August 22nd, 2017


Dogs are, without a doubt, one of the best creations in the universe. Their adorable-ness knows no limits. They’re incredibly loyal, and they’re the perfect blend of smart and hilarious. In other words, they’re the perfect BFFs — and if anybody deserves a holiday celebrating their innate greatness, it’s them. Well guess what? This Saturday, August 26th is National Dog Day and that means it’s our duty in Marina del Rey to honor the canine kingdom and give thanks for every wag, lick and smile they give us.

Since we’re smack dab in the middle of such a wonderfully dog-friendly area, there are a ton of ways to celebrate your pooch in and around the Marina. Take a peek at some of our favorite ideas and get ready to treat your best buddy to a day out on the town. (If you’re wanting a dog and haven’t found your soul mate yet, scroll down to the bottom to see some great adoption options in the area. Your future BFF is out there!)



August 1st, 2017


It’s National Picnic Month, Marina del Rey! August is here and summer is in its prime, which means it’s the perfect time to honor this great, outdoor tradition. We have so many awesome spots to picnic in and around town, like Burton Chace Park, Mother’s Beach, Del Rey Lagoon, Santa Monica’s Palisades Park or even Venice Beach (with its endless entertainment!). Heck, if you live at one of the Marina’s gorgeous waterfront communities, you can even picnic poolside (just remember, no glass containers)!

So, there are your can’t-go-wrong picnic setting considerations. But how about the picnic itself? Are you going to pack some PB&J and call it a day? Or opt for something a little more decadent from one of the irresistible carryout dining destinations nearby? If you prefer the latter (aka: the easy route), we have some ideas to help you out. Here are five of the best picnic-satisfying restaurants to try for your National Picnic Month outing. Cheers!

Esprit Marina

July 21st, 2017

Flashing Back to 4th of July: Epic Party Fun at Esprit in Marina del Rey

You know you had a stellar party when weeks go by, and people are still buzzing about the fun. That’s the exact story of Esprit’s private Fourth of July event earlier this month — it was epic and shenanigan-inspired nostalgia is already setting in. So, we thought we’d push some envy buttons, share the details and give everyone a glimpse into what makes waterfront communities like Esprit so darn cool.

Ready for this? We had 650 residents, boaters and guests attend the outdoor shindig, which was right out in front of the main channel on the Marina waterfront. Yes, perfect setting, we know.

Esprit outdoors

The sinfully good Earle’s on Crenshaw catered the event, providing masterfully prepared July 4th standards like hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato and macaroni salads, fresh fruit and more.


July 5th, 2017


Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey really is the place to be this summer! A lot of us just wrapped up an epic 4th of July celebration there, and starting this weekend, the park will be the site of the spectacular Marina Movie Nights. If you’ve never indulged, you’re missing out. It’s by far one of the best summer to-dos in the area — especially for families looking for a great, low-key, outdoor weekend outing.

Batman Movie

So, this Saturday, July 8, will mark the season’s very first movie —The Lego Batman Movie, which will be lighting up the gigantic park screen (with that beautiful harbor of ours in the background) at 8 pm sharp. This is definitely a fun one for all ages, with characters voiced by the likes of Will Arnett (Batman), Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Bat Girl), Conan O’Brien (The Riddler) and – Apple’s “Siri” in its first big screen role!


June 20th, 2017

5 Ways to Kick Off an Epic Summer in Marina del Rey

Happy First Day of Summer! The season of the sun is officially upon us and it’s time to get a handle on all of the epic summer fun in store for us in Marina del Rey. Concerts, picnics, pool parties, harbor cruises — it’s all happening. And we don’t want to miss a moment of it. Ready to start scheduling? Here’s what’s on the agenda (so far).

Summer Concert Series at Burton Chace Park 

Symphonic Thursdays and Pop Saturdays start rocking our world in just a couple weeks and there are some great names on the lineup. For classical music lovers, the Marina del Rey Symphony will perform starting July 6 with special soloists and guests that will seriously dazzle. Plus, Glee superstar and amazing performer Matthew Morrison will be hitting the Symphonic stage on August 3 — so definitely mark that date in your calendar. As far as Pop Saturdays go – Grammy award-winning R&B artist Joe will kick off the season on July 15th, followed by the great Alejandro Escovedo on July 29th, Indie legends Yo La Tengo on August 12 and Jazz master Arturo Sandoval on August 26th.