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Holiday Open House and Pier Lighting

Hello “Mermaid Wave”, congratulations on being the 2018 WINNER of the Holiday Window Decorating Contest.

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, 2019

Downtown Manhattan Beach celebrates the beginning of the Holiday Shopping Season with a night full of family-friendly holiday festivities. It’s our way of kicking off the holidays and welcoming you into our house!

5:00 PM

METLOX PLAZA ENTERTAINMENT

Santa Danny

Soozi Show Balloon Art

Nicole Face Paints

Jack Tracy Ukelele

Picture with Santa provided by Ralf’s Photography

Treats for purchase by Frontier Kettle Korn + Le Pain Quotidien

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ALL STREETS IN DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN BEACH

Holiday Open House, brought to you by the 300+ Business Owners in Downtown Manhattan Beach

LIVE REINDEER

Located in front of {pages} a bookstore   

LIVE MUSIC + CAROLERS

A Holiday Affair, Carolers

Dietz Bros. Band  –  located at 10th + Manhattan Ave.

Harmony Carolers (Dickens style)

Hyperion Outfall Serenaders  –  located in front of Chase Bank

Matt Jazz, Saxophone  –  located at 12th + Manhattan Ave.

Michael Holmes, Guitar  –  located in Metlox Plaza

7:00 PM

PIER LIGHTING

LIVING CHRISTMAS TREES

Musical entertainment begins at 6:00 pm, the Mayor flips the switch promptly at 7:00 pm

MBMS CHOIR   |   MCHS CHOIR

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Halloween Boo Bash!

Fun For the Whole Family at this Annual Event!
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Skecher’s Pier to Pier Friendship Walk & Annual Pumpkin Race

Event

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk begins next to the Manhattan Beach Pier. Participants will walk south towards the Hermosa Beach Pier for the turnaround point, then return to the Manhattan Beach Pier. The total duration of the Walk is about 3.5 miles.

Early Check-In

Friday, October 25

11:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday, October 26

11:00am – 4:00pm

The SKECHERS stores in Manhattan BeachRedondo Beach South Bay GalleriaTorrance Del Amo Mall, and Promenade on the Peninsula in Palos Verdes (near the fountains and across from Good Stuff Restaurant)

**All registrants will receive an email with additional details on early check-in a week before the Walk.

At the Walk

Sunday, October 27

8:00am
Location: Manhattan Beach Pier
Check-in and Registration
Exhibitions and Fun Zone

9:00am*
Opening Ceremony and Pier to Pier Walk

12:00pm
World Famous Pumpkin Races

Fees
Registration: $30 (for adults and kids 3 and up)
Registration (on day of event): $35
T-shirt: FREE with registration**

Registration is optional for babies (even those with a stroller!)
All who are registered will get their own t-shirt and gift bag.** If you’d like a gift bag for your little one, please register your child.

*Time is approximate.
**Shirts & gift bags are available for registrants while supplies last.

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Street Food Cinema Presents: Ghostbusters

35th Anniversary Screening of Ghostbusters at The Westdrift Hotel Golf Course October 19th

The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and Street Food Cinema present Manhattan Movie Nights on Saturday, October 19 at Westdrift Golf Course in Manhattan Beach.

It’s more than just a movie! Street Food Cinema features cool outdoor movies, picnic-ready food trucks, live music from emerging artists, interactive games and more! Attendees will enjoy a screening of the original Ghostbusters, celebrating it’s 35 anniversary.

Doors open at 5:30, the music begins at 6:30 and the movie starts at 8:30.

Tickets are $6/$11/$15/$24. Limited tickets will be available at the door (cash only) starting at 6 p.m. Door may be held at any time to allow for advance ticket holders to enter. No dogs over 20 pounds will be permitted.

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/schedule/.

The Westdrift Golf Course is located at 1400 Park View Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

  • ADVANCE TICKET INFO
  • 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.
  • DOOR TICKET INFO
  • Reserved Seating – $25
    General – $19
    Children Reserved 6-12 – $12
    Children General 6-12 – $7
    Children 5 & Under – Free
  • LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR starting at 6pm. 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.
  • TIME
  • Doors 5:30p
    Live Music 6:30p
    Movie 8:00p
  • Please note early movie start time.
  • LOCATION
  • Westdrift Golf Course – 1400 Park View Ave. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
  • Pet-Friendly!
  • NO TALL CHAIRS. No chairs over 6 inches off the ground. No tall back chairs.
  • PARKING
  • 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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Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair!

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

October 5 – 6, 2019

Nothing says community like the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

With a hometown feel and a place for everyone, The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair has had the privilege of celebrating the South Bay community for 47 years.

Run by a 20 person volunteer board in partnership with the city of Manhattan Beach, tens of thousands of people flock to Manhattan Beach the 1st week in October to join in the fun!

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Melisse Chef Josiah Citrin Opens a Seafood-Heavy Restaurant in Manhattan Beach

‘Coast’ takes over Fonz’s location

The very busy chef took over Fonz’s right by the water

Native Angeleno Josiah Citrin has had one of the busiest calendar years that any local chef could have. Not only is the Melisse owner eager to reopen his genre-shifting Santa Monica fine dining restaurant soon, he has also popped into projects from Koreatown to Culver City, and even released a cookbook. Now Citrin is coming for the South Bay with a new restaurant called Coast.

As the name implies, Coast in Manhattan Beach will carry a bit of a surf-side perspective, leaning into seafood while not totally leaving the steaks and other hearty plates behind. Reached by phone while cooking at an event in Mexico City, Citrin told Eater that Coast will lean heavily on shared plates and appetizers for the group, while the larger portions include whole fish preparations and a small amount of pasta. There will be a couple of chops available as well, and some pulls from Citrin’s other project, Dear John’s in Culver City, including the caesar salad and maybe the chicken parm.

The former Fonz’s space in Manhattan Beach isn’t that large, so expect only about 45 seats inside with another 10 or so at the bar. The big windows that look into the former steakhouse will remain.

Right now, it’s looking like Coast should open for dinner before the end of the month. That timing isn’t confirmed yet, so safe to say sometime early this fall at the latest. Meanwhile, Citrin can be found bouncing around between Charcoal in Venice, Openaire in Koreatown, and Dear John’s in Culver City.

Coast. 1017 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Reprinted from EATER by Farley Elliott  Sep 9, 2019, 11:25am PDT

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Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair

The annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair takes place Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A longstanding South Bay tradition, the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is a fun-filled, family occasion featuring live music, entertainment, arts and crafts, games and rides. The Hometown Fair merchants offer an extensive assortment of quality craftsmanship. Exhibitors are by invitation only so as to provide a unique selection of items.

With over 300 vendors, there’s something for everyone: from ceramics and clothing, oil and water paintings to photographs and sculptures made from glass, wood and metal.

There will be a wide variety of edibles available for your dining pleasure and booths are staffed by non-profit organizations.

The Beer Garden, which is located on Dorsey Field at the north end of the fairgrounds, opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and serves beer tickets until 5 p.m. with last call at 5:30 and the doors closing at 6:00. The Beer Garden is staffed by local charities established for the benefit of Manhattan Beach youth. A drawing takes place in June, where four of the charities are selected to operate the Beer Garden. Each group selected will receive a portion of the net proceeds.

The Wine Garden, which is located at the basketball courts and can be reached via Live Oak Field, is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with last call at 5:30. The Wine Garden serves premium wines in a casual and comfortable garden-like setting and features live entertainment from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.

The Main Stage is located on Dorsey Field near the Beer Garden and will feature the Annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday. Local amateur bands audition in early September and the finalists will battle for the title and a $500 cash prize. The Main Stage will feature entertainment throughout the weekend.

There are a number of attractions that return every year due to popular demand, such as the pony rides, the petting zoo and the giant 50 foot slide.

The Hometown fair is located in the general area of Live Oak, Dorsey Field and the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach.

Shuttle service is available from 8 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday from the Northrop/Grumman parking lot. The shuttle service parking is located at the corner of Aviation Boulevard and Marine Avenue in Redondo Beach and will run approximately every 15 minutes throughout each day.

For more information, visit the website at http://www.mbfair.org/.

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Stand in the Sand International Peace Day Event at the Pier!

Stand in the Sand 4 Peace Event


Several local groups are coordinating an effort to recognize the United Nations’ International Peace Day on Saturday, Sept. 21 with a “Stand in the Sand” for peace.

The event will begin with a gathering at 8:00 a.m. on the Manhattan Beach Pier, after which the participants will spell out the word “P-E-A-C-E” in the sand. The event will be captured by an aerial photo.

Participation is free, but pre-registration at Eventbrite is encouraged.

The Peace Day event is being coordinated by Manhattan Beach resident Karen Wooldridge along with Pennekamp Elementary educator Donna Barney
Organizations supporting the event include the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Grades of Green, South Bay Cares, Heal the Bay, and the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium.
After the cleanup, participants are urged to stay for the Coastal Clean-Up Day activities from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

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Street Food Cinema Presents: Bohemian Rhapsody at The Westdrift Golf Course

Street Food Cinema Presents: Bohemian Rhapsody

The Manhattan Beach Chamber and Street Food Cinema present Manhattan Movie Nights on Saturday, September 7 at the Westdrift Golf Course in Manhattan Beach.

The event features live music, food trucks and a screening of Bohemian Rhapsody. Doors open at 5:30, the music begins at 6:30 and the movie starts at 8:00. Bohemian Rhapsody is the story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985, 2 hours, 14 minutes).

Limited tickets will be available at the door (cash only) starting at 6 p.m. Please note: door may be held at any time to allow for advance ticket holders to enter. No dogs over 20 pounds will be permitted.

Advance tickets prices are as follows:
Reserved Seating – $21
General – $15
Children Reserved 6-12 – $11

Children General 6-12 – $6
Children 5 & Under – Free
(Tickets at the door will cost more!)

For additional information and ticket purchase, visit the website at http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/schedule/.

The Westdrift (formerly Manhattan Beach Marriott) Golf Course is located at 1400 Park View Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

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Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

August 25, 2019,  will mark the 41st year of the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. The event is organized and conducted by the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association, Inc., a volunteer 501c4 non-profit organization. The Association promotes a traditional and original paddleboard race from Catalina Island to the pier of Manhattan Beach, California. Established in 1955, the Catalina Classic is the oldest and most celebrated endurance paddleboard race in the world. This historic 32-mile marathon, which starts at Catalina’s Isthmus Cove and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier; attracts paddlers from all over the world and is known as the “Grand-Daddy of all paddleboard races.” This is a race by paddlers for paddlers.

The Catalina Classic Paddleboard Association makes donations to local non-profit organizations that work with youth groups, education, and water safety. Past recipients include the L.A. County Jr. Lifeguard Scholarship Fund, The Manhattan Beach Round House Aquarium, Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, ECF Kayne Eras Center, and 1% for the planet.

Many paddlers also utilize the race to raise money and awareness for their favorite charities, including:

  • The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation, with the US Marine Corps relay team from Wounded Warriors Battalion-West
  • The Ocean of Hope Campaign for the Sarcoma Alliance
  • The ALS Association Golden West Chapter

THE MOST HISTORICAL PADDLEBOARD RACE
IN THE WORLD

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