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Community Events


To sign up for the Family Field Trip Beach Walk event please click here.

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>  

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 & SketchSnowy Plover Beach Walk

Sunday Dec. 20th 8:30am - 10:00am   

 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!    

To sign up for the Snowy Plover Beach Walk event please click here. 


 Family Field Trip Beach Walk

Sunday Dec. 20th 10:30am - 11:30am  

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.  

To sign up for the Family Field Trip Beach Walk event please click here.

Beach Walk & Sketch

Sunday Jan. 24th 9:00am - 10:30am 

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. 

To sign up for the Beach Walk & Sketch event please click here. 


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.