Category Archives: Santa Monica Pier

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

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Pier del Sol
Santa Monica Pier

2011 Septemberfest in Santa Monica

3rd Annual Septemberfest @ Santa Monica Pier
Saturday, Sept. 24th
3pm – 7pm
Santa Monica Pier
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Septemberfest is America’s answer to Oktoberfest. Having felt shorted for years by German food, Polka music, and Lederhosen, America finally claims its own tradition of BBQ and Daisy Dukes. The one constant? Beer.

This will be the biggest party to hit the Santa Monica beach all year. Musical performances by Black Crystal Wolf Kids and Petty Cash, 10 food trucks, over 150 beers, thousands of people and one awesome good time.

Septemberfest will support Take Me Home, a local non-profit animal rescue.


  • Admission is $40 for general admission and $50 for VIP. Food is sold separately.
  • VIP includes an extra hour with shorter lines for drinks and food for that hour.
  • Included with admission is unlimited 4 oz. pours in addition to live music.
  • Designated drivers can purchase tickets at the door for $15.

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Septemberfest 2011
Santa Monica Beach

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
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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.

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Santa Monica 5000
2600 Barnard Way Santa Monica, CA 90405

LA BBQ Festival hits Santa Monica Pier

Photo Credit: Travis I.

3rd Annual LA BBQ Festival

Friday, Sept. 9th – Sept. 11th
Santa Monica Pier
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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

A.D.D Comedy for the Bay

A.D.D Comedy for Heal the Bay
June 14th
7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Tickets are $15 and include drinks and hors d’oeuvres
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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ADD Comedy Tour
hosted by Ian Foley and featuring:

Michael Malone (The Bob and Tom Show)
April Macie (Last Comic Standing)
Warren B. Hall (Comics Unleashed)

Reserve your seat at 312.401.1957 or

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Under the Carousel Building
Santa Monica, CA 90402

10 Free Summer Concerts At The Santa Monica Pier

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The 27th Annual Twilight Dance Series on the Santa Monica Pier
Every Thursday night from July 7th – September 8th
Santa Monica Pier
*Free and Open to the Public
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The Twilight Dance Series, a production of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation, will again present 10 free concerts on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier this year, beginning July 7, 2011. The concerts will feature high-profile artists from all over the world.

Performance Schedule:

July 7
The SaMo Mambo

July 14
80’s Pop Rock: The Bangles and Caracol

July 21
Australia Rocks the Pier! (presented by the Australian Consulate and Cotton On): Missy Higgins and Kim Churchill

July 28
Reggae / Ska: Slackers and Starpool  (hosted by Chef Evan Kleiman)

August 4
Cirque du Soleil presents “Rock of the Bay”

August 11
La Monica Ballroom Then & Now: Royal Crown Revue, Orgone, and Ameera

August 18
Making Waves: A Night of Surf Guitar: Duo-Tones, Slacktone, and The Eliminators

August 25
Tango on the Timbers: Milongatron, (tango lessons start at 6 pm)

September 1
Americana: Dawes (plus the winner of Rusty’s Surf Ranch emerging artist competition)

September 8
Jon Cleary‘s Philthy Phew, Donald Harrison Electric Band, Wanda Rouzan

Concert organizers have also put the “dance” back into Twilight Dance Series by including a dance floor on the deck of the Santa Monica Pier for The SaMo Mambo, La Monica Ballroom Then & Now, and Tango on the Timbers.

“We believe the 27th Annual Twilight Dance Series will be a fantastic concert production and will please the Santa Monica community and concert fans,” said Kent Smith, chair of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation. “Free summer concerts on the pier have become a cultural and historical phenomena and we made a collective effort to deliver the quality and community experience that has come to define this cultural institution.”

The ten-concert season is presented in partnership with OneWest Bank, the largest Southern California-based bank, as part of their organized effort to support local initiatives that contribute to a more vibrant California. Additional sponsors include the Australian Consulate and Cotton On, Cirque du Soleil, Bloomingdales, and media partner KCRW 89.9 FM.


To encourage cycling, bicycle valet will be available. Real-time parking info in Santa Monica available here.

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(310) 458-8786
200 Santa Monica Pier, Suite A
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race

Saturday, June 11, 2011
Proceeds benefit Heal the Bay

The world famous Santa Monica Pier and the Honolua Surf Co. will kick off the summer of 2011 with the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival, featuring paddleboard races, dory competitions, outrigger canoes, live music and a surfing, lifeguard and paddleboard “museum for the day.”

The all day event takes place Saturday, June 11, 2011 and is a benefit for Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay and its public marine education facility, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Heal the Bay will receive a portion of net proceeds from the event.


8:30 am
Race Registration & Check-In

9:00 am
Waterman’s History Museum
& Board Expo Begin

9:15 am
Dory Race, 1 Mile Sprint

9:30 am
Short Course Fun Paddle, 2 Miles

10:45 am
Long Course Paddle Race, 5.5 Miles

See full schedule

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.