Beach volleyball is the main event this weekend as the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) host the 57th Manhattan Beach Open all weekend long. The birthplace of the sport is right here in the South Bay, and the area has produced the best of the best, including Olympic Gold medalists. Qualifying matches started on Thursday but final draw play will be held today, Saturday and Sunday. General admission is free but there are VIP ticket options available. blog
Another budding South Bay icon, El Segundo Brewery, serves up a day-one bottle release today: Grand Hill IPA. ESBC’s branded nod to sunshine and surf was first released last summer and will be available throughout the South Bay and beyond at various bars and bottle shops, or pick-up a bomber at El Segundo Brewery, 140 Main St, El Segundo, CA 90245.
South Bay Greek Festival: Friday, July 15, 2016 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 Don’t miss this year’s South Bay Greek Festival at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Redondo Beach! The festival has something for everyone: beer, wine, ouzo, amazing Greek food, music, dancing, and family fun. An annual tradition since 1964. The festival is a guaranteed good time in a smaller setting. more info
El Segundo Concert Band: Friday, July 15, 2016 – 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM South Bay Music Association proudly presents another free concert Friday night at El Segundo Performing Arts center starting at 7:00 p.m. El Segundo Concert Band’s FREE family-friendly concert of music includes their version of the ever-popular The Planets Suite by Holst, and space-related music from Star Wars by John Williams.The evening starts with the SBMA Music Symposium student ensembles at 7:00 pm and the full concert band at 8:00 pm. ESPAC is located at 649 Main St. in the Gundo. more info
Movie Under the Guns: Friday, July 15, 2016 – 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Bring the entire family for “Movie Under The Guns” on board Battleship IOWA. This month’s movie will be the 2007 Academy Award Best Animated Feature Ratatouille. This computer-animated comedy follows a rat named Remy, who dreams of becoming a chef and tries to achieve his goal by forming an alliance with a Parisian restaurant’s garbage boy. The film is rated “G” and features the voices of Patton Oswalt, Brad Garrett, Peter O’Toole, Janeane Garafalo and Ian Holm. The movie is FREE and will be held outdoors on the ships’ fantail. Battleship Iowa is located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731. more info
Malaga Cove Summer Art Show: Saturday, July 16, 2016 & Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM For over 30 years Palos Verdes Artists have held their annual art show at Malaga Cove featuring Art, Jewerly and Ceramics All local artists and their work to view or purchase this Saturday & Sunday at Malaga Cove (Palos Verdes Dr West betweenVia Corta & Via Chico, Palos Verdes Estates).
Free Keiki Hula and Tahitian Workshop: Saturday, July 16, 2016 – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Join Teacher Ke’Aloha at Dance 1 for the special free Hula and Tahitian workshop for kids ages 3-12. Please RSVP with child’s name and age to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dance 1 is located at 2228 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278.
2016 Summer of Music Free Concerts on the Pier: Saturday, July 16, 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00 pm For over 20 years, the Redondo Pier Association has sponsored the biggest free summer concert series in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Summer of Music featuring 20 bands continues on Saturday July 16 with a performance by Retrofit who play hits from the 70s through the 90s. The all-ages live music shows are free and open to the public and the main stage is located at the end of the historical Redondo Beach Pier over the water. more info
Saved by the 90s at Saint Rocke: Saturday, July 16, 2016 – 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM Saved By The 90s is the premier 90s party. It originated in NYC and has developed into an extremely successful weekly party. In the past their shows have featured celebrity guests such as Mark McGrath, Coolio, Aaron Carter, Naughty By Nature, Screech and more. Come on out and party likes it 1999! Saved by the 90s performs live at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach Saturday night; doors open at 6:00 p.m. tickets
Beach Cities Relay for Life: Saturday, July 16, 2016 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM Join Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and El Segundo communities as they celebrate neighbors and loved ones who have survived cancer at opening ceremonies starting at 9:00 a.m. The Redondo Union High School MJROTC will present the colors before the first lap which will be walked by survivors in the community. Walk with Beach Cities Relay for Life around the track to support those still battling cancer. Enjoy refreshments and food at a minimal cost with all funds raised going directly to the Beach Cities Relay for Life. There will be a silent auction and a live auction, games, dance lessons, live music and much more! A Luminaria ceremony will take place at 8:00 p.m. to honor the lives of those our community has lost to cancer. Beach Cities Relay for Life takes place at Lincoln Elementary School: 2223 Plant Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA. more info
Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park: Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 5:00 – 8:00 PM Manhattan Beach free summer concerts at Polliwog Park continue this Sunday when the Blue Breeze Band play a musical kaleidoscope of styles: Motown, R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz, and Blues. The venue is Polliwog Park’s amphitheater (1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266) and the free concerts run from the first weekend in July through Labor Day weekend. These performances are open seating and free to the public, concerts but try and get their early with beach chairs and snacks. www.citymb.info
Brenton Wood’s 75th Birthday Bash at Warner Grand Theatre: Sunday, July 16, 2016 – 8:00 PM Brenton Wood’s 75th Birthday Bash featuring Brenton Wood with GQ, Janice Marie Johnson of A Taste of Honey, Eddie Holman and Klymaxx featuring Cheryl Cooley. Brenton Woods sang hits from the 60s & 70s and created an everlasting imprint on American pop culture with songs like, “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign.” Wood performs live at Warner Grand Theatre in Sand Pedro Saturday night; presented by Triumph Productions and Souvenir Entertainment. Tickets available at 424 343 7133 and www.purplepass.com
Above image of Hermosa Beach Mural Project by photographer Bo Bridges located at the corner of Beach Drive & 13th Street (Photo by South Bay Events).