Special Events in Santa Monica

Whale of a Weekend
Experience the annual migration of the Pacific Gray Whale when you attend the Whale of a Weekend event at the Santa Monica Pier. Held every February, the Whale of a Weekend includes an observation station with field guides and binoculars as well as access to representatives from the American Cetacean Society who can answer any questions you might have about the Whales.

Earth Month Celebration
Enjoy the Earth Month Celebration at the Santa Monica Aquarium each April. The Celebration includes a week-long festival with activities for all age groups. The festival also includes activities such as craft projects, scavenger hunts, story times, face painting and more. The festival also includes opportunities for attendees to help with cleanup of the local coastline.

Ocean Appreciation Celebration
Help celebrate the local ocean environment at the Santa Monica Pier when you attend the Ocean Appreciation Celebration held in July. The Celebration includes many exciting activities like educational presentations, hobbies and craft activities, games, guest speakers and more. There are also marine specialists on-site at the aquarium that can provide information about the local sealife and the exhibits within the aquarium. The celebration also includes art exhibits and fun facts about the local area and aquarium.

Halloween & Dia de los Muertos Weekend
Enjoy Halloween and the Dia de los Muertas Weekend at the Santa Monica Pier. The Fishy Fest Celebration includes many special events such as a costumed photo booth, a marine animal graveyard, Dia de los Muertos crafts, presentations by naturalists and much more. The celebration takes place every October and also includes many family-friendly events and activities as well as exhibits and displays at the local aquarium. There are also activities like shark feeding, glow-in-the-dark science labs, tide pool animal exhibits, Dia de los Muertos altars and more for you to enjoy.

Front Porch Cinema at the Santa Monica Pier
Experience a unique way to see a movie when you attend the Front Porch Cinema event at the Santa Monica Pier. The Cinema is free to the public and includes a number of popular movies as well as food carts. The movies are shown on a 40-foot screen with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and attendees are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs. The Front Porch Cinema also includes music played by DJ’s prior to the start of the movie as well as interactive booths for you to enjoy.