Ongoing Events

ESMoA Experience 15 SPARK: February 22 – June 21, 2015

ESMoA-SPARK-south-bay-by-jackieEl Segundo Museum of Art presents SPARK, a new art experience.

SPARK reflects the stages of creativity with inspiration from the Mirrorworld collection of bestselling children’s author Cornelia Funke and Los Angeles magic storytellers Mirada.

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Voyager Whale Watching Excursions: December – April

gray-whale-south-bay-by-jackieWhale watching is a time-honored tradition along the California coastline and the South Bay offers a magnificent vantage point to witness one of the world’s great seasonal migrations.

The Gray Whale Migration runs from December through April with the whales travelling through our local waters from Alaska to Baja, Mexico and back.

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Buzzed Bar Games @ The Deck: Every Tuesday

BuzzedDigitalTheDeck-south-bay-by-jackieThe Deck now hosts Buzzed Bar Games every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

The evening features some of the most popular TV games of all time including Family Feud, The Price is Right, Name that Tune, Let’s Make a Deal and more.

It’s a night of fun, games, trivia and prizes!

The winners will receive gift certificates – first place $25; second place $15; third place $10.

Happy Hour prices will be in effect until 9 p.m. with $2 off all beer and $10 pitchers and Hector’s Tacos will be on site with food for purchase.
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Yoga @ Shade Hotel: Every Monday & Saturday

Shade Yoga 2 - sbbjShade Hotel offers a Yoga Class every Monday and Saturday morning on the rooftop Skydeck.

Gather a few friends for an all levels class taught by certified Yogi Katherine Guerra.

The class begins at 10 a.m. both days and is an hour long.

This event is ‘weather permitting’, so don’t show up if it’s raining, and attendees should bring their own mat.

It’s a terrific way to start the day!

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Pint Night @ Rock & Brews: Every Tuesday (Torrance) & Wednesday (El Segundo)

Rock & Brews - sbbjRock & Brews introduces Pint Nights every Wednesday night at the flagship location in El Segundo and Tuesday night at Rock & Brews PCH in Torrance.

The weekly event will engage and educate beer lovers on new and popular craft and artisanal beers and will showcase a notable master brewer or brewery representative for informal tastings and beer-chat with guests.

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Downtown Torrance Artisan & Flea Market: Every Thursday

Downtown Torrance Marketplace - sbbjSupport local merchants and get a jump start on the weekend at the Downtown Torrance Artisan & Flea Market!

Every Thursday, Old Town Torrance takes to the streets with gifts, arts and crafts, jewelry, art, clothing, antiques and more!

The weekly event features live music, tastings and product demonstrations and runs from 3 to 8 p.m.

Torrance expert Dave Brownlee of Antique Appraisals will place a value on your treasures for $3 per item.
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Roof Top Yoga @ Crowne Plaza: Every Friday & Saturday

yoga at Crowne Plaza - sbbjCrowne Plaza Redondo Beach hosts free Yoga Classes Friday evenings and Saturday mornings every week.

Led by yoga instructor, Ryann MacMurdo, the classes take place on the roof top at pool side with an incredible ocean view.

It’s a refreshing and rejuvenating way to end the work week and start the weekend!

Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings and 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings.
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Free Outdoor Concerts @ BFD: Every Saturday Night

buffalo-fire-dept-south-bay-by-jackieBuffalo Fire Department has quickly become a favorite spot to enjoy lunch, dinner and happy hour in the heart of Downtown Torrance – but did you know they also offer live music?

Chef Schafer and Buffalo Fire Department host Free Outdoor Concerts every Saturday night.

The music begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. and guests may bring their own chairs.

For additional information, visit the website at or call 310-320-2332.

The venue is located just outside Buffalo Fire Department at 1261 Cabrillo in the Courtyard at El Prado in Torrance.

El Segundo Museum of Art: Friday through Sunday

ESMoA - sbbjThe El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA) opened its doors in January 2013 with the intent to make art more accessible through creative and interactive experiences designed to engage the community.
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Take a ride in a vintage car at the Automobile Driving Museum: Every Sunday

Southern California has a rich automotive history and the Automobile Driving Museum (ADM) is a favorite of car aficionados.

Located at 610 Lairport Street in El Segundo, the ADM exists to preserve automotive history.
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Canine Group Hikes: First Sunday of Every Month

Canine Social Hikes - sbbjAll canines and their human companions are invited to attend a monthly Social Canine Group Hike the first Sunday of each month.

These monthly group hikes were created to give all dogs a much needed opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor activity in the company of other dogs and people.
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Torrance Antique Street Faire: Fourth Sunday of Every Month

Torrance Street Faire - sbbjOld is the new new!

Join the vintage treasure hunt every fourth Sunday at the Torrance Antique Street Faire from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in historic downtown Torrance.

Over 200 sellers will be set up along the tree lined streets with antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, home decor and more…all on sale at bargain prices! (Read More)

Wine Academy @ Shade Hotel: Third Thursday of Every Month

Shade Wine Tasting Academy - sbbjIf you’ve always wanted to learn more about wine but were afraid to ask, you don’t want to miss this class!

Manhattan Beach luxury boutique Shade Hotel hosts a monthly Wine Academy on the third Thursday of each month.

Wine loving friends can gather to socialize, taste and learn from experts about new wines in a relaxed, fun, atmosphere. (Read More)

Riviera Village Third Thursdays: Third Thursday of Every Month

Third Thursdays - sbbjRiviera Village hosts Third Thursdays every month. This all day event debuted just a few months ago and has already become a local favorite!

Stroll along the sidewalks of this charming coastal village overflowing with quaint shops, extraordinary restaurants and firms offering every service imaginable: from salons and accountants to travel and fitness. Shops will stay open for business until 8 p.m.

A raffle drawing for Village gift bags add to the fun. Spend a total of $50 at participating businesses (restaurants excluded) to be eligible to enter the drawing. At the time of your first purchase, fill out an information card and present it whenever you make a purchase.

In addition, the evening features live entertainment scattered throughout the Village from 6 to 8 p.m. (Read More)

Torrance Beach Drum Circle: Second Sunday of Every Month

Drum Circle - sbbjThe Torrance Beach Drum Circle meets on the beach every second Sunday of each month from 1 to 3:30 p.m. right below the Torrance Beach parking lot.

All ages and musical abilities are welcome to this FREE event; drums and percussion instruments are provided for everyone.

This is a casual group of friends and music lovers that enjoy sharing the joy of music with the community and it’s a particular pleasure when children get involved. (Read More)

Point Vicente Lighthouse & Interpretive Center: Second Saturday of Every Month

There’s something romantic about a lighthouse….

If you’ve ever driven along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the Point Vicente Lighthouse.

Built in 1926, the 67 foot high tower is perched on a cliff offering breathtaking views of the endless Pacific and its beacon can be seen from twenty miles at sea. (Read More)

Swing & Sway: Second Friday of Every Month

Ballroom dancing is more popular than ever before and you don’t have to be a ‘star’ to take part in this popular pastime.

Walk In, Dance Out hosts Swing & Sway at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach the second Friday of every month from 8 to 11 p.m.

If you’ve ever dreamed of tripping the light fantastic, this is your chance.

The South Bay ballroom dancing community is extraordinarily welcoming and encouraging, so even if you’re a beginner, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to practice your moves.  (Read More)

Beach Cities Swing Band @ the ADM: Third Sunday of Every Month

beach-cities-swing-band-group-shot1 - sbbjThe Automobile Driving Museum presents the Beach Cities Swing Band the third Sunday of each month.

The 16 piece dance orchestra performs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and showcases a different vocalist each month.

The event features classic swing music, non-stop dancing, refreshments for purchase and all those fabulous vintage automobiles.
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Tour the South Bay by Segway

We’ve all heard of the Segway but have you been on one yet?

South Bay Mobile Tours operates out of Riviera Village in Redondo Beach and offers a variety of tours around the South Bay by Segway.

Instruction takes all of twenty minutes and before you know it you’re off on an adventure.

The $20 mini tour provides the perfect opportunity to get a feel for the technology.
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Torrance Cultural Arts Center

TORRANCE_CULTURAL_ARTS_CENTER - sbbjThe mission of Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation is to enrich the community through the performing arts by providing diverse cultural, educational and entertainment experiences of the highest quality.

Located at the heart of the South Bay, the Torrance Cultural Arts Center houses the James R. Armstrong Theatre and George Nakano Theatre. (Read More)

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

rbpacThe Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the largest performing arts venue (1,457 seats) in the South Bay and showcases a variety of entertainment.

RBPAC plays host to the Distinguished Speaker Series, the Los Angeles Ballet, 3D Theatricals and live concerts including the Southern California Slack Key Festival, Aloha Falsetto Festival, Los Angeles Flamenco Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival and Gypsy Jazz Festival. (Read More)

Palos Verdes Art Center

PVAC - sbbjThe newly remodeled Palos Verdes Art Center, a non-profit, community visual arts gallery and school, ‘inspires individuals to celebrate, appreciate and create art.’

Since 1931, when it was founded as a cultural arm of the planned community of Palos Verdes Estates, the Art Center’s exhibitions, educational and outreach programs have made the visual arts available, accessible and affordable.

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Palos Verdes Performing Arts

palos verdes performing arts - sbbjPalos Verdes Performing Arts is a non-profit organization committed to providing the South Bay with a performing arts venue that is also available for community use.

Throughout the season, PVPA stages an eclectic selection of productions, including the best of Broadway’s plays and musicals, revues and concert performances as well as classes and camps. (Read More)

Western Museum of Flight

IMG_1757 - sbbjOur fascination with airplanes doesn’t end with childhood. No matter the age, climbing into a cockpit is always a thrill.

When was the last time you pretended to be the Red Baron?

The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California’s aviation heritage. (Read More)

The South Bay Film Society

Do you enjoy watching the latest foreign and independent films but loathe driving to theaters in Pasadena or Santa Monica to see them?

The South Bay Film Society was created to bring the best of new foreign and independent films to the big screen in the South Bay.

The Society screens films shortly after they play art house theaters in West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena and well before the films are available on DVD. (Read More)

Old Town Music Hall

Old Town Music Hall - sbbjThe motion picture industry has made dramatic advances since the invention of the first movie camera in the late nineteenth century – from the introduction of ‘talkies’ to 3D technology, the movies have come a long way – but have you ever wondered what it was like to watch a movie where the only accompaniment was live music?

Filmgoers can experience the Silent Era of film at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo. (Read More)

Explore the Wild Side of the South Bay

The South Bay is world-renowned for its miles of delightful beaches and coastline – but did you know there are also hundreds of acres of woodlands, meadows and trails just waiting to be explored?

One of the South Bay’s best kept secrets is the surprising amount of natural habitat to be found in the area and it is the mission of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy to “preserve land and restore habitat for the enjoyment and education of all.”

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South Bay Farmers’ Markets Schedule

The South Bay has several terrific Farmers’ Markets throughout the week.

These are great community amenities that provide an opportunity to shop locally for the freshest, seasonal produce available.

Here’s a schedule by day of the week:
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Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium

The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium is ideally located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Open daily to the public free of charge, the Roundhouse is dedicated to teaching students and visitors about the oceans, marine life and the environment.

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South Coast Botanic Garden

south-coast-botanic-garden-south-bay-by-jackieThe South Coast Botanic Garden is located on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula and offers visitors a wide variety of activities and events.

The 87-acre Garden, known as the ‘Jewel of the Peninsula’, has more than 2,500 different species of plants from as far away as Australia, the Mediterranean and southern Africa.

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Visit SEA Lab

Are you looking for ways to expand your child’s education? Expose them to the world at large? Teach them the benefits of stewardship? Engender an atmosphere of adventure and exploration?

A visit to SEA Lab accomplishes all this and more in a fun and stimulating environment.
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Experience Terranea’s Birds of Prey

Mankind has employed birds of prey to hunt for thousands of years. Falconry is “the taking of wild quarry in its natural state and habitat by means of a trained raptor” and the sport has been around for a long, long time.

Have you ever had an opportunity to view a hawk or falcon up close and personal? Have you ever watched them hunt?
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Seascape Trail in Palos Verdes

We wake up on weekend mornings and contemplate all the things we could and should accomplish with our free time. As everyone knows, keeping up with the Joneses is a full time occupation….but seriously, when was the last time you squandered away a perfectly good afternoon?
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Treat Fido to Lunch @ Nelson’s

Many places claim to be dog friendly – hotels, parks, shops, even entire towns – but when it comes to dining, there are few and far between that actually practice what they preach. Fortunately, for our furry friends that frequent the South Bay, there is an establishment that encourages inter-species dining.
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IN-N-OUT Burger @ LAX

In and Out Burger @ LAXWhen you live in Southern California, it is predestined you will have friends and family come to visit. Often. Let’s be honest – hosting visitors can be a chore.

You want your guests to enjoy their time here in the Land of LA but you’ve done Hollywood Boulevard and lunch at the Ivy to death.

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Hang Gliding at the Beach

Hang GlidingCruising along Vista Del Mar on any given afternoon you’ve probably seen the colorful hang gliders hovering above the dunes overlooking the Pacific.

Go ahead, admit it – you’ve wanted to stop and check out the action but for one reason or another kept driving.

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