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LA ports sizzling summer Haven’t nailed down those summer plans yet? No need to worry.

From Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, the Port of Los Angeles and its community partners offer a full slate of new and returning events on the LA Waterfront. This summer’s calendar of events has something for just about everyone.

The summer season kicks off with several returning crowd-favorite signature events, including LA Fleet Week® over Memorial Day Weekend, the Cars & Stripes Forever!® classic car show in late June, and the John Olguin Fireworks Spectacular July 4th at Cabrillo Beach. Promising even more fun under the sun and the stars are new additions this year, such as the San Pedro Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Cabrillo Marina, the global SailGP boat racing circuit coming to the Port in July, and Insomniac’s Interstellar Experience.

Below is the 411 on events coming to the LA Waterfront this summer.

This annual celebration of our nation’s Sea Services features free public ship tours, live entertainment, aerial flyovers, a Fleet Week EXPO at Battleship IOWA with military equipment displays, multiple veteran and military information booths, as well as other family-focused activities. While there, climb aboard one of the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s Tall Ships in the Downtown Harbor, take a sunset tall ship cruise, and stop by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum for a deeper dive into our harbor’s nautical history.

LA Fleet Week will officially kick off with the Downtown San Pedro Welcome Party for our visiting service members on May 25 from 5-9 p.m. The Welcome Party will feature live music, food and drinks for purchase and great downtown restaurants to enjoy with friends and family. Select restaurants and bars will also be offering LA Fleet Week discounts throughout the weekend. Check out all LA Fleet Week 2023 activities at LAFleetWeek.com.

“On pointe” for June is the debut of the San Pedro City Ballet’s Swan Lake free performance under the stars at Cabrillo Marina’s Berth 37 at 8 p.m. The beautiful 400-seat performance space will provide heaters, but guests are encouraged to bring a wrap, blanket and a seat cushion if desired. The San Pedro City Ballet website has all the details.

Ciao! It’s time to run the second annual Italy 5K Run LA. The fun run starts and finishes at Harbor Blvd. at 7th Street in downtown San Pedro. Register for the race in advance, arrive 45-60 minutes prior to the 8 a.m. start time on race day, and plan to attend the post-race "festa" immediately following the Italy Run LA in the Piazza located at 638 S. Beacon Street in San Pedro.

Something’s likely to be fishy at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium's “Meet the Grunion” events on June 5 and 19. Grab your flashlight and your jacket and head to the aquarium’s John Olguin Auditorium to watch a short educational film about Grunion at 8 p.m. Next, walk over to the beach for a guided observation where these curious silvery fish will wriggle ashore and blanket the beach under the moonlight before riding the tide back out to sea.

San Pedro Pride returns to the LA Waterfront with a line-up of new and exciting festivities, including a drag brunch at noon and a 2 p.m. flag-raising ceremony at the LA Maritime Museum. Come show your support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Hop over to Brouwerij West on Father's Day, Sunday June 18, for the kickoff of their infamous Popfuji summer music series. This family and dog friendly favorite local gathering spot promises to keep your calendar and your glass full all summer long with an impressive line-up of brews and bands. While you are there, treat your inner artist with a visit to CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, where you can create your own art and browse through more than 45 artisan workspaces.

The Port of Los Angeles will host the Juneteenth fireworks spectacular at Cabrillo Beach on the evening of June 19th to honor and acknowledge emancipation of African American slaves in the U.S. on this date in 1865.

Jump-start Independence Day this year by attending the 13th Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! classic car show, which will feature nearly 100 pre-1975-era exotic cars and motorcycles. This Port-sponsored event will be held from 6-10 p.m. at Harbor Boulevard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge. Come for the cars and stay for the live bands, gourmet food trucks and beer garden. Don’t miss the fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

This long-standing fireworks tradition will light up the sky over Cabrillo Beach at 9:15 p.m. Bring beach chairs and blankets and enjoy this free evening celebrating Independence Day. The event is co-sponsored by the Cabrillo Beach Boosters and the Port of Los Angeles.

It’s all hands on deck this summer for the ”Formula One” of sailing events coming to the Port of Los Angeles’ Outer Harbor. For the first time in Los Angeles, SailGP will host global elite sailing teams and athletes for this exciting, high-speed sail racing event, which will also include an action-packed entertainment line-up. Find out more on the SailGP website.

In the name of music, art, imagination and positivity, Insomniac invites you on an Interstellar Experience at their two-day music festival in the Port of LA’s Outer Harbor, Berth 46, Sat. Aug. 19 and Sun. Aug. 20 starting at noon each day. Concert goers must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and attend this transformative music experience.

End your summer with a photo finish at the 14th annual Conquer the Bridge foot race on Labor Day Monday, September 4. Join thousands of fellow walkers and runners on the 5.3 mile course which starts at 7 a.m. at the intersection of 5th and Harbor Blvd. in San Pedro and heads up and over the historic Vincent Thomas Bridge and back. Register in advance, tell your friends and get ready to Conquer the Bridge.

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