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Annual Calendar of Events
March through October
Los Angeles County Outdoor Adventures
Los Angeles County sponsors several outdoor explorative and educational programs for adults and children over 10 years of age. Each program is two to three hours long and reservations are required to participate as space is limited. Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors for dates and more information at 310-305-9595 or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.
On select Thursdays join the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors for a birdwatching experience in various sites of the Ballona Wetlands. The outings begin with a brief lecture on avifauna related topics and an overview of the wetlands. The group will then get the opportunity to observe various bird species in the shoreline and vegetation habitats. Small children who do not require a car seat or stroller are welcome to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. Times vary and the group meets at the Burton Chace Park Community Room (13650 Mindanao Way) before embarking on the tour. Both the tour and parking are free. Call 310-305-9596 for reservations and visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov for more information.
On select Saturdays, the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors provides basic kayaking instruction and exploration in the Marina harbor. Outings begin with kayaking lessons and water safety. The group will then practice and enjoy paddling through the Marinas basins. Kayaking is open to adults and children 10 years of age and up. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak. The cost is $25-$30 per person and groups meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Burton Chace Park Boathouse. Parking is free. Call 310-305-9587 for reservations and visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov for more information.
On select Saturdays, this outing takes participants kayaking through the Marina del Rey harbor and out to the North Jetty where they will surf the waves aboard sit-on-top kayaks. Instruction is provided by L.A. County lifeguards and participants must be approved by instructors to register. The cost is $25-$30 per person and groups meet at 8 a.m. at the Burton Chace Park Boathouse. Parking is free. Call 310-305-9587 for reservations and visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov or more information.
April or May
A yearly event since 1974, this annual contest has become the largest fishing tournament in Southern California. Its also the last 100% non-profit tournament on the west coast. The event has attracted almost a thousand participants and over 300 boats every year and entrants have come from as far as Northern California, Arizona and Nevada. Prizes are awarded for catching the biggest fish with rod and reel and fishing starts at sunrise. It is scheduled annually EITHER in April or in May depending on the health of the species. Watch the public weigh-ins Saturday in Burton W. Chace Park at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit marinadelreyhalibutderby.com or mdranglers.com for more information or call 310-827-4855.
This ever-growing in water boat show, now called "Marina Fest," features hundreds of the newest and largest recreational boats, from million-dollar yachts, incredible sailboats and personal watercraft to marine accessories. Lasting for four days, usually the third weekend in May, the show takes place in Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way. Admission for adults is $10 per person, children under 12 are free. Call 949-757-5959 for more information and exact dates.
Enjoy ogling Porsches of all kinds on display at this annual day-long car show in Burton W. Chace Park. Admission is free. Call 818-888-7224 or visit pcala.com for more information.
Marina del Rey Fourth of July Fireworks Show Back in 2012!
Since the mid-nineties, the Department of Beaches & Harbors has been honored to produce the Marina del Rey Fourth of July Fireworks Show, and after taking a hiatus last year, the show is back for 2012! The fireworks are shot from a barge in the Marina's main channel for a spectacular display reflected in the harbor. Burton W. Chace Park and Fisherman's Village are popular viewing spots, but any water view seat is a good one! Fireworks will start at 9 p.m, but many spectators visit Marina del Rey much earlier to enjoy the day at the park and to secure parking, which becomes limited. For parking and other information, please call 310-305-9545 or visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.
Old Fashion Day in the Park
A unique, free event, Old Fashion Day in the Park at Burton W. Chace Park features vintage yachts, and antique and classic cars and motorcycles. Watch ship models and modelers do their work or take a free ride in the harbor aboard a steam engine yacht. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Old Fashion Day in the Park is typically held the third or final week of July and in 2011 will be on Sunday, July 24th. Call 310-305-9545 for any updates or go to VisitMarina.com for more information.
Marina del Rey Summer Concerts in the Park Performances
Summer 2012 Schedule
Symphonic Thursdays - 7 to 9 PM
Marina del Rey Summer
7/12: Opera at the Shore
7/26: "Looking To England" - Rich Caparella, Narator
8/09: "Remembering France" - Christina & Michelle Naughton, Duo Piano
8/23: "Russians There and Here" - Lindsay Deutsch, Violin
Pop Saturdays - 7 to 9 PM
7/21: Shelby Lynn - Lisa Loeb
8/04: Arturo Sandoval
9/01: Evelyn "Champagne" King
All of the Summer 2012 Concerts in the Park are presented at no charge and are FREE TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis for each of the concerts. All concerts start promptly at 7:00 pm, so be sure to arrive at the Park much earlier to ensure you get seating prior to the start of each concert. There is a CHARGE FOR PARKING at the official parking facilities located on Mindanao on the way towards the entrance to Burton W. Chase Park. County Parking Lots #4, #5, and #77 are available for Concert in the Park parking and the parking fee is typically $8 to $10 during the Summer (CASH ONLY on concert dates) but varies depending on the date and time and is posted at the entrance to each of the three lots. There is also a FREE BEACH SHUTTLE on Concert in the Park nights, and for more information on the schedules and locations for the Beach Shuttle, go to marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.
October Discover Marina del Rey Day
Traditionally the first Sunday in October, Burton W. Chace Park is the site for a celebration of Marina del Rey, known as Discover Marina del Rey Day, and this year it will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy live music, food and drinks, community booths, sailboat races, childrens story times, and U.S. Coast Guard, L.A. County Fire and Lifeguard demonstrations. Childrens inflatable activities and games are $5 each. Admission is always free to the Discover Marina del Rey Day, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chace Park located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA. For updates, please call 310-305-9545 or visit the web site at labeaches.info for more information.
Usually held the first Saturday evening in December. Festively decorated boats illuminate the main channel in one of the Marina's most visually exciting events. A preview Boat Parade takes place the Friday evening before the main event. Saturdays main parade is preceded by a short fireworks display in the Main Channel at 5:55 p.m. The best viewing of the parade is at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village. Call 310-670-7130 or visit mdrboatparade.org for details.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Display by the Water
Held on New Year's Eve, the Fireworks Display by the Water is always a spectacular event to bring in the New Year at this spectacular setting.
Organizations Holding Events in the Park
Human Powered Vehicle Association - Los Angeles/Orange County
Los Angeles Recumbent Riders (LARRs)
Meet on third Sunday of every month at Burton Chace Park, at the West end of Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey. Drop in any time between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., then join us on a short but fun ride on the beach bike path to Hermosa Beach for lunch and lively discussions about the past, present, and future of recumbency. For more information, contact Gerry Pease, email@example.com, (310)379-6663.
For more visitor information, including recommendations specific to your situation, contact the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau at 310-305-9545. For group information and travel trade, call 310-306-9900. More information is also available on line at VisitMarina.com or via email at info@VisitMarina.com, or stop by the Marina del Rey Visitor Information Center, 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
Marina del Rey Day 2012
Burton W. Chace
Hours - Daily 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292
Phone: (310) 305-9595
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