Category Archives: Family Friendly

Halloween Hop on Montana Avenue

Photo Credit: Dean M.

4th Annual Halloween Hop Santa Monica
Monday, October 31st, 2011
Montana Ave. Santa Monica
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Kids of all ages will enjoy trick-or-treating all along Montana Avenue, plus all kinds of fun, spooky activities for kids including face painting, temporary tattoos, fortune telling, and of course lots of candy!

Dozens of stores will also showcase special Halloween artwork in their windows created by local kids. A list of last year’s participating merchants can be found here.

Also, don’t miss the Pet Parade and Costume Contest on the 30th. Details here.

Dog Parade and Costume Contest

2nd Annual Pet Parade and Halloween Contest
Sunday, October 30, 2011
1pm – 4pm
Montana Ave. between 6th and 17th in Santa Monica
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Strut your mutt in the 2nd annual parade and costume contest. Judging stations will be set up along Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th and each category has at least $250 worth of prizes!

Most Original
Best Couple

Prizes will be awarded at 4:30pm on 14th and Montana, next to the Whole Foods parking lot.

Registration is $5 per pet and can be done at To Wag For (1123 Montana Santa Monica, CA)

Proceeds and donations will go to Unleash the Beach to ‘get the right experts and legal battles fought so we can have a fun and legal dog beach right here in Santa Monica!’ according to To Wag For.

$5 for All The Pumpkins You Can Carry

Photo Credit: Mike M.

All You Can Carry Pumpkin Patch
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
8:30am – 11:30am
Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

Just in time for Halloween – join the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market next Wednesday at the intersection of Arizona & 2nd Street for the All You Can Carry Pumpkin patch!

For a mere $5 you can wade into the huge market pumpkin patch and walk away with as many pumpkins as you can carry down a 25-foot runway. Balance them on your head, in your arms or dangle them from your teeth (at your own risk). Who has more fun – onlookers or participants – it’s hard to tell, but everyone is sure to have a wonderful time at the patch, which features the most beautiful, round, bright orange, California grown pumpkins you can find. Costumes welcome!

Dia De Los Muertos in Santa Monica

Photo Credit: Jennifer J.

Dia De Los Muertos Exhibit
Saturday, October 29
1pm – 5pm [1:30pm altar dedication]
Free and Open to the Public
Edison Language Academy
2425 Kansas Ave. Santa Monica

Edison Language Academy will hold its Annual Festival de Otoño and Dia De Los Muertos gallery in Santa Monica, CA. The school is also celebrating its 25th Anniversary as a dual-immersion school. The event combines art, theatre, music, food, poetry, games and a multi-cultural celebration of the season. The event, which attracts over 1,500 current, past and future students and community members, features the largest Day of the Dead Exhibit on the Westside, a creative collaboration of altars by Edison students, teachers and parents in the Mexican and Central American tradition of remembering deceased loved ones. Live music, karaoke, authentic Mexican food, children’s entertainment, haunted house, rock climbing and arts and crafts make it a one-of-a-kind event for the entire family.

The event features cultural traditions designed to commemorate those who have passed away, including a series of alfombras, beautiful displays made of dust, flowers and other native materials that are traditionally designed and prepared on the streets of villages and towns in many countries in Latin America.

A carnival of games, art-and-crafts, plus hot Latin and dance tunes from DJ Alex Reyes and live music will provide entertainment for kids and grown-ups alike. Authentic tamales and pozole made by parents, as well as homemade baked goods, will be for sale. Prices for food and games range from $1 to $5.

Photo Credit: Vic

Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos at Lula’s on Main
Monday, October 31 – Saturday, November 5, 2011
7:30pm – 9:30pm
Lula Cocina Mexicana
2720 Main St. Santa Monica

Lula observes Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) every year and invites you to join their celebrations ~ enjoy free tequila tastes, treats, their beautiful Dia de los Muertos altar, and 6 days of mole!

Reservations recommended!
(310) 392-5711 |

Pier Del Sol

Pier Del Sol
Sunday, October 9, 2011
10am – 2pm
Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park
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Join us this Sunday at Pier del Sol: Viva La Fiesta a fun, family event, where guests may enjoy a spectacular cuisine from more than 35 of LA’s top restaurants, including Santa Monica’s El Cholo, JiRaffe, Joe’s Restaurant, Mariasol, Melisse, Real Food Daily, Zengo and more. Pacific Park will have games, rides, arts and crafts, face painting, and lots of activities on the historic Santa Monica Pier.

Participants include celebrity guests, sponsors, supporters, and Special Olympics athletes and their families. Rob Friedman, Co-Chair and CEO of Summit Entertainment (Twilight Saga, Hurt Locker, 50/50) will be honored for his tremendous work with Special Olympics Southern California.

Tickets start at $45 and all proceeds from Pier del Sol will benefit the more than 9,000 athletes of Special Olympics Southern California. Participation in Special Olympics empowers our athletes to become physically fit, productive and respected members of the community.

Schedule of Events

10am – 11am
Live entertainment – Global Motion,
World Dance Company, Santa Monica College

10am – 1pm
Silent Auction – Main Stage Area

11:15am – 11:45am
Global Motion – World Dance Company, Santa Monica College and El Mariachi Alas De Angel Floor Show – Main Stage

Presentation to Pier del Sol Honoree – Rob Friedman, Co-Chairman and CEO, Summit Entertainment
Emcee – Frank Buckley – Co-Anchor KTLA Morning News Main Stage

1 pm
Silent Auction Closed!

1pm – 1:50pm
Global Motion, World Dance Company, Santa Monica College live on Main Stage

More Info | Find Tickets

Pier del Sol
Santa Monica Pier

The New World FEST Santa Monica

The New World FEST Santa Monica
Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th, 2011
Santa Monica Beaches
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The New World Festival is a celebration of eco-friendliness, innovation, and forward-thinking science.

The New World F.E.S.T (Festival of Eco-Friendly Science and Technology), features 150 Interesting Exhibits; 15,000+ Interested Consumers; Plus Live Music, Demos, Speakers, Robots, Games, Thousands Of Potential Customers and Business Allies. Influential Southland Residents, Their Families and Friends, and The Media.

Come join us for a weekend of fun and let’s celebrate our “new world” and learn how we can protect it by working together toward a smart future. Working together toward a smart future makes sense. We share this planet. How we live impacts us all. We are one community.

The New World F.E.S.T is about gathering as a community, and having ourselves a good time while we hang out and maybe learn a thing or two … together. Rarely has the process of learning been this much fun. That’s a good thing.

At the FEST, we’ve got 150 exhibits featuring some of the best and most innovative eco-friendly products and services you’ll see. We’ve also got 6 stages of live performance – music, guest speakers, panel discussions, live product demo’s, chef demos, an eco-theatre screening award-winning films and documentaries, a very cool Sustainable Art exhibition, art workshops, live street art, plus a Spiritual Oasis, yoga classes, healthy food and beverage, robots, futuristic eco-science, and lots for families and kids – including music, puppetry, dinosaur digs, and a petting zoo.

More Info

The New World Fest
Santa Monica Beaches

Santa Monica 5000

Santa Monica 5000 5K/10K/Run/Walk
to benefit Santa Monica – Malibu schools sports athletic programs
Sunday, October 2, 2011
2600 Barnard Way Santa Monica , CA
See Start Times Below
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5K, 10K, run, walk for your school, your favorite sport, or the Education Foundation!

Event Highlights
• This race is for all ages and distances – 2.7k Dash for Kids, 5k and 10k run or walk!
• Health & Fitness Festival on the Pier with live music and breakfast for participants after the race!
• Every participant gets a K-Swiss T-Shirt!
• There are medals for top 3 finishers in each Age Group!
• There are ribbons for all finishers in the 2.7k Dash for Kids!
• There is a Baby Jogger Division for new moms and dads (running with the jogging stroller)!

Start Times
5k Start is at 7:30am
2.7k Youth Start is at 7:45am
10k Start is at 8:00am
2.7k Family Walk aka the Stroller Stride is at 8:15am

Not Running or Walking? You can still donate to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation or to a specific sport!

After the Event
Joing us for the Health and Fitness Festival on the world famous Santa Monica Pier!
Check out the latest running gear (shoes and apparel), nutrition, great food and other great vendors. The festival hours are 8:30am – 12pm.

More Info

Santa Monica 5000
2600 Barnard Way Santa Monica, CA 90405

2011 Santa Monica Citywide Yard Sale

Photo Credit: J. Sanna

2nd Annual Santa Monica Citywide Yard Sale
sponsored by The City of Santa Monica’s Resource and Recycling Department
Saturday, September 24th
8am – 3pm
Visit Site | (310) 458-2223

Helping the environment and making money has never been so easy. On Saturday, September 24th, Santa Monica is turning into one big citywide yard sale. Cruise for bargains all over town and go green by reducing waste and keeping valuable resources out of the landfill. Whether you’re trying to clear out your attic or searching for secondhand treasures, reusing items is one of the smartest ways to reduce waste.

The sales start citywide at 8am and we recommend getting there early. A full map of participating yard sales around Santa Monica is now available.

Want to host a yard sale? Registration is Open!

LA BBQ Festival hits Santa Monica Pier

Photo Credit: Travis I.

3rd Annual LA BBQ Festival

Friday, Sept. 9th – Sept. 11th
Santa Monica Pier
Visit Site | Tickets

About the LA Barbecue Festival

The LA BBQ Festival returns to the Santa Monica Beach, promising to be the best BBQ meal you’ve ever had!  The three-day event will feature authentic ‘cue from Texas, Kansas City, Chicago, Santa Maria preparing regional specialties including tri tip, beef brisket, pulled pork, sausage and Kansas City and Memphis style ribs. In addition, the LA BBQ Fest will feature live entertainment, award-winning desserts, and over 30 beers on tap, as well as wine and cocktails.

Pitmasters and Menu Include

Bourbon Q | Kentucky | Visit Site
Pulled Pork with Jalapeno and Cheddar Tortilla w/ Blue Cheese

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ | Mt. Laurel, NJ | Visit Site
Beef Brisket and Coleslaw

Chicago BBQ Company | Burr Ridge, IL
St. Louis Ribs and Coleslaw

L.C.’s BBQ | Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Spare Ribs and Baked Beans

Phil’s BBQ | San Diego, CA | Visit Site

Southside Market and BBQ | Elgin, TX | Visit Site
Elgin Hot Sausage
BBQ Brisket

Susie Q’s Brand | Santa Maria, CA | Visit Site
Santa Maria Style Tri Tip
Sandwich and Pinquito Beans

Texas Thunder BBQ | Dallas, TX | Visit Site
Pulled Pork Sandwich and Coleslaw


Banana Pudding
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Root Beer Floats


General admission is $60 and includes EVERYTHING… BBQ, drinks, and desserts.

A percentage of proceeds from the LA BBQ Festival will support Noah’s Bark Animal Rescue

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Santa Monica Pier
1550 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA

Pico Festival 2011

Photo Credit: Dave Sizer

6th Annual Pico Festival and Car Show

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
11am – 4pm
Virgina Avenue Park, Santa Monica
Free and Open to the Public
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Join us for a day at the park full of Art, Music, Food, Classic Cars and Fun for the whole family! Free to the public.

Virginia Ave. Park

This year, the 2011 Pico Festival will be held entirely at Virginia Avenue Park, including the Car Show. There will be an exciting collection of booths and artist pavilions displaying and selling an assortment of art, photography, fashion, food, and services. Kids can participate in a bundle of activities and crafts in the Kids Zone. Raffles and giveaways all day long.

Our musical line-up includes an appreciation of youth ensembles from our local schools, and a sizzling return of last year’s Latin-Ska favorites, Upground. (Listen below.) The Car Show will display a fine collection of Classic Cars from across Southern California. All proceeds from the Car Show will benefit the Samohi Football Program and the Cody Williams Recovery Fund.

Returning Musical Guests, Upground

Businesses – Apply for a Booth

If you are interested in having a booth or displaying your art in one of our pavilions, please fill out the Booth Application. (No Fee for Pico Businesses).

Enter the Car Show

To enter the Car Show, register online or at Engler Bros Auto Parts (3026 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica 90405). For more Car Show info, please contact Andrew Gomez  at Car Show Application.

Pico Festival | Virginia Park