Take on the summer and fall seasons with this active calendar of local events.
4th Of July 5k Run/Walk
Saturday 8–11 a.m., Riviera Village, Redondo Beach
Before the notorious Independence Day crowd descends upon the South Bay, treat yourself to a healthy run (or walk) accompanied by panoramic ocean views. Bring the kiddos for the anticipated “Firecracker Dash” also hosted by local athletic store Village Runner.
49th Annual Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament
Thursday (9 a.m.) thru Sunday (10 a.m.)
Ages 16 and up will play their hearts out in this single elimination, best two of three sets tournament. Catch all the action at Live Oak Tennis Facility with open division men’s and women’s finals concluding at the Manhattan Country Club.
AVP Manhattan Beach Open
Manhattan Beach, south side of pier
Who will be etched into the Volleyball Walk of Fame? Snag some golden sand on the south side of the pier this weekend to find out. The AVP tour’s fresh new faces will compete against Olympic medalists in the sport’s longest running tournament.
International Surf Festival
Held in Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo Beach
Kicking off with the LA County Lifeguard Championships on Friday night, this year’s surf fest is sure to be fun for all ages. There’s pier-to-pier races, bodysurfing and even a sand castle design contest!
7th Annual Kids Extreme
9 a.m., Begg Pool, 1402 N. Peck Avenue in Manhattan Beach
Your little ones will enjoy going over, under, and through various muddy obstacles in this fun and challenging course. Ages 5 to 15, including a parents division, are encouraged to participate.
Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race
6 a.m., 100 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Celebrating 41 years, the historic 32-mile marathon, which begins at the Isthmus and ends at the Manhattan Beach Pier, attracts paddlers from all over the world and is known as the Granddaddy of all Paddleboard Races.
Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by Heal The Bay
9 a.m. to Noon
Protect what you love with Heal The Bay’s “Nothin’ But Sand” monthly coastal cleanups, a great opportunity to get involved in your community and really make a difference.
Hot Ballroom Night
7-9:30 p.m., Hermosa Beach Community Center
In a format similar to the famous Dancing With The Stars television program, local celebrities will be paired with professional dancers to win money for their selected charity. Dance judges, some from Dancing With the Stars, will critique the dances and give the scores. It will be an evening full of excitement and great dancing by professional and amateur dancers.
Seaside Yoga Gathering
4:30 p.m., Terranea Resort
Celebrate National Yoga Month at Los Angeles’ largest yoga gathering on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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Manhattan Beach 10k & Hometown Fair
7:30 a.m. race start, followed by activities
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of ascending that final hill on Rosecrans, seeing the refreshing blue ocean in the distance, and turning along The Strand for that final stretch toward the finish line. Don’t miss out on the year’s most anticipated weekend, complete with games, music, tons of food booths, and the infamous wine and beer garden—just in case you’re still feeling parched from your run.
SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk
8 a.m., Manhattan Beach Pier
This awe-inspiring event brings together all walks of life for the common purpose of supporting children with special needs and education. The walk is produced by SKECHERS USA and co-produced by The Friendship Circle
There may be no parade down Hermosa Avenue, but South Bay’s gay and lesbian residents wouldn’t trade their beach home for anything.
So what is it like being gay in the South Bay? Not as different as you might you think.