May Events Mashup: Tasty Local Scene Events in Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey

May 2015 Events: Mainopoly, Nepal benefit, SPARC Art Opening, Venice Spring Fling and more! All Events are Free unless otherwise stated. More events added as of May 28.

Cinco de Maio
May 5 Tuesday
Just about every bar in Venice and Santa Monica are celebrating this festive day! Whether you are on Abbot Kinney, Main Street, Windward Ave or Washington Blvd. you’re bound to find drink + food specials!

Finnegan’s Wake
May 5 Tuesday 6-8pm
Finnegan’s Wake is the Monthly reading and discussion of the epic book by author James Joyce, led by local Venetian Gerry Fialka at that Marina del Rey Library.
4533 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Nepal Earthquake benefit Mar VistaBenefit for Nepal Earthquake Relief
May 6 Wednesday 7:30pm
Timewarp Records owned by Bill Megalos in Mar Vista is hosting the event and supporting SARDogs Nepal, a 25 year-old Search And Rescue outfit working in the Gorkha district during this crisis. Watch Debra Kaufman’s film, listen to Neeraj Gautam, a Nepali SMC student, a live skype conversation with Karna Dura, head of SARDogs Nepal and be entertained by Venice guitar legend Michael Jost and East of Lincoln.
12204 Venice Blvd. Mar Vista, CA 90066 (between Centinela and Grandview)

Santa Monica Festival 2015Santa Monica Festival
May 9 Saturday 11am – 6pm
24th Annual Santa Monica Festival in Clover Park with art, music, food and booths plus do-it-yourself workshops and cooking demonstrations and a bicycle rodeo, the Festival invites you to see, taste, and experience one of the most innovative beach cities in the U.S., a national model for sustainability.
2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, California 90405

turning-point-pilates-venice-toast-061014Grand Opening Party: Turning Point Pilates
May 16 Saturday 1-3pm
Bring your friends and check out their brand new studio location while sipping on prosecco and enjoying desserts! Featuring: Lorna Jane Trunk Show with Discounts on Merchandise, Raffle with Pilates, Facial, Massage, Flower Essences prizes, and Special Deals to be revealed at the party and a Ribbon Cutting at 1:30pm with Venice Chamber of Commerce
337 Washington Blvd Suite 1 Venice, CA 90292

tourdevenice-myvenicelifeTour de Venice
May 16 Saturday 1-4
Shop, Music Art, Food  & Drink at Hotel Erwin $10 Admission, $50 VIP Portion of proceeds benefiting Venice Community Housing Corp (VCHC). Check out pop-ups from local boutiques, artists, entertainers and more from Abbot Kinney to Windward Ave.  Get Tickets.
1697 Pacific Ave 90291

Venice Art Walk 2015 logoVenice Art Walk & Auctions
May 17 Sunday 12 noon – 6pm
This vibrant annual event features tours of local artists studios in Venice (ticket purchase required) and the main Art Walk and Silent Auction event at Google, which is FREE and open to the public; it features an amazing array of local art, plus live music, food and kids events. See our feature on the Venice Art Walk. Best of all it benefits local families via the Venice Family Clinic. Venice Art Walk Tickets. Google: 340 Main Street Venice, CA 90291

SPARC-Venice-Art-Self Portrait of a Migrant_2014_by_Enrique_GijonSPARC Art Opening
May 23 Saturday 4-8pm
SPARC presents an art opening at the Durón Gallery “New Codex:
Oaxaca – Immigration and Cultural Memory.” A touring exhibit curated by Marietta Bernstorff, illuminates the contemporary visual discourse of Oaxaca and explores the impact of immigration to the United States. The opening exhibition at SPARC will also include a mural painting by La Piztola Collective, a contemporary mural collective from Oaxaca.
685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 Free parking in lot

Main Street-Mainopoly-A Taste of Main-052415-Santa-MonicaMainopoly: A Taste of Main Street
May 24 Sunday 3-8pm
Mainopoly: A Taste of Main Street offers a wonderful taste of Main Street in Santa Monica that is a Benefit for Summer SOULstice festival (in June) and Heal the Bay. This is the second year in a row that this fun filled Monopoly inspired adventure leads you to a bastion of delectable restaurants and bars on Main Street. More details coming on My Venice Life. Tickets at various prices.
See our photos from last year on the Mainopoly site + get deets.

Venice Spring Fling Music FestivalVenice Spring Fling Concert
May 30 Saturday 11am – 7pm
This free annual music fest showcases a plethora of local bands throughout the day and early evening in the green area between the Venice Boardwalk and the beach at Windward.
Featuring bands from Fishbone’s original lineup:
Norwood Fisher’s Band: Trulio Disgracia & Angelo Moore’s Band: Dr. Madd Vibe


the moving joint-yoga-marvistaNEW! The Moving Joint Open Studio Celebration
May 31 Sunday 3 – 6pm
The yoga, pilates and dance studio in Mar Vista is celebrating the expansion of their space! Join in the fun with live music and performances, food and drinks, specials and an auction!
12811 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles 90066


May is chock full of Local Scene Events in Venice, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey and Mar Vista!
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