PORT OF LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES FALL & WINTER 2019/20 LA WATERFRONT EVENT SCHEDULE
SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Oct. 17, 2019 — Though the lazy days of summer are over and kids are back in school, there are still plenty of fun events to enjoy on the LA Waterfront as the fall and winter seasons approach. So gear up and get excited to experience this year’s line-up of great events and activities, just announced by the Port of Los Angeles.
Two free pre-Halloween events will take place on the LA Waterfront on Saturday, Oct. 26. Starting at 10 a.m. at San Pedro’s Downtown Harbor will be the Port’s “Barktober Show & Tail” pet fashion show and trick-or-treat walk. What could be more fun than a dog in costume? Both pooch and parent must register to enter the show, either on-site beginning at 9 a.m. or by RSVP to [email protected]. Also that same day just across the Main Channel at the Wilmington Waterfront Park will be the Happy Harbor Halloween event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Co-hosted by the Port and City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, this family-friendly carnival-style celebration will feature games, contests, a marionette show and more.
This year, there are three opportunities to celebrate Día de los Muertos on the LA Waterfront! On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3-9 p.m., the San Pedro Historic Waterfront District will host its 8th annual Día de los Muertos Festival in downtown San Pedro; on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon-6 p.m., the Friends of Banning’s Landing will host its Day of the Dead celebration at Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington; and on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5-10 p.m., the Avalon Arts and Cultural Alliance will celebrate the holiday at the Wilmington Art Walk along Avalon Blvd. in Wilmington.
If you love country music, be sure not to miss the inaugural Subaru Country Freedom Festival on the LA Waterfront’s Outer Harbor on Oct. 19 starting at noon. Honoring active military, veterans and first responders, the event will feature a line-up of popular country artists, including Cody Johnson, Chris Janson, Adam Doleac, country trio Honey County, among others. The next day, the “TR3SMFEST” festival celebrating micheladas (spicy Mexican beer), mariscos (seafood), and mariachi (live music), hosted by fan favorite Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, comes to the Outer Harbor. Doors open at 1 p.m., and entry is free before 2 p.m.
In honor of Veterans Day, Battleship IOWA will host its annual Veterans Appreciation Event on Monday, Nov. 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The event will feature free food and live music, with admission to the museum free-of-charge for active, retired, and reserve military. Volunteers will be assembling military care packages on site, and accepting package content donations from the public throughout the day.
Kick off the holiday season in December with one of the many free festive events planned on the LA Waterfront. These include the annual holiday parades, with the San Pedro Holiday Parade on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1-3 p.m., hosted by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. On Sunday, Dec. 8, at noon, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will host the Wilmington Holiday Parade at a new location at Wilmington Waterfront Park.
For a truly winter experience, grab the kids, mittens, and scarves and head to the Port’s annual Wilmington Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will feature plenty of snow, games, holiday crafts, face painting and more. Another hometown favorite will be the 56th Annual Los Angeles Harbor Holiday Afloat Parade, which will make its way through the Main Channel at the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.
Kicking off the New Year, the Port’s Lunar New Year Festival celebrates the “Year of the Rat” on Saturday, Jan. 25. The annual free event will feature a host of cultural attractions, dance and musical performances, as well as culinary delights traditionally enjoyed during this annual Asian holiday. The festival kicks off at 3 p.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. with a fireworks display, weather permitting.
Want to stay up-to-date with all that’s happening on the LA Waterfront? The Port of Los Angeles debuted a newly designed, mobile responsive LA Waterfront website this past summer. The new searchable, user-friendly website includes information and regular updates on all LA Waterfront projects and events throughout the year.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Port of Los Angeles, with miles of public promenade and walking paths, acres of open space and scenic views, the LA Waterfront blankets more than 400 acres of prime waterfront property and boasts historic Los Angeles Harbor landmarks, such as the welcoming Vincent Thomas Bridge and Angels Gate Lighthouse. The busiest container port in North America, the Port of Los Angeles funds and maintains the LA Waterfront, and remains committed to enhancing public access to the waterfront by connecting visitors and local harbor communities with recreational and commercial attractions that expand and diversify the Port’s position as a premier source of economic vitality for the region.
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative, strategic and sustainable operations that benefit Southern California’s economy and quality of life. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $297 billion in trade during 2018. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs in the five-county Southern California region.