Summer Fun in Venice, Santa Monica & West LA!

The summer is sizzling with fun local  events – including everything from art, community, parties , music and more in Venice, Santa Monica & West LA! More just added! Events are free unless noted.

Lincoln Place VeniceThe Grand Opening of Lincoln Place in Venice is Thursday, August 14 from 5:30 – 9pm at 1050 Frederick St., Venice 90291. This massive complex has a storied and controversial development history. Whatever the case is, it’s open and there’s a party going on with live music, open bar, gift bags for the first 300 in attendance a raffle and more! You might as well check it out before you head to the pier (see below).

The Santa Monica Pier Concert season continues on Thursday, August 14 from 7 – 9/9:30pm with La Santa Cecilia & Zombies on August 21!! It’s always a fun time whether your on the pier or the beach, tho the sand is quite crowded these days. Tip: If you’re on the beach, don’t bring bottles of wine or liquor to avoid getting a ticket. Think sports bottles!

Relay for Life- Mar-Vista+WestLA-081614-croppedRelay for Life on Saturday, August 16 starting at 10am in Mar Vista at the Mar VistaRecreation Center, 11430 Woodbine St, Los Angeles in the baseball field, honoring former Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a cancer survivor, along with current Councilman Mike Bonin and Mayor Eric Garcetti, who will speak at the event opening. Most of our lives have been touched by cancer  and this is a proactive and positive way to support survivors and anyone affected by it. Show up and enjoy everything from yoga, live music, games massage and more. You can also Register Here  to  become part of a team or donate.



Tongva Park-Santa Minica-My Venice LifeConcert in the park at Tongva Park in Santa Monica on Wednesday, August 20, 7-9pm. The new park on Ocean Ave, the one with the cool metal sculptures and views of the ocean is starting its first season of cultural programming with Lian Ensemble with world music and mystical Persian sounds. Free bike valet and parking in Civic Center Garage (max $5).




VAC-4th-Anniversary-Aug2014-myvenicelifeThe Venice Art Crawl 4th Anniversary  is on Thursday, August 21, 6 – 11pm at 305 Rose Ave., Venice 90291 at Full Circle Venice!  Enjoy art by local artists, a silent auction, cake by Whole Foods, Venice Paparazzi photobooth and D.J.s Loboman and Petey-Pete. $10 donation.
RSVP Required: events@veniceartcrawl.com




Black Shoe-Polish Jazz Funk Fest PosterRag n’ Bones & Jazz Funk Fest at the UnUrban Cafe on Saturday, August 23, 7-10pm  at 3301 Pico in Santa Monica. This is a real treat starting out with local spoken wordies Rex Butters, Tryg Hanson and others starting at 7pm sharp. Black Shoe Polish goes on at 8pm with Gerry Fialka, Paulie Dee to name of few of this funky bunch. This unique mashup of music, words and performance in a bohemian cafe (in the backroom) feels more like Venice than Santa Monica and happens every other month.
See our in-depth writeup on the event >