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The Hottest Party of the Summer!

Sunset Beach Party


August 15th, 2019


Perched high above the sands of Manhattan Beach and overlooking the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier, attendees enjoy delicious bites from Manhattan Beach restaurants while kicking back with cool vibes by Latch Key Kid. The views from the AVP Skydeck are spectacular, which make for a perfect evening!

The food will be next level! Participating Manhattan Beach restaurants (more to come!):  The Strand House, Rock’N Fish, zinc@shade, BrewCo, Simmzy’s, Becker’s Bakery, Love&Salt, Manhattan Beach Creamery, and Fishing With Dynamite. Growing Wild will provide the perfect tropical pop of color!


General Admission Ticket Holders enter at 5 pm and will receive access to all food offerings, live music, and a cash bar. The sunset view is not to be missed!

VIP ($120):
VIP Ticket Holders have early access at 4:15 pm and be able to mingle with the 2017 AVP/MB Open Champions.

You will also enjoy a dedicated dining platform overlooking Center Court, select beverages, and service so you don’t have to wait at the main bar in the General Admission area.

No physical tickets will be given, you will be placed on the Guest List.

See you there!


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Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament

Live Oak Park Tennis Courts and Mira Costa Tennis Courts
July 25, 2019, through July 28, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM (exact match play times vary each day)
Draws: Now Available

Spectators: Free admission at all venues including finals at Manhattan Country Club

Tournament open to players ages 16+Take your game to the next level or put your practice into play during the 52nd Annual Manhattan Open Tennis Tournament presented by Audi Pacific. From Men’s and Women’s Open Singles and Doubles Divisions to Amateur Divisions, the tournament is sure to provide a fun-filled weekend of competition for everyone!

Finals at Manhattan Country Club

  • The Manhattan Country Club is located at 1330 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.
  • Their parking lot is for members only. All visitors will be able to park in the Manhattan Village accessory parking lot located off of Parkview Avenue, just west of the Country Club. Please review the MBO Tennis Tournament Parking Map (PDF) before going to the Manhattan Country Club.
  • Please make sure you check-in at one of the various check-in tables as there are waivers that need to be filled out and completed.
  • The Manhattan Country Club does not allow outside food and beverage to be brought in (water excluded).
  • Players who qualify for the finals at the Manhattan Country Club must abide by the club’s dress code (PDF).
  • Spectators are welcome to attend free of charge

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Wednesday, July 24th
5:30 PM 
MBO Tennis Tournament Player’s Welcome Reception and Art Exhibition Opening, Manhattan Beach Art Center
Thursday, July 25th3:30 PMLive Oak Park (LOP) – No Matches
Mira Costa High School (MCHS) – Matches: 3:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Friday, July 26th8:00 AMLive Oak Tennis Facility (8:00 AM) and Mira Costa High School (3:30 PM) Tennis Courts
Open Division Players, Men’s and Women’s 3.5 and Below, 4.0, 4.5 to 5.0Tennis Demonstration and Clinic (open to the public)
Saturday, July 27th8:00 AMLive Oak Tennis Facility and Mira Costa high School Tennis Courts
Open Division Players, Men’s and Women’s 3.5 and Below, 4.0, 4.5 to 5.0
Sunday, July 28th10:00 AMManhattan Country Club
Finals – Open Division Players, Men’s and Women’s 3.5 and Below, 4.0, 4.5 to 5.0
Free admission for spectators (open to the public)

Tournament Locations

Live Oak Park1901 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach(310) 802-5474
Mira Costa High SchoolCorner of Artesia Boulevard and Meadows Avenue(310) 374-8315
Manhattan Country Club

1330 Parkview Avenue, Manhattan Beach(310) 546-5656

If there are any questions, please contact Michael Hudak via email or (310) 802-5432.

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Walk With Sally’s White Light White Night

White Light White Night: Saturday, July 20, 2019

Walk With Sally’s 13th Annual White Light White Night event will be coming back for the final year on the now infamous El Segundo rooftop. This is the Premier Event to “See and be Seen” in Manhattan Beach, according to many! Mark your calendar for the premier Los Angeles summer event known for its Food Festival featuring 25+ of Los Angeles’ best restaurants; craft cocktails from Tito’s Vodka; exclusive silent and live auction experiences; a LIVE MUSICAL GUEST; and so many more surprises! Be sure and wear WHITE!

Because of this event and your support, Walk With Sally is able to continue to grow in our mission to provide hope through individualized mentoring and community support services to empower children experiencing trauma through a parent, guardian or sibling’s cancer journey. 


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Opening Celebration: Discover Manhattan Beach Local Art + Insta-Photo Contest Exhibition

Discover Manhattan Beach
Local Art + Insta-Photo Contest Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: July 12 through September 29, 2019
Opening Celebration: Friday, July 12, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Gallery: Manhattan Beach Art Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA

Celebrate national Parks and Rec Month and discover everything Manhattan Beach has to offer! Revel with leisure, hidden gems and hot spots through the eyes and lenses of local artists. Enjoy original artwork, by the community in a variety of mediums, that shows what makes the City a desirable place to live and visit. This exhibition is a portrait of Manhattan Beach and its progressive, laid back lifestyle familiar to all!

Opening Celebration

  • Live Music
  • Food
  • Drinks

Gallery Information:
Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC)
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday, Tuesday, and Holidays Closed

Thank you to our sponsors

Simmzy's 2017 Logo Color
Fresh Brothers Logo
Wanna Chill Shave Ice Logo


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Street Food Cinema Presents: Grease

Enjoy the Movie Grease Outdoors on a Giant Screen at The Westdrift Hotel


Launched in 2012, Street Food Cinema is more than just an outdoor movie. It’s an experience. Bringing together the best in pop culture films, gourmet street food, and progressive new music, Street Food Cinema reinvents the traditional movie-going experience – al fresco style. Every element is carefully curated to develop a unique atmosphere that makes audiences want to come back again and again.

PG-13JUNE 29, 2019

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?

1 hour 50 minutes



Jamie Donnelly “Jan”MUSIC

DJ IvyFOODCousins Maine Lobster, Love Bird (V), PattyWagon (V), Sabores de Mexico (V), The Shrimp and Taco Stop (V) and more! Most trucks have vegetarian options. Trucks with vegan options are marked (V).MC

Jay Flats


Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce

Westdrift Manhattan Beach

Kinecta Federal Credit UnionBUY TICKETS

  • Reserved Seating – $21
    General – $15
    Children Reserved 6-12 – $11 
    Children General 6-12 – $6 
    Children 5 & Under – Free
  • For movie rating and content information, visit Common Sense Media.
  • Reserved Seating – $24
    General – $18
    Children Reserved 6-12 – $11 
    Children General 6-12 – $6 
    Children 5 & Under – Free
  • LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR starting at 6 pm. Please Note: Door may be held at any time to allow for advance ticket holders to enter. If an event is sold out, we will announce on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Doors 5:30p
    Live Music 6:30p
    Movie 8:30
  • Westdrift Golf Course – 1400 Park View Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
  • NO TALL CHAIRS. No chairs over 6 inches off the ground. No tall back chairs. Dog-Friendly!
  • Westdrift Parking Structure. Do not pull in the hotel lobby – enter directly into the parking structure. Rates subject to change. Structure not owned or operated by SFC.
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Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament!

Father’s Day Beach Volleyball Tournament
: Sunday, June 16, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Standard Price: $50 (18 and Under Divisions) • $100 (Four Person – All Ages)
Location: Manhattan Beach Pier- South Side, 100 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

10 and under (short court)32953
11 to 14 (short court)32954
15 to 18 (short court)32955
Four Person – All Ages (long court)32956
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Bite at the Beach Manhattan-Tickets on Sale Now!


The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 6th Annual Bite at the Beach event!

The South Bay’s Premier Food and Craft Brew pairing event is a summer must for anyone who wants to have a unique experience in Manhattan Beach, CA. Each restaurant and craft brewer is carefully paired to create a tasteful experience that your taste buds will go crazy for! Discover new restaurants and craft brewers from all over the South Bay and prepare yourselves to try their best in this 3-hour long event. Emerge your senses to music and other activities on the New York backlot at the Manhattan Beach Studios (MBS) Media Campus- home to movie productions such as Avatar, Jane the Virgin, America’s Funniest Home Videos and more!  Bring your friends, family, and neighbors to this great event.  We assure you, you won’t regret it!


Saturday, August 10, 2019
3:00 – 6:00 PM


MBS Media Campus – New York Street
1600 Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Early Bird Special May 31 – July 12:
General Admission $45
VIP Admission $60

July 13 – Until Sold Out:
General Admission $55
VIP Admission $75

*Must be 21 or over to attend
*No pets permitted

General Admission

UNLIMITED bites and drinks
UNLIMITED access to entertainment and activities
Collectible beer tasting glass


EXCLUSIVE access to VIP area with special activities
EARLY ACCESS (2:00 – 3:00 PM) and first dibs on food and beer
EXPRESS event check-in
UNLIMITED bites and drinks
UNLIMITED access to entertainment and activities
Collectible beer tasting glass

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The Manhattan Wine Auction Benefiting the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

wine auction

Featuring Silent and Live Auctions Food and Wine Tasting Music and Dancing Benefitting The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation Endowment The Venue Manhattan Country Club 1330 Parkview Avenue Manhattan Beach, California • Sampling from 40 of the finest local restaurants, bakeries, and specialty food purveyors • Tasting from 75 distinguished wineries, distilleries and breweries • Exclusive “Reserve Room”, featuring cult and rare wines from around the world, paired with hearty hors d’oeuvres • Live and Silent Auctions, including fine and collectible wines and spirits, extraordinary trips, one-of-a-kind dinners and experiences, sports and golf opportunities, and so much more • Music and dancing under the stars The Manhattan Wine Auction, now in its 25th year, is the largest charity wine auction in Southern California and offers nearly 2,000 guests the best in food and wine in a festive atmosphere. Attendees from the South Bay and throughout California attend this popular event, including food and wine enthusiasts, business, community, and civic leaders, and parents and supporters of the Manhattan Beach public schools.

4:00 – 6:00 PM Reserve Room Open

4:30 PM Doors Open for General Admission Ticket Holders and Table Guests

4:30 – 7:30 PM Food and Wine Tasting, Silent Auction Bidding

7:30 – 11:00 PM Live Auction, followed by Music and Dancing.

Light Fare and Premium Wine served at Corporate and Family Tables.

The Silent Auction opens the week prior to the Wine Auction and is available to event guests, as well as the broader community through the convenience of mobile and online bidding. The Live Auction takes place on Center Court where all guests are able to participate.


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Police/Fire Open House and Car Show


On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the Manhattan Beach Police and Fire Departments will hold an Open House from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The Police and Fire Open House will showcase services, equipment, as well as staff that provide public safety and emergency response to our community. Guests will have the opportunity to meet members of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and Manhattan Beach Fire Department including: SWAT Team, Motor/Traffic Officers, Parking and Animal Control Officers, K-9 Team, Firefighters/Paramedics, as well as volunteers that support Neighborhood Watch, Victim Assistance Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Police Explorers and the Police Support Volunteers program.

There will be demonstrations throughout the day including: the Police SWAT Team and K-9 Team and the Fire Department’s auto extrication using the jaws of life.

There will be an extensive display of public safety vehicles including: Fire Truck, SWAT Van, Beach Patrol Rhino (all-terrain vehicle), Beach Patrol Truck, Patrol SUV, Traffic Motorcycle, Animal Control Rescue Truck and the Police and Fire Mobile Command Center. In addition, Police and Fire personnel will be displaying their specialized equipment used for SWAT, Firefighting, Animal Aid and Rescues.

The Fire Bay will be open and there will be guided tours of the Jail throughout the day.  There will be plenty of giveaways for the kids and lots of photo opportunities with a fire truck, police motorcycle or SUV and with your favorite police officer or firefighter.

The Police and Fire facilities are located at 400 15th Street on the corner of 15th Street and Valley Drive. Visitors can enter the event site through the gates on Valley Drive, between 13th Street and 15th Street or through the Fire Bay on 15th Street.  Come early so you can enjoy coffee and donuts (while supplies last).

Car Show

As part of the Police & Fire Open House, there will also be a car show from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Civic Center Parking lot. If you own a hot rod or a classic/vintage car and you’d like to display your car for the event, please contact Officer Brian Cobian.

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Metlox Summer Concert Series Begins Sunday, May 26th


Metlox Plaza presents Live Music at Metlox every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. through September 2.

Each Sunday afternoon Metlox Plaza will feature a different band or musician for shoppers, diners and gatherers to enjoy. Metlox Plaza is a unique shopping and dining destination located at the gateway to Downtown Manhattan Beach.

Metlox boasts a European style town square where upscale shopping and dining offerings intertwine with landscaped courtyards, fountains, a fire sculpture and public art that celebrates the history of the Metlox Pottery manufacturing facility that occupied the site from 1927.

For additional information, visit the website at http://metloxmb.com/.

Metlox Plaza is located at 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard in Manhattan Beach with convenient metered parking in the Metlox structure.

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