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Beach Life Festival is Almost Here! May 3rd-5th!

Beach Life Festival Lineup

Beachlife Festival will take place on May 3-5, 2019 at the Seaside Lagoon in Redondo Beach, CA. This 3 day event will feature A-list headliners (Willie Nelson!), and celebrate Southern California beach culture.
Passes on sale NOW!
Children 5 and under = FREE
GA In & Out only available until 4pm, VIP ALL DAY


Fri: 11am-10pm
Sat 11am-10pm
Sun 11am-9pm

For a list of set times, tickets and more information about the special events starting the Friday before and all through the weekend go to:

Beach Life Festival

See you on the sand!

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Richstone Family Center’s Pier to Pier Walk


Saturday, April 27th Starting at The Manhattan Beach Pier 7:30am-10:00am

Come join the Richstone Family Center on a beautiful ocean walk from Manhattan Pier to Hermosa Pier and back. Celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention month and support the Richstone Family Center.

Everyone welcome! Participate individually or as a team with singles, families, kids, seniors, friends, work colleagues, sports teams, community organizations, alumni groups, book clubs and more! Form a team for your favorite furry friend. The route is stroller friendly, so bring the whole family Join the Richstone family at their largest community event to fund this important South Bay organization’s vital mission of treating and preventing child abuse in our community

Because…Richstone serves kids and families in the South Bay and South LA
Because…Child abuse is reported every 10 seconds
Because…Almost five children die each day as a result of child abuse
Because…Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic and education level
Because…You can make a difference by raising funds to end the cycle of child abuse and domestic violence

FOUR (4) tickets to Disneyland!

Richstone Family Center is a registered 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization – Tax Id #23-7373745


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New Restaurants Coming in 2019 to Manhattan Village Mall



Mercado Manhattan Beach To Open In Manhattan Village

There are some exciting new restaurants coming to The Manhattan Village Mall as part of their expansion project! We can expect to see…

Joey Restaurant:

Like most of JOEY management, CEO Jeff Fuller started his remarkable journey flipping burgers, washing dishes and sweeping floors. It’s called paying your dues, learning from the ground up and understanding what success takes. “If there’s a secret,” he says, “it’s hard work, unwavering commitment to the customer and assembling the very best people.” Jeff absorbed valuable lessons from his family’s successful businesses before striking out on his own with a brand new concept in upscale casual restaurants. The first JOEY opened in 1992 and, as word spread, plans for a second location were quickly in the works. Today there are 27 JOEY Restaurants across Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Seattle and California. Their model isn’t to repeat formulas but create spaces perfectly suited to the locale and its clientele. Each JOEY restaurant is unique, but they all have plenty in common: great food, lively environments, exceptional dining experiences and great happy hours.

Urban Plates:

Urban Plates goal is simple: To use the best ingredients possible to create wholesome, delicious food that’s prepared before our guests’ eyes just the way they want it. Our hope is that by making real food prepared by real chefs accessible to everyone in a convenient, comfortable setting we can empower anyone interested in making better food choices to be a bit healthier, happier and hopeful about the future.

Urban Plates is based in San Diego, CA and found throughout the San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles areas, with additional locations in Northern California and Washington D.C.


Founded by Jesse Gomez with partner/chef Jose Acevedo we can expect to see a new twist on Mexican cuisine! Cocinas y Calaveras restaurant group takes pride in offering a traditional yet contemporary experience that has paved the way for elevated Mexican cuisine that is accessible to everyone.

Dan Dumplings and Noodles:

“Dan”, which stands for “Dumplings and Noodles” will be a modern Chinese eatery specializing in dumplings and noodles. Dan Modern Cuisine already has a location in Pasadena and we are excited to see it coming to the Manhattan Village Mall!

Stay tuned!



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This is what’s happening with Manhattan Village’s $180 million renovation

This is what’s happening with Manhattan Village’s $180 million renovation

Apple is the ‘heart’ of the center, which will also have a remodeled Macy’s and an outdoor expansion.

By Kristen Farmer of The Beach Reporter

For the past two years, Manhattan Village has been a shopping center in flux.

The center’s leaders have worked to consolidate Macy’s stores, increase parking, and set up a spot for Tesla owners to charge their cars.

It’s all been part of a $180 million revitalization and expansion of the 38-year-old Manhattan Village, which will see the center grow from 573,000 square feet to 648,000.

The overhaul is expected to wrap up in 2020.

But last week, the real estate development company that operates Manhattan Village, JLL, provided updates on — and a tour of — the renovations. And they revealed the project just hit a milestone:

An update to the inside of Manhattan Village – including new flooring, skylights and touch-screen directories – has finished.

“It was trying to bring a more modernized look and feel to the property,” said Don Ziss, the senior general manager of JLL.

It’s all part of a plan to reclaim Manhattan Village’s title as the South Bay’s premier shopping destination.

“When we think in terms of the casual chic, beach sophisticated, we really wanted to bring a hotel lobby feel to the interior overall,” Ziss added. “We felt that was the right touch and something a little bit different than what other shopping center developers have done in Los Angeles markets.”

The new-look Manhattan Village, on Sepulveda Boulevard, now has the Apple Store as its focal point. It’s a regional draw, Ziss said, in an otherwise locally focused shopping center.

“We have that balance between the two,” Ziss said. “When you think about the modern shopping center today, who is going to be your draws, bring in customers and foot traffic?

“For us,” he added, “that’s obviously Apple.”

But the interior also has luxe seating areas, upgraded technology with work and charging stations, new lighting and restrooms, and enhanced landscaping throughout the center.

The center court – which Ziss called “the lobby” – has a fountain and a concierge counter, and is just outside the Apple Store. It’s a place, Ziss said, where folks can hang out and relax.

“It’s an active area where people are engaging and doing all kinds of things,” Ziss said, “from feeding their children to working on their laptops to reading to shopping.”

But there’s more to the renovations than just interior design.

Macy’s, parking and Tesla chargers

Another key element of the upgrades – the consolidation and remodeling of Macy’s – is also going smoothly, Ziss noted.

Macy’s recently gave a facelift to its outdoor facade and added a new entrance facing Rosecrans Avenue.

The department store is also consolidating its properties.

At Manhattan Village, like at many other malls, Macy’s has typically had two locations: the main department store and a smaller auxiliary space for menswear and home goods.

But Macy’s has expanded – and remodeled — the main store by 60,000 square feet, allowing them to soon add menswear and home goods there, Ziss said. The first level opened in December.

“The fact that Macy’s is reinvesting in one of its properties, you don’t see too many examples of that in their portfolio,” Ziss said. “For a department store, it looks sharp.”

And with Macy’s nixing the auxiliary store, Manhattan Village can now lure a new tenant – though what that will be has not yet been announced.

“That’s going to be a real opportunity to add new retail that will add to the experience of the property,” Ziss said.

Across from the Rosecrans entrance, meanwhile, Manhattan Village last month opened a new parking garage.

The four-level parking deck – the first of three planned for the center – includes 500 spaces, an electronic sign letting guests know how many spots are available on each floor, a second-story walkway that connects straight into the shopping center and electric vehicle chargers.

The garage also contains a dozen Tesla supercharger stations, the first in Manhattan Beach, Ziss said.

“They will be the hub location for the South Bay,” he explained. “They’ve only been open a month and Tesla already wanted to expand.”

Creating cohesion

As the project enters its next phase, which includes an outdoor expansion, creating cohesion is a priority.

The center will have more dining and retail options, and a grand entrance off 33rd Street that forms a focal line leading to the heart of the center – the Apple Store.

That outdoor expansion will include cascading water features, rolling grass hills and a clock tower art sculpture leading to the center.

“We’re finalizing details on a lot of cool pieces to really kind of tie it all together,” Ziss said. “We don’t want to create two separate properties with the outdoor expansion, we want them to be cohesive.”

The cohesive design, Ziss said, will help it stand out from other shopping centers in the Los Angeles area, including The Point, in El Segundo.

“We want to differentiate ourselves,” Ziss said. “But I think holistically, when you combine the two properties, there is some synergy there at the same time.”

Manhattan Village wants to brand itself as offering not only shopping – but also an entire experience for the community, other JLL representatives have said.

“We’re not a shopping mall,” said Sher Willis, the marketing and specialty leasing manager for JLL. “We’re a destination.”

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Beach Life Festival at Seaside Lagoon May 3-5th

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We were lucky enough to grow up in Southern California on the beach, surfing, hanging out with sand between our toes, vibing with friends — living the beach life. So Beach Life Festival thought it only fitting to create a huge beach party celebrating our way of life with all our friends in Los Angeles. Join them for the first coastal festival ever to be held in Los Angeles on the Pacific Ocean — BeachLife Festival. Grab your friends and head to Redondo Beach from May 3rd through May 5th. We’ll be watching the sunset and our favorite bands play LIVE on the beach.  Come honor the Southern California BeachLife with live music, great food, great drinks, great surfing, and everything beach. #WeLiveTheBeachLife.

For Complete Ticket Information Click Here

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Manhattan Beach List of Events For 2019!

It’s time to mark your calendars for another busy year of events in Manhattan Beach.  To get you started, we’ve got a list of classic Manhattan Beach events throughout the year, as well as notable other milestones. Click a date in our calendar section for complete details and ticket information! Happy 2019 everyone!
January 26 – South Bay Chili Cook-Off
January 27 – Light Gate Sunset
May 4 – Grand View Gator Run (benefiting MBEF)
May 18-19 – Family Campout
May 19 – Tour de Pier
June 13 – Last day of school for MBUSD students
June 15 – Begg Pool Kickoff Party
July 4 – Fourth of July Pool Party
July 7-September 1 – Concerts in the Park
July 31 – August 4 – International Surf Festival
August 18 – Kids Extreme Race
October 5 – Manhattan Beach 10K
October 27 – Pumpkin Race
November 2 – TEDx Manhattan Beach
November 11 – Manhattan Beach Veterans Day Ceremony
November 14 – Light Gate Sunset
December 7 – Holiday Crafts Night
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Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale!


Shop 75+ stores up to 75% off. Men’s, women’s, children, home, books, gifts and accessories. There is something for everyone at the Downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale.


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December 9th The Annual Manhattan Beach Fireworks Show & Celebration!


December 9th Manhattan Beach Annual Fireworks show! Snow! Music! Fun!

Click Here For The Complete Details!

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Santa’s Coming to Manhattan Beach!


Manhattan Beach will have its own visit from St. Nick as well, following a similar structure as Redondo Beach. He’ll be cruising through the city from November 27 – December 15.

Santa’s Float Route

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The 24th Annual Holiday Open House and 29th Annual Pier Lighting


The 29th Annual Pier Lighting and 24th Annual Holiday Open House
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM 

Downtown Manhattan Beach and Manhattan Beach Pier

The annual Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House is the official start of the holiday season in Manhattan Beach. It is also downtown Manhattan Beach’s local restaurants, retail stores and businesses way of saying thank you to their customers and community for their support and patronage throughout the year. Downtown merchants will be open until 9:00 PM and are sure to offer some distinctive gifts and intriguing offers this holiday season. The restaurants will be serving their original menus and some sampling to get your palette started for an evening of wonderful food. Be sure to check out the solar powered Festival of Lights and the 12 foot living tree in the Metlox Plaza. Please note: The Living Trees on the pier will be up for one week from November 13th to November 19th.

Bring your kids and remember your shopping list!

Enjoy an evening of holiday music, shopping and dining all at one great location, Downtown Manhattan Beach.


Schedule of Events (subject to change)
Download a copy of the schedule (coming soon).

Pier Lighting Schedule (brought to you by the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department)

6:00 PM Manhattan Beach Middle School Choir
6:30 PM Mira Costa High School Choir
7:00 PM Mayor Steve Napolitano flips the switch that lights the Pier and the Living Trees


Holiday Open House Schedule (Brought to you by the Downtown Business and Professionals Association)

Metlox Plaza Entertainment (backside – 13th Street and Morningside Drive)
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM TBA
Metlox Plaza Entertainment
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM TBA
Manhattan Avenue
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM TBA
Highland Avenue
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM TBA
Manhattan Beach Boulevard
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM TBA


Please be note the street closures that will occur the day of the event.

Street Closures - Pier Lighting


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