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27 Jun  

Fourth of July Fun in Santa Monica

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Grab a few friends or the whole family and create your own Fourth of July viewing party! Here are just a handful of Santa Monica spots known for their breathtaking views:

Celebrate in Santa Monica
Join us for some Fourth of July fun!

Santa Monica College – Celebrate America
Saturday, June 30th, 2012
1900 Pico Blvd, Corsair Field (310) 434-3055

Gates open 5pm, Entertainment 7pm, Fireworks 9pm, Entertainment, special exhibits and star-spangled firework salute. Come picnic on the field, food and drink welcome on Corsair Field. Admission: Free, parking $5

6th Annual Fourth of July Parade
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Kicks off in front of the Civic Center and proceeds down Main Street to the Venice border

Santa Monica’s 6th Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street, celebrating the imaginative, inventive spirit of our nation’s founders. We would like to welcome the Buy Local Community as our 2012 parade partners.

Fourth of July Celebrations Around Town
Find additional LA Fourth of July firework shows.

Marina del Rey
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 (310) 305-9545
4701 Admiralty Way

Fireworks start at 9pm. Spectators can watch the display and listen to synchronized music on KXLU 88.9FM. The music will be relayed over loudspeakers in Burton Chace Park, for onlookers.

Pacific Palisades
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
15777 Bowdoin Street

64th Annual Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade – Skydivers – 1:50pm, Parade 2:00pm. Located on Sunset Boulevard, between Via de la Paz and Drummond.

Palisades Rocks the Fourth Concert and Fireworks – Gates Open 6:00pm, Entertainment 6:30pm, Fireworks 9:00pm. General Admission $6 at the gate, only $5 online in advance. Children 12 and under FREE (children must present a “free” ticket at the door). Located at Palisades Charter H.S. Stadium by the Sea, 1577 Bowdoin Street.

Culver City
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Culver City High School, 4401 Elenda Street

Gates open at 5PM, entertainment begins at 6:30PM, and the fireworks start at 9PM. Suggested donation of $2 per person (children under 5 are free) will help us continue those efforts.

El Segundo
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Recreation Park, 401 E. Sheldon Street (310) 524-2700

Beginning at 10am with food, games, contests and music. Fireworks 9pm.

Hollywood Bowl
July 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 2012 7:30pm
2301 North Highland Ave.

American pop icon Barry Manilow joins the Bowl’s ever-popular tribute to our nation’s birthday, which will include his many hits, traditional patriotic music, and, of course, fabulous fireworks. Tickets available online.

Huntington Beach
Sunday, July 1th, 2012 – Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Huntington Beach Pier, 325 Pacific Coast Highway

Huntington Beach Celebration, 4 Day Pier Plaza Festival.

Redondo Beach
Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way

Gates open 2pm, entertainment throughout the day, Fireworks Show synced To Patriotic music Broadcast Live on CBS Radio Jack FM 93.1 9pm.

For additional Santa Monica summer events and entertainment, visit the Santa Monica Summer Specials page at

25 Jun  

California Travel Association Honors Santa Monica’s Best at 30th Annual Summit

Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Coastal Resources Director PastedGraphic-1holding the award with Mark Massara, General Counsel and VP of Social Responsibility for O’Neill

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Sales & Services Manager, Hannah Avol, and Santa Monica based environmental advocacy non-profit, Heal the Bay, both received awards at California Travel Association’s (CalTravel) 30th Annual California Travel Summit earlier this month!

Heal the Bay received the California Travel Association’s Tourism Stewardship of the Year Award for its significant contributions in preserving our shared natural resources.  The Santa Monica based environmental advocacy non-profit, has been a pioneer in preserving California’s Coastline and instrumental in the improvement of water quality at California beaches for over 20 years.  Their team of passionate scientists and advocates monitors pollution levels at California beaches with its weekly Beach Report Card, leads beach cleanups, and educates coastal and inland communities on the importance of protecting our watersheds.  Heal the Bay also encourages ocean stewardship at its Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, which welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year.

SMCVB Sales & Services Manager, Hannah Avol, received an “Emerging Leaders Award”

Hannah Avol received an “Emerging Leaders Award”, presented to 30 individuals, 30 years of age or younger, who reflect California’s exciting “new leaders of tourism.”  Avol has served as the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Manager of Sales and Services for the past four and a half years and stands out amongst her peers as a dedicated professional committed to increasing the awareness of initiatives that SMCVB, local hospitality partners and the City of Santa Monica find important. She has been instrumental in the strategic promotion the Santa Monica destination to international markets including Spain, Australia, England, France and Ireland. Avol is a member of the Site International as well as committee chair of the Emerging Leaders for the Site Southern California Chapter.

Congratulations Hannah and Heal the Bay!

22 Jun  

Santa Monica Kicks Off Summer with New Visitors Guide & “Santa Monica PIN-spiration” Contest

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) has announced the release of the 2012-2013 Santa Monica Official Visitors Guide-a free publication containing valuable information on what to see and do in California’s quintessential beach city.  Produced annually by Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau and their publisher, Striker Media Group, the comprehensive guide offers the latest information on area attractions, recreation, overnight accommodations, shopping, dining, cultural experiences, travel tips and a street map.  This year’s edition also features local perspectives from key community members, inviting visitors to embrace the city’s chic beach lifestyle.

“With near-perfect weather, endless outdoor activities and streets that welcome pedestrians and bicyclists, its easy for visitors to get fully immersed in the Santa Monica lifestyle and feel like a local when they are exploring our destination,” said SMCVB President/CEO Misti Kerns, CDME, CMP. “Our goal was to create a resource for both residents and visitors alike.  Whether you are planning a day at the beach or a full summer vacation, this guide can help you create a full and rich itinerary.”

Santa Monica fans can now get a sense of the destination’s lifestyle on Pinterest, the hugely popular social bookmarking site that lets users collect and share things they like on the web.  Santa Monica’s Pinterest page features pin-worthy boards that highlight dining, arts and culture as well as summer essentials.

To kick off Santa Monica’s Pinterest page and celebrate the release of the 2012-2013 Santa Monica Official Visitors Guide, fans of the destination are invited to pin their “Santa Monica PIN-spirations” for a chance to win a 3-night stay at the luxurious beachfront Hotel Casa del Mar along with a beach tote bag filled with gift certificates for Santa Monica’s attractions, shopping and dining. Fans can enter by doing the following:

  • Follow the Official Santa Monica Pinterest page
  • Create a new Pinterest board titled “My Santa Monica PIN-spirations” under the category “Travel & Places” with 10 pins that showcase the Santa Monica lifestyle
  • The board MUST contain 3 pins from any of the Official Santa Monica Pinterest boards OR the Santa Monica destination website,  Photos pinned to your contest entry board must contain the hashtag #SMpinspiration.

One winner will be selected by SMCVB from one of the top 5 Santa Monica PIN-spiration Pinterest boards with the most repins.  For more information on the contest and to view the entry form, visit

Anyone can request a free copy of the 2012-2013 Santa Monica Official Visitors Guide by calling (800) 544-5319 or view an electronic version in page-turner format at The guide will also be prominently displayed at Santa Monica’s four Visitor Information Centers along with maps, tickets to area attractions and Santa Monica souvenirs.

15 Jun  

Santa Monica Kicks off Summer with Father’s Day Deals for Dad

Celebrating Dad in Santa Monica

Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day with a trip to the beach, Santa Monica Beach that is! From a relaxing day to a weekend of activities, dear ol’ dad is sure to enjoy his time in the city by the sea.

As an added incentive, participating Santa Monica businesses are planning to pamper dad with Father’s Day-inspired special offers just for him (and you too!), including:

Check out a complete list of Father’s Day deals in Santa Monica or browse the Santa Monica Events Calendar for more weekend fun.


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