Things to do in Santa Monica – The Georgian Luxury Hotel in Santa Monica

Things to Do in Santa Monica All Year Long

The Santa Monica event calendar is never short of epicurean delights. From bicycle rides along the glittering Santa Monica coast to decadent wine tastings sponsored by the finest area wineries, immerse yourself in classic, beach-side luxury. Browse upcoming Santa Monica events throughout the year:

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Santa Monica 5kJanuary
Santa Monica 5k/10k
January 7 | Santa Monica, CA
Achieve – A run like no other, the Santa Monica 5k/10k is an eco-friendly event promoting community and goodwill. All proceeds are put towards teaching ballroom dancing to the Santa Monica youth.

International Los Angeles Photographic Art Expo
January 13 | Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
See – This amazing display of photography from around the globe includes a host of events at contemporary art galleries and traditional photography galleries across Santa Monica. Other events include panels, lectures, book signings and more.

Martin Luther King Weekend Family Concert
January 15 | SGI-USA Auditorium
Dream – An epic, free musical performance featuring world-class performers. Notable past performers include Guitarist Adam Del Monte and Conductor Allen Robert Gross.

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February

Northern Trust Open
February 13 - 16 | Riviera Country Club
Play - The Northern Trust Open is a historic golf event dating back to the mid 1920's. Northern Trust, a financial institution, has partnered with Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades to bring the community a PGA TOUR professional golf open.

Heal the Bay's Whale of a Weekend
February 15 – 16 | Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Arrive – Welcome the Pacific gray whale as their yearly migration finally comes to an end, bringing them directly past the Santa Monica Pier. The Aquarium hosts numerous events including wildlife observation, arts, crafts, film screenings and much more.

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March

The 89th Annual Academy Awards
March 2 | Dolby Theatre
Watch - Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Annual Academy Awards Show, which honors the best films, actors, directors, producers and others of the 2013 film season. This live broadcast draws the most prestigious actors, directors and other key figures in film. Many across the country tune in to see the beautiful gowns and the famous faces.

Food Fare
March 6 | Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
Snack – The area's best restaurants, caterers, wineries, florists vendors and entertainers come together each year to make this Los Angeles' most recognized foodie event. Definitely come on an empty stomach so you have plenty of room.

LA Marathon
March 9 | Dodger Stadium
Event– More than 25,000 runners from around the country unite each year to tackle the annual LA Marathon.  Walking distance to end of the marathon, less than 1/3 of a mile away.

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May
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta & Classic Car Show
May 5 | Virginia Avenue Park
Celebrate - Authentic Mexican cuisine, musical performances and breathtaking dance followed by a classic car show featuring muscle cars, low riders, specialty vehicles and more.

Santa Monica Festival
May 7 | Clover Park
Connect – A beautiful intersection of art and conservation in observance of Mother Earth and Mother's Day.

Venice Art Walk & Auctions
May 19-20 | Venice Beach
Benefit – Thousands of community members and hundreds of artists open their studios for this annual fundraiser benefiting the Venice Family Clinic. Events include the silent art auction, live music and dancing, local food trucks, family activities and the popular Venice art and architecture tours.

Memorial Day Observance
May 28 | Pico Boulevard and 14th Street
Honor – Numerous special appearances, speakers and vintage WWII craft flyovers in observance of military personnel, both active and retired.

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June
Pedal on the Pier
June 3 | Santa Monica Pier
Hope – Spin for a cause at Pedal on the Pier, hosted by the Harold Robinson Foundation. All proceeds help to sponsor summer-camp experiences for underprivileged children.

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival
June 8 | Santa Monica Pier
Paddle – Welcome the summer with paddleboard races, an ocean swim, dory competitions, hula dance and live music. Also on display a special surfing, lifeguard and paddleboard history exhibit.

Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournament
June 17 | Santa Monica Beach, Expo in Beach Lot 1 North
Sweat – Discover the up-and-coming sport of beach soccer at the Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Tournament. Includes youth, adult and Pro-Am teams.

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July
Pacific Palisades 4th of July Parade
July 4 | Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond, Pacific Palisades
Excite – Join the Pacific Palisades community as the area's top bands and equestrian units, along with a variety of community groups and local celebrities, march to recognize our nation's birthday.

Twilight Concerts at the Pier
July 11 (Every Thursday all Summer) | Santa Monica Pier
Listen – A summer tradition for nearly 30 years, the Twilight Concert Series will be returning to the Santa Monica Pier again this summer. Be sure to stop by the Pier every Thursday night throughout the summer for amazing contemporary and classic music with the best views in So Cal.

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August
Venice Music Festival
August 11 | Marina Del Rey
Contribute – Enjoy a collection of Latin and African musical acts along with mouthwatering ethnic foods, a silent auction and gourmet brunch benefiting Venice area housing.

Chalk Art Festival
August 18 | Redondo Beach Pier
Create – Artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to the Redondo Beach Pier Chalk Art Festival. Everyone enjoys art, music and numerous activities for the whole family.

MixMatch Dance Festival
August 26 | Miles Memorial Playhouse
Showcase – Experience a wide variety of dance performances spanning genres including jazz, ballet/pointe, contemporary, belly and so much more.

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September
Fine Wine & Food Festival
September 19 | The Porsche/Audi Auto Gallery
Taste – The West Valley and Warner Center's major wine event of the year, partake in the varietals of five local wineries as well as 15 – 20 food vendors and 30 corporate sponsored booths.

Abbot Kinney Boulevard Street Festival
September 23 | Marina Del Rey
Gather – This wildly popular street festival eclectic local art and crafts, tons of live music across multiple stages, and food, fun and entertainment for the entire family.

Baja Splash Cultural Festival
September 29 | Aquarium of the Pacific
Learn – A vibrant celebration of Mexican Independence Day and National Hispanic Heritage Month hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific. Loads of entertainment, crafts, educational programs, authentic cuisine and more.

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Jazz FestivalOctober
International Wine & Jazz Festival
October 7 | Annenberg Community Beach House
Toast – An evening of delectable wines, gourmet cuisine and live jazz performances on Santa Monica Beach. The Rotary Club of Santa Monica hosts this annual event with proceeds benefiting numerous local, national and international charities.

Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
October 13 | Anaheim Convention Center
Shop – Browse the wares of top fine-artisans at the West Coast's leading arts and crafts show. Look on as object are crafted live, enjoy a variety of live entertainers and partake in the scrumptious festival-style food.

Halloween Hop
October 31 | Montana Avenue
Spook – Enjoy a high-end Halloween at the luxe Montana Avenue. The kiddos will love trick-or-treating along the shops and boutiques of Montana Avenue as well as Halloween themed activities and entertainment.

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November
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Ice at Santa Monica
November 1 - January 20 2014| Downtown Santa Monica
Downtown Santa Monica brings ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into a premier outdoor skating rink.  Ice at Santa Monica is a fantastic location to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.

Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival
November 19 |Center Plaza at Santa Monica Place
Sparkle – Usher in the holiday season with this magnificent tree lighting ceremony featuring musical performances, giveaways and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, complete with a dazzling snowfall.

Downtown Santa Monica Winterlit Holiday Celebration & Concert
November 26 | Third Street Promenade & Wilshire
Dance – Downtown Santa Monica kick-starts your holiday shopping season with a lively concert that's sure to be a night of wholesome family fun.

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December
Cookie Time & Storytelling with Mrs. Claus
December 17 | Santa Monica Place
Wonder – Bring the little ones to meet Mrs. Claus and try their hand at decorating fresh-baked cookies. Mrs. Claus will regale the young and old alike with enthralling, first-hand accounts of life at the North Pole.

Holiday Walk
December 7 | Montana Avenue
Give – The glittering streets of Montana Avenue come alive with joyous music and holiday activities during the yearly Holiday Walk event. A fun and unique way to beat the holiday shopping doldrums.

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