Manhattan Beach Events
Looking for some fun? Where shall we start? Manhattan Beach is a city for all seasons.
For 10 weeks running from July into September, there are summer concerts at Pollywog Park involving great local bands as well as touring tribute artists (Neil Diamond, U2 and there’s even been an Elvis sighting).
The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce also presents a summertime craft beer and food festival called Bite At The Beach at Manhattan Beach Studios Media Campus, homebase to James Cameron.
Since it’s hard to tell one season from the other because of the year-round warm and sunny weather here, locals know it’s fall with the arrival of Old Hometown Fair the weekend of Oct. 6-7. This long-running event includes a 10K, endless arts & crafts booths and the ever-popular beer garden.
Holiday Open House in November is when carolers roam the streets and reindeer pose in a petting area. During this event, downtown businesses fling open their doors to welcome people after hours with refreshments in an incredibly festive atmosphere.
Most cities like to have fireworks on the 4th of July or New Year’s Eve but this is Manhattan Beach, where its unique character creates unique moments. And few moments are as spectacular as the Holiday Fireworks. Held on Dec. 9, this is a jaw-dropping pinch-myself-is-this-really-happening, happening.
People turn out by the thousands, putting beach chairs on Manhattan Beach Blvd., and standing on The Strand and on the sand. Every house on The Strand has a small cocktail party and a band plays at the base of the pier. When the show starts it’s an explosive extravaganza that provides a momentous moment and a celebration to another magical year in Manhattan Beach.