April 15 to Sept. 9

California Sunset Series Sailing Regatta

Marina del Rey’s biggest annual sailing event, the  Sunset Series sailboat races will be hosted by the California Yacht Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays in the harbor’s main channel. Get in on the action or watch from the comfort of Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village or one of the marina’s waterfront restaurants.


April 18 and 19

Marina del Rey Halibut Derby

The longest-running fishing competition on the West Coast turns 40 this year.
This annual event hosted by the nonprofit Marina del Rey Anglers unleashes hundreds of fishermen on the Santa Monica Bay for good times and a pair of good causes. Proceeds support the group’s youth fishing program for disadvantaged kids and its white sea bass conservation program. mdranglers.com

May 30

Kahanamoku Klassic Outrigger Race

The Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club hosts its annual daylong race from Mother’s Beach to the Venice Pier to Santa Monica. A style of boat that originated in Hawaii and other parts of Polynesia, an outrigger canoe is equipped with a side counterbalance and typically seats six. Men’s and women’s practices have already begun.


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.

July 4

Fourth of July
Fireworks Spectacular

Celebrate America with a 20-minute fireworks show over the main channel of Marina del Rey harbor, complete with music broadcast over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park and broadcast by KXLU 88.9 FM.
The patriotic event is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. beaches.lacounty.gov

July 11

Ruben Studdard and 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.

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. concert at Burton Chace Park.

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. show at Burton Chace Park.

July 26

Old Fashioned Day in the Park

An annual tradition since 1976, the Classic Yacht Association sponsors this annual gathering of vintage yachts and automobiles for a day of free family fun at Burton Chace Park. For the past 15 years the event has hosted an informal gathering of New York transplants known as the Bronx Reunion Picnic.


July 30

Vanessa Williams

The singer, dancer, actress, author and mom joins Maestro Frank Fetta and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony for a free 7 p.m. show at Burton Chace Park.

Aug. 8

Meshell Ndegeocello

The critically acclaimed singer-song-writer, rapper, bassist and vocalist plays a free 7 p.m. show at Burton Chace Park.

Aug. 13


A free staged production of the Italian opera at 7 p.m. at Burton Chace Park.

Aug. 22

Chicano/Latin rock

A free 7 p.m. show by a to-be-announced headliner closes out the free concert season at Burton Chace Park.

Oct. 11

Discover Marina del Rey Day

The Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors hosts a community festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burton Chace Park that includes music, games and food trucks. Come out and meet your neighbors!


Dec. 12

Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey’s biggest annual event, thousands gather waterside to watch as decorated boats light up the main channel of the harbor. Last year’s Marina del Rey Boat Parade saw 63 boats participate.