Take on the summer and fall seasons with this active calendar of local events.
4th of July 5k Run/Walk
Saturday 8 to 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.
51st Annual Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament
8 a.m. to 8 p.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 Park and Mira Costa High School with open division men’s and women’s finals concluding at the Manhattan Country Club.
International Surf Festival
Held in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach
Kicking off with the L.A. County Lifeguard Championships on Friday night, this year’s surf fest is sure to be fun for all ages. There will be pier-to-pier races, bodysurfing and plenty of youth events.
AVP Manhattan Beach Open
Manhattan Beach Pier
The Manhattan Beach Open happens every year, and every year four athletes get to place their name in history. This tournament is known as the Super Bowl of beach volleyball—big stage, big money and big reward as AVP stars enshrine their name on the Manhattan Beach Pier. The second tournament of the 2018 Gold Series, this is the biggest field of the season: matches on nine courts, immortalized winner.
10th Annual Kids Extreme
7:30 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 family division, are encouraged to participate.
Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race
6 a.m., 100 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Celebrating 40 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.”
Seaside Yoga Gathering
Celebrate National Yoga Month at Los Angeles’ largest yoga gathering on a beautiful bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
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.
It’s hard not to smile when Liz is in the room.
She sparks a natural candescence with each distinctive laugh or clever observation. Pointing out an uneaten cupcake on her table at a photo shoot, she sweetly confides picking it out as a potential prop, inspiring this writer to pick up one for himself.