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Westside Summer Calendar 2015

Sat., June 6
Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race
and Ocean Festival Come for the paddleboard and ocean swim races, stay for a free festival that includes food, activities, a pop-up surfing museum and appearances by surf culture legends. Santa Monica Pier. pierpaddle.com

(Youtube video from last year)

Sun., June 7
Bartels’ Harley-Davidson Chili Cook-Off
Westsiders bring their best chili recipes to the table from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a day of live music and tastings. Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey. Free. (310) 823-1112; bartelsharley.com

Sun., June 14
BOSTYX
Catch a free outdoor concert tribute to Boston and Styx (led by former Boston member David Victor) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Concert Park in Playa Vista. playavista.com

Fri., June 19
“The Lego Movie”
Free outdoor movie screening from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista. playavista.com

Sat., June 20
Race Around the Marina
Inaugural stand-up paddleboard race begins at 9 a.m., with live music and barbecue to follow, at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. racearoundthemarina.us

“Edward Scissorhands”
An outdoor movie screening at 8:30 p.m. follows food truck service (5:30 p.m.) and a performance by the band OYLS (7 p.m.) at the Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $14. eatseehear.com

Fri., June 26
“The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Free outdoor movie screening from 8 to 10 p.m. in Playa Vista’s Concert Park. playavista.com

Sat., June 27
Ballona Habitat Restoration Day
Lend a hand from 9:30 a.m. to noon to help restore the integrity of the Ballona Wetlands while also learning about watershed ecology. Gloves and tools provided. Meet behind the Alkali Water Market (a.k.a. Gordon’s Market), 303 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey. (310) 306-5994; ballonafriends.org

“Annie Hall”
An outdoor movie screening at 8:30 p.m. follows food truck service (5:30 p.m.) and music by Haunted Summer and the Brendan Eder Ensemble (7 p.m.) at the Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $14. eatseehear.com

Sun., June 28
YAS-A-THON Spin to Beat Cancer
Spin the afternoon away to benefit ThinkCure from 1 to 4 p.m. at YAS Fitness Center, 1101 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice. (310) 396-6993;
go2yas.com

N’Demand
Dance to pop hits during a free outdoor concert from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista. playavista.com

Thurs., July 2
Opera at the Shore
Finalists and winners from the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition and other special guests join the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony for a free 7 p.m. concert at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Sat., July 4
Westchester 4th of July Parade
This traditional small-town Fourth of July celebration features a parade of volunteer-built floats that starts from Westchester Park (7000 W. Manchester Blvd.) at 11 a.m. and continues down Loyola Boulevard until reaching at Loyola Marymount University at about 1 p.m. This year’s theme: American Beach Party. (310) 645-5151; laxcoastal.com

Marina 4th of July Fireworks
A 20-minute traditional fireworks extravaganza set to music begins at 9 p.m., with viewing areas all around Marina del Rey’s man channel. Free. (310) 305-9595; beaches.lacounty.gov

Culver City Fireworks Show
The Exchange Club’s annual fireworks show returns to West Los Angeles College with carnival games, live music and food trucks. Enter campus at 9000 Overland Ave. or 10100 Jefferson Blvd. (310) 499-4840; culvercityfireworksshow.com

“Jaws”
An outdoor movie screening at 8:30 p.m. follows food truck service (5:30 p.m.) and a performance by the band Suspect (7 p.m.) at the Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $14. eatseehear.com

Thurs., July 9
Calé, Conganas
Calé mixes Latin and flamenco rhythms with rock guitar and Conganas shuffles salsa, cumbia and Latin jazz during a free outdoor concert double bill from
7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. culvercity.org

Thursdays, July 9
to Sept. 10
Twilight Concert Series The popular free outdoor concert series returns to Santa Monica Pier. Performers to be announced soon. santamonicapier.org

Fri., July 10
“Dirty Dancing”
Free outdoor movie screening from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista. playavista.com

Sat., July 11
Ruben Studdard + Freddie Jackson
The “American Idol” winner joins the Harlem-born soul singer and a special guest to-be-announced for a free pop, soul and R&B concert at 7 p.m. at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Sun., July 12
Angel City Smooth
Free outdoor concert of crossover jazz, funk and pop starts at 5 p.m. in Playa Vista’s Concert Park. playavista.com

Thurs., July 16
Ballet Folklórico de Los Angeles
The Mexican-American folk dance company joins the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony for a free 7 p.m. outdoor concert at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Stone Soul, George Kahn Jazz & Blues Revue
Classic Motown meets straight-forward, vocals-driven jazz and blues during a free outdoor concert double bill from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. culvercity.org

Sun., July 19
Beatles vs. Stones
A musical shootout featuring live performances of songs from the two biggest rock bands of all time runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista. playavista.com

Thurs., July 23
Hot Lips and Fingertips
A free concert of Celtic, country, blues, swing and rock rhythms happens from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. culvercity.org

Fri., July 24
“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
Free outdoor movie screening from 8 to 10 p.m. in Playa Vista’s Concert Park. playavista.com

Sat., July 25
KC & the Sunshine Band
Get down tonight and shake shake shake your booty with disco royalty KC & the Sunshine Band during a free 7 p.m. outdoor concert at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

“Love Actually”
An outdoor movie screening at 8:30 p.m. follows food truck service (5:30 p.m.) and music by The Neighbors (7 p.m.) during a Christmas in July party at the Santa Monica High School Memorial Greek Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. $14. eatseehear.com

Smart Gardening Workshop
Beginning gardeners receive hands-on instruction on the basics of composting and natural techniques for improving your lawn and garden while reducing waste. The free L.A. County-sponsored class is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Culver City Veteran’s Memorial Center, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. (310) 253-6411; culvercity.org

Sat. & Sun., July 25 + 26
Venice Beach Summer Fest
A massive two-day party with live bands, dancing and a beer garden on the Venice boardwalk. $20. (562) 277-7174; fx3events.com

Sun., July 26
Old Fashioned Day in the Park
Enjoy a free display of vintage cars and yachts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. (310) 305-9596; beaches.lacounty.gov

Thurs., July 30
Vanessa Williams
The singer, dancer and actress joins Maestro Frank Fetta and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony for a free 7 p.m. show at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Hot Club of Cowtown
Dance the night away to hot jazz and Western swing during a free outdoor concert double bill from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. culvercity.org

Sun., Aug. 2
Festival of the Chariots
Crowds gather at 10 a.m. to help the International Society for Krishna Consciousness carry three elaborately decorated four-story chariots from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to Venice Beach, where they host a free public feast at noon. festival-ofchariots.com

Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca
A free outdoor concert of Afro-Cuban and Pan-African rhythms happens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Playa Vista’s Central Park Bandshell. playavista.com

Sundays, Aug. 2-30
Jazz on the Lawn
Free outdoor jazz concerts happen each Sunday in August at Stewart Street Park, 1836 Stewart St., Santa Monica. Audience participation and dancing encouraged. (310) 458-8350; smgov.net/jazz

Thurs., Aug. 6
Venice (the band)
A free outdoor concert of straight-ahead classic rock with powerful vocals from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. culvercity.org

Fri., Aug. 7
“Big Hero 6”
Free outdoor movie screening from 8 to 10 p.m. in Playa Vista’s Concert Park. playavista.com

Sat., Aug. 8
Meshell Ndegeocello
The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist and vocalist gives a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

 

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 8 + 9
Gillis Beach Volley-ball Tournament
A 45-year tradition, the event draws some 800 players (novice to pro) and many more spectators to a party that involves dressing in costume and pitching elaborate tents. Free. Dockweiler Beach, Playa del Rey. thegillis.com

Thurs., Aug. 13
“Pagliacci”
A free outdoor staged production of the Italian opera happens at 7 p.m. in Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. visitmarinadelrey.com

Bonne Musique Zydeco
A free night of authentic Louisiana and Texas creole music from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at Culver City City Hall, 9770 Culver Blvd. culvercity.org

Fri., Aug. 14
“Guardians of the Galaxy”
Free outdoor screening from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell in Playa Vista. playavista.com

Sun., Aug. 16
De Bois All-Stars
A free outdoor concert of cover tunes by the likes of Rihanna, Robin Thicke and Carly Rae Jepsen happens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Playa Vista’s Concert Park. playavista.com

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 28-30
Fiesta La Ballona
Culver City’s annual party in the park features three days of live music, food trucks, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides and artisan wares at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Free entrance; rides $1. fiestalaballona.org

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