services from 4 to 7 p.m. Make new community connections while enjoying delicious food and participating in games and raffles. $10 entry to sample “Taste of” menu; otherwise, admission is free.

The CenterPointe Club, 6200 Playa Vista Dr., Playa Vista | (310) 645-5151 Fri. & Sat., June 14, 15, 28 & 29

House Aquatic Happy Hour Pop-ups From 8 p.m. to midnight, indulge your inner child and adult sensibilities at these immersive cocktail and performance parties inspired by “Peewee’s Playhouse” and benefitting Heal the Bay. Tickets are $45.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica |

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Main Street from Pico Boulevard to Marine Street, Santa Monica | Thurs., June 27 & Thurs., July 25

Venice Beach Street Fest Celebrate the unique culture of Venice at the Venice Beach Street Fest, a street party featuring dynamic musical acts and street performers. The event will happen twice — from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday, June 27, and then again during the same hours on July 25. Free.

1415 Ocean Front Walk, Venice | Fri. to Sun., June 28 to 30

Shakespeare in the Park: “As You Like It” Celebrate water sports & ocean culture at Pier 360 Dating back to the ’30s, this annual beach festival offers a variety of land and sea competitions including the short-course paddle, the long-course paddle, a stand-up paddleboard knockout, several ocean swimming events, a 3k sand run/walk, beach volleyball, mini-ramp skateboarding and more. Spectators can also enjoy live music, Polynesian dancing, delicious eats and a beer/spirit garden. Entry fees range from $10 to $55 depending on the event. Free to watch.

Santa Monica Pier | 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica | Sunday, June 23

Main Street Summer SOULstice Sat. & Sun., June 22 & 23

and several beer-and-wine gardens, the event aims to grow from its 15,000 attendees. Little ones can get in on the fun at the Kids Korner, which includes a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, and special musical performances. Main Street will be fully closed from Pico Boulevard to Marine Street from 1 to 7 p.m. Free.

For the 19th consecutive summer, Summer SOULstice is returning to Main Street. With six separate live outdoor music stages, 100-plus street vendors

Loyola Marymount University’s Theater Arts Department stages its 2nd annual Shakespeare on the Bluff festival on the LMU campus and Shakespeare in the Park in Playa Vista. Students and alumni perform “As You Like It,” a family-friendly Shakespearean comedy featuring lovers Rosalind and Orlando, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at LMU’s Lawton Plaza (1 LMU Drive) and again at 7 p.m. Sunday at Concert Park in Playa Vista (13020 Pacific Promenade). The show runs 90 minutes — bring lawn chairs and a picnic!

Lawton Plaza, LMU & Concert Park, Playa Vista | (310) 388-2700 | Sunday, June 30

SAMJAM Venice Block Party SAMJAM kicks off Fourth of July week in Venice with live music, live art, food trucks and fun for all-ages. In partnership with local charities, (Continued on page 26)

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Oakwood Recreation Center and Park, 767 California Ave., Venice | Thursday, July 4

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade The Ocean Park Association presents its annual Independence Day parade, with marching bands, local organizations and community groups stepping off from Main Street and Pico Boulevard at 9:30 a.m. and heading down Marina Street to the beach. Spectators can dress in red, white and blue to join in the fun. Free to watch.

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Southland. Fireworks start at 9 p.m. sharp and last 20 spectacular minutes. Popular viewing locations include Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village, but just about anywhere with a clear line of sight to the marina’s main channel is a good spot to see the show. Free to watch.

Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey | Fisherman’s Village, 13737 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey | Saturday, July 13

The Get Around The Mar Vista Art Walk is teaming up with the Venice Art Crawl to present The Get Around, a full 3.5 miles of art, music and performances along Venice Boulevard. Mobility is the theme, with vehicles from sonic skateboards to the new LANow shuttle on display from 2 to 10 p.m. all the way from the 405 to the beach. Free.


Venice Boardwalk at Windward Avenue | Sunday, July 21

Westside Food & Wine Festival More than 25 of SoCal’s finest wine, spirit and food purveyors serve scrumptious samples to guests at this event featuring live music, deejays and kids’ entertainment from 3 to 7 p.m. Children under 10 free with paying adult, otherwise must bring ID. Proceeds benefit The Westside Food Bank. Tickets $40 to $70.

Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City | Fri., Sat. & Sun., July 26, 27 & 28

Shakespeare in the Park: “Pericles”

Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista and Venice | Thursday, July 18

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Westchester Fourth of July Parade The annual LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce-sponsored celebration marks its 20th anniversary with the timely theme “America, Better Together!” Watch as dozens of marching bands, floats, horse teams, fire trucks and community VIPs step off at 11 a.m. to put on a major spectacle with a classic small-town feel. Free to watch.

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Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Celebration Marina del Rey hosts one of the most popular fireworks shows in the 26 Westside Summer Guide 2019

Enjoy some good old-fashioned summertime fun at this family-friendly picnic with crafts, tug-o-war, games, dancing and other planned activities from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free, but RSVP to secure a spot.

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Venice Beach Music Fest 14 Spend the day celebrating art, music, dance and literature where Windward Avenue meets the Venice Boardwalk. This year features a performance by Ace of Cups, an inventive all-female rock group that exploded onto the San Francisco scene in the late 1960s but was lost to history until old recordings resulted in a new record deal. Concerts and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

LMU takes Shakespeare outdoors LMU’s Shakespeare on the Bluff festival follows “As You Like It” with “Pericles,” an adventure-filled play that follows the sailing journeys of a young prince. LMU performances begin at 8 p.m. in Lawton Plaza (1 LMU Drive). Sunday’s show at Playa Vista’s Central Park Bandshell (12405 E. Waterfront Drive) begins at 7 p.m. Performances are family-friendly, 90-minute shows. Feel free to bring a picnic and some lawn chairs! Free.

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Westside Summer Festival Calendar (Continued from page 26)

Sat., July 27 & Sun., July 28

Venice Beach Festival Spend a weekend immersed in the unique culture of Venice. Event features special vendors, eclectic cuisine, live entertainment, appearances by Venice Beach icons and much more. The fun lasts from 10 to 6 p.m. both days. Free.

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Sunday, July 28

Old Fashioned Day in the Park Get out and explore vintage yachts and classic cars from the Roaring ’20s to the Swinging ‘60s, with several modern-day food trucks on site to satisfy contemporary appetites. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

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Festival of Chariots This ancient tradition from India is a joyous celebration of life. Colorful parade chariots are pulled by hand down Main Street to Venice Beach from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with an afterparty on the boardwalk to follow. Free to watch.

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Cinema Under The Stars Warm summer evenings and Hollywood magic create special family memories Friday, June 21

Movie in the Park: “Green Book”

Bros. blockbuster screening seaside under the stars.

Eat, See, Hear: “Beetlejuice”

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in this Best Picture winner about a black touring musician and his white driver in the segregated American South. Screening at the Playa Vista Central Park Bandshell. Friday, July 5

Beach Movie Nights: “Lego Batman Movie” Bring the kids and have a laugh at this creative send-up of the Batman superhero movie franchise. Saturday, July 6

Marina Movie Nights: “Aquaman” Travel to Atlantis with superhero Jason Momoa in this DC Comics / Warner

Newly dead newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin team up with rambunctious ghoul Michael Keeton to save their home from a teenage Winona Ryder and her parents. Event runs 5:30 to 11 p.m., with food trucks and live music (band TBA) before the film.

Friday, July 19

Beach Movie Nights: “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” Join Drac and his animated monster family on a luxury vacation cruise that develops into a comical actionadventure. Friday, July 26

Beach Movie Nights: “Incredibles 2”

Friday, July 12

Beach Movie Nights: “Smallfoot” In this animated family film, a friendly yeti freaks out when he discovers a mythical human but no one in his mountain village will believe him. Saturday, July 13

Marina Movie Nights: “Forrest Gump” Travel through a generation of American history with Tom Hanks as the naïve, optimistic, compassionate and determined hero who remains steady as a rock while the world tumbles around him.

A superhero must learn to become a super dad who can pull the family together to foil an evil plot by an arch-nemesis in this fun animated family film. Saturday, July 27

Marina Movie Nights: “Crazy Rich Asians” This film represents classic Hollywood romantic dramedy at it’s very best, with the beauty and excitement of its Singapore setting stealing the show. Friday, Aug. 2

Beach Movie Nights: “The Lego Movie 2” In this animated sequel, the heroes of Bricksburg reunite to save their (Continued on page 32)

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Saturday, Aug. 24

Movies in the Park: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

An Italian pizzeria owner in Brooklyn and a neighborhood local clash in this classic Spike Lee film examining race and representation.

Eat, See, Hear: “Do the Right Thing”

Four teens find themselves in a wild adventure when they’re transformed into adult avatars in a real-life game of Jumanji.

VENUE INFO Beach Movie Nights: 8 p.m. Fridays at Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey | (310) 726-4128 | | All films PG | Free

Friday, Aug. 9

Beach Movie Nights: “Shark Tale” A fast-talking little fish and a vegetarian shark hatch a plan to change their fortunes, but find themselves caught in a great white lie.

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Saturday, Aug. 10

Marina Movie Nights: “Black Panther” Travel to the mythical land of Wakanda in this fantasy-sci-fi superhero action thriller, a cultural phenomenon that

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Beach Movie Nights: “Sherlock Gnomes” Renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes is on the case to investigate the mysterious disappearance of garden gnomes in the city of London.

Eat, See Hear: 5:30 to 11 p.m. at the Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica | | $8 to $21 Marina Movie Nights: 8 p.m. Saturdays at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey | (424) 526-7777 | beaches. | All films PG or PG-13| Free Movies in the Park: 8 to 10 p.m. at Playa Vista Central Park Bandshell or Playa Vista Concert Park | | Free


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The Westside's Summer Guide 2019  

What to do and where to go on the Westside.

The Westside's Summer Guide 2019  

What to do and where to go on the Westside.