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Community Events



Free community events are offered year-round. Photos of recent events are below.
We will post upcoming events here as soon as they are announced.
For cultural events, see Cultural Programs, Events & Tours>  


Community Picnic

Thursday, July 23, 6pm-8:30pm

Join us for our 3rd Annual Community Picnic! Pack a dinner. Grab the kids. Rally your friends. Join us at the Beach House for an evening of good old-fashioned summertime fun. Gather in the courtyard and dine al fresco with your BYO picnic. We'll have ping-pong, hula hoops, another epic tug-of-war, and new this summer -- slackline! We'll have a craft project and Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will host story time for ages 2-5 years (with parent/guardian in attendance) plus some surprise fun for all! 
Reminder: No glass, alcohol or bbq/lighting fires. Parking $3/hour or $12/day

2nd Annual Community Picnic Photos


Cardboard Yacht Regatta

Saturday, August 29, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Our 4th Annual Regatta! Teams of two construct yachts from corrugated cardboard and duct tape and vie for awards in a variety of categories. Registration is $15 per team. Anyone can watch and cheer on the yachts!

Adult/Adult Category Register Here!

Adult/Child Category Register Here!

Child/Child Category Register Here!

3rd Annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta Photos

All photos taken by Jason Abraham. 

Annual Events: 

Connect with your inner naturalist and join us for Beach Walks with the Santa Monica & Los Angeles Audubon Societies, a Beach House winter tradition.  Beach Walks are free, reservations are required.  Comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Beach Walk & Sketch

Beach Walk & Sketch
Love the beach? Have an eye for detail? Bring your sense of adventure and take to the sands to walk and sketch the natural wonders of Santa Monica State Beach.  Binoculars, drawing boards and newsprint will be provided, or bring your own easy to carry sketching tools. 

Snowy Plover Beach Ecology Walk
Looking for a new holiday tradition? Explore the habitat and life cycles of the federally threatened snowy plover, a small white bird that makes Santa Monica and surrounding beach cities its home this time of year. Binoculars will be provided, or bring your own!  

Family Field Trip Beach Walk
Sign your permission slip for fun! We'll head to the beach to explore slimy seaweed, sand crabs, beach hoppers, gulls, snowy plovers and grebes! Recommended for ages 5 and up, with parent or guardian in attendance. Binoculars and field guides will be available for extra fun. 


You're invited to a winter tradition at the Beach House! Happy Birthday Marion! pays tribute to the original Beach House resident, Marion Davies; actress, philanthropist, famed party host, and mistress of media tycoon WIlliam Randolph Hearst. Join the Santa Monica Conservancy and celebrate with vintage panache at Davies' 1928 Julia Morgan designed Guest House.
Event schedule will include a screening of the 1928 film Show People, music from the 20s & 30s by Janet Klein, and a birthday toast!  Check back in December for more information and reservations.