Regular Events

For a full list of upcoming events here in Santa Monica, organized by our BLSM partners + participating businesses:  click here.   Here are some of our favorite weekly events....

DOWNTOWN FARMERS' MARKETS
Every Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.+ Every Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Arizona Avenue and 2nd Street.  www.smgov.net/farmers_market/

PICO FARMERS' MARKET
Every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Location:  Virginia Avenue Park (Pico Boulevard at 22nd St). www.smgov.net/farmers_market

MAIN STREET FARMERS' MARKET
Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 2640 Main Street.  Free validation parking at the beach. Free bicycle valet parking at the market.  www.smgov.net/farmers_market/

TECH TALK TUESDAYS
2nd Tuesdays, monthly, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free but RSVP required. Location: SM Chamber, 1234 6th Street.  www.smchamber.com

BUSINESS @ SUNSET MIXER
3rd Wednesdays, monthly, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Locations vary, to RSVP and purchase tickets: www.smchamber.com

Saturday
Sep072019

Buy Local Health + Fitness Festival

Location:  Reed Park (Lincoln Blvd @ Wilshire/California Avenue)

11am - 4 pm

This free community event, co-produced by the SM Chamber of Commerce + the City of Santa Monica, will feature music,  pop up shops,  and  interactive classes, and lots of opportunities to get to know your City.   Local businesses will provide  expertise,  advice,  health screenings,  and  free product samples  to promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for the entire Santa Monica Community.  Local businesses from every neighborhood will be there.  Don’t miss the chance to be part of this amazing feel-good festival and help support your local businesses, schools, and public services!

Some highlights this year include the SAMOHI Marching Band kicking off the festival at 11 a.m., free dance/workout/yoga demonstrations throughout the day at the Buy Local Stage, a Health Zone featuring mini workshops for seniors on maximizing brain health and fun games for kids, an artist-led workshop to decorate your heads and helmets to prepare for COAST, free Bike Local bags with a decoration booth for kids of all ages and the popular UCLA People -Animal Connection therapy dogs.  The SMC Emeritus Gospel Choir will help us bring down the festival with the final performance at 3:30 pm. 

VIEW THE BUY LOCAL HEALTH + FITNESS FESTIVAL STAGE SCHEDULE

FOR MORE INFO ON THE FESTIVAL'S "HEATLH ZONE" INCL. FREE HEALTH SERVICES, EXERCISE DEMO'S + GIVEAWAYS, CLICK HERE

VIEW THE BUY LOCAL FESTIVAL 2019 EXHIBITOR LIST (as of 8/31)

This year we are pleased to be partnering again with the Santa Monica Classic and Santa Monica Education Foundation, along with UCLA Health SM, Kaiser Permanente, Providence St John's Health Center + Cedars Sinai.  For more info >

 

Wednesday
Sep112019

Virginia Avenue Park Campus Open House

6 - 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Avenue 

Meet with community service agencies to learn about programs and services that can benefit your family.  At the event, visit 12 + agencies to receive school craft supplies for your child, while supplies last.  For more info:  (310) 458-8688.  Walking and biking encouraged.  The Park is also served by Big Blue Bus #7.

Wednesday
Sep112019

Twilight on the Pier

Wednesdays - August 21 + 28, September 4, 11, 18 + 25

7 - 10 pm

Location:  SM Pier

Twilight on the Pier is the free weekly music festival as iconic as the Pier itself. Now in it’s 35th consecutive year, Twilight continues the long-standing tradition of celebrating emerging and established artists and sounds from around the world. Featuring art, an all new comedy stage, eats, wine and beer garden, games and interactive activations. 

To view the weekly concert lineup:  https://santamonicapier.org/twilight/

Saturday
Sep142019

5th Annual OFF THE HOOK Santa Monica Seafood Festival

Location:  Santa Monica Pier

4-8 p.m.

The 5th Annual OFF THE HOOK Seafood Festival is making a splash onto the iconic Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, Sept 14th! This oceanfront culinary fundraiser features samplings from dozens of the city's best restaurants, boutique wines, spirits tastings, beer gardens, live music, oyster shucking competition and more, all while raising funds for HEAL THE BAY to help make our ocean safe, healthy and clean.

Enjoy some of Santa Monica’s unrivaled seafood offerings from restaurants such as FIG, Herringbone, Blue Plate Oysterette and The Lobster. Best of all, OFF THE HOOK strives to be 100% PLASTIC-FREE! Tickets are all-inclusive of food and drink. Tickets:  $50 GA/ $85 VIP (Early Bird tickets on sale until 8/16)

Catch them while you can! www.offthehookseafoodfest.com

Sunday
Sep152019

Santa Monica's 4th Annual COAST Open Streets Event

10am – 4pm

Location:  Main Street, Ocean Avenue (from Wilshire Blvd to CO Ave), CO Esplanade + SM Pier

This year’s COAST invites everyone to handmake or decorate real or imaginary people-powered devices and showcase them at the event.   On September 15, everyone is invited to this free city celebration of a more people-powered and sustainable Santa Monica where they can showcase their favorite real or imaginary car-free way of getting around. In addition to the two miles of car-free streets filled with roaming musicians, hands-on activities and an assortment of participatory classes, the event will be a pageant of attendees’ creativity.

Free, artist-led workshops in early September will provide inspiration and materials to create and decorate costumes, conveyances, walking pieces or devices (check event website starting in late July for workshop dates + locations).  People are also welcomed to decorate on their own or collaborate with friends, family and neighbors to create a larger than life moving installation that will be featured the day of the event. Attendees will bring, wear, or ride their creations to the streets on event day, where there will be opportunities to win prizes for creativity and innovation.   santamonica.gov/coast

PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL NOT BE EXHIBITOR OPPORTUNITIES @ COAST THIS YEAR BUT WE ARE COLLECTING "BUY LOCAL @ COAST" BUSINESS SPECIALS TO HELP PROMOTE YOU DURING THE FESTIVAL.  TO SUBMIT A SPECIAL, CLICK HERE:  http://www.buylocalsantamonica.com/coast2019/ (Deadline to submit is Sept 9th!)

 

Saturday
Sep212019

Master Gardeners at the Pico Farmers Market (monthly - 3rd Saturdays)

Location:  Pico Farmers Market @ Virginia Avenue Park (Pico @ Cloverfield)

9:30am- 12 noon

Master Gardeners provide free gardening tips, solutions to gardening problems, seeds and seedlings as well as their technical expertise based on the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program which provides intense gardening training emphasizing organic gardening and covers vegetables, fruits, flowers, shrubs, trees, soils, composting, pests and harvesting.

The Master Gardeners of Los Angeles visit the Pico Farmers Market on the third Saturday of each month 9:30 am - Noon.

Wednesday
Sep252019

Sustainable Works Eco Star Awards Celebration

6:30-9 p.m.

Location:  Capital One Cafe, 401 Broadway

Celebrate achievements of local leaders making valuable contributions to sustainability in our communities,.  This year's Eco Star Honoress are Julia Jaye Poysin of Steel Straws , Mike Sullivan of LA Car Guy and Sony Pictures A Greener World.  

ENJOY a choice of fare made from locally sourced organic ingredients prepared by Uplifters Kitchen. Complimentary beer, wine and refreshing beverages.

SUPPORT Sustainable Works and its mission to educate and inspire students, residents and businesses to make sustainable decisions and build more resilient and flourishing communities.  To purchase a ticket or be a sponsor:  https://sustainableworks.networkforgood.com/events/13484-sustainable-works-2019-eco-star-awards

Wednesday
Sep252019

Bike Local SM Handlebar Happy Hour (monthly)

Location:  Gilbert's El Indio, 2526 Pico Blvd 

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Join us for our monthly Handlebar Happy Hour where we'll be celebrating bicycling with our Bike Local Santa Monica partners - SM SPOKE + friends - at some of our favorite Buy Local SM bars + restaurants!   This month we're excited to visit one of the #MostLovedSM Businesses on Pico Boulevard... a true local, family-owned neighborhood gem....Gilbert's El Indio.

Gilbert's Bike LocalSM #HBHH special:  $14 pitchers of margaritas + $5 menu items (Weds 9/25 only!)

Our Happy Hours support local businesses and BuyLocalSM.  For more info SMSpoke.org  Come join us!

#HBHH #BikeLocalSM #BikeSM #SMSpoke #DrinkLocalSM #EatLocalSM

Thursday
Oct102019

IndieCade

October 10-12, 2019
Location:  SMC Center for Media + Design, 1660 Stewart St

Save the date!  IndieCade, the international festival of independent games is coming back to Santa Monica for the 2nd year on October 12-14th. IndieCade is the premiere international event dedicated to celebrating independent interactive media from around the globe and was launched two decades ago.  We're pleased to welcome them back to Santa Monica!  For more info + to purchase tickets: https://www.indiecade.com/
Sunday
Oct272019

Main Street's 3rd Annual Howl-o-ween 

2-5:30 p.m.

Location:  Pacific Street Dog Park (Main St @ Pacific St)

Santa Monica’s Popular Costume Contest for Furry Friends is Back! Pets and humans are invited to participate in a costume contest with local vendors, food truck, pet friendly exhibitors and raffle opportunities with prizes from over 20+ Main Street restaurants & retailers!  For more info + to register your dog:  www.mainstreetsm.com/howl-o-ween/

“A pet party with spooky treats for everyone!

Pacific Street Dog Park
2PM ~ FREE Registration & Pet Mixer
4PM ~ Costume Contest
5PM ~ Raffle Winners Announced
5:30PM ~ Best Pet Costumes Announced