Summer concerts, swing dancing, farmer’s markets and food tours, oh my! Here’s your summer weekend to-do list for July 29-31, 2011. Enjoy yet another Marina del Rey weekend.
FRIDAY, JULY 29
1. House Music at Glow Bar
2. Swing Dancing at Rusty’s
The Brown Derby might be closed, but there’s always swing dancing at Rusty’s in Playa del Rey (Rusty’s is held at the Elks Lodge.) You’ll have you need for a night out in full swing: 2,300 square foot dance floor, bar and lounge, air conditioning and it’s not far from your own pad. Tickets cost $15 at the door, or you can buy them online.
Here’s your Marina del Rey summer weekend to-do list for July 24-26, 2011. The weather is expected to stay in the mid-70s all weekend long…make sure to venture outdoors and enjoy!
FRIDAY, JULY 24
1. Round-Trip Ferry Transportation to Catalina Island
Remember how we mentioned boating over to Catalina Island for a day? Well, this is the perfect weekend to make it happen. Goldstar is offering a half-off specials ($44.50) for several Marina del Rey Flyer trips, starting Wednesday, July 20 through Thursday, July 28. Unfortunately this Friday is already sold out, which makes it not exactly a weekend thing…but it’s a good excuse to play hookie next week, no? You’ll be able to sail back and forth between Fisherman’s Village and the island for a quick getaway complete with scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, golf, shopping or gallery-hopping. Sign us up!
2. Movie in the Moonlight at Playa Vista
“Back to the Future” is playing in nearby Playa Vista. Make sure to bring low chairs, blankets and plenty of cash for the gourmet food trucks. Admission is free.
Now that you’ve survived Carmageddon (although it was more like “Carvana,” thanks to all the drivers who stayed home over the weekend), you’re unfortunately back to the daily Carmageddon on the 405. Why not give yourself a break from the chaos of traffic by escaping to a place where artists overtake the streets, bars, hotels and the occasional abandoned building? No, we’re not talking about the Downtown Art Walk. Luckily for you, the Westside has its own version every third Thursday night: Venice Art Crawl.
Now that we’re officially in the throes of summer, we want to kick off our “Summer Weekend To-Do List” series. It’s basically a brief overview of events and activities happening each weekend so you can enjoy your summer in true “MDR” fashion. Without further adieu, here is your “Carmageddon” weekend lineup for July 15-17. After all, what more reason do you need to stay in your local hood than a weekend-long closure of one of L.A.’s busiest freeways?
1. Shore Fishing on Dockweiler Beach
Let’s face it: the art of shore fishing is probably not in most people’s repertoires. But it’s a classic seaside pastime that can be enjoyed by families (and anyone who is awake before 7 a.m. on the weekend). This Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering a free introductory class in shore fishing.* The class is free to the public, and fishing poles and bait will be provided at no cost. Parking is $2. Due to limited availability, interested parties are encouraged to pre-register at (310) 726-4128.
Nothing says “summer” like a free outdoor concert. After all, what could be more free and easy than grabbing a group of friends, packing a picnic and listening to music in the fresh night air? (It’s also a great place to take a date).
If you happen to be lucky enough to live in Marina del Rey, then you’ve got your choice of some amazing outdoor concert venues this summer: Burton W. Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village and Santa Monica Pier. Here’s a quick run-down of what to expect at each venue, along with a few concert schedules: