Sept. 22, 2022

Outdoor movie night on the lawn, MDR


Outdoor Movie Night on the Lawn




Movie Night in MdR




















Summer may be over but that does not mean autumn 
doesn’t welcome a number of outdoor events or activities here in MDR. The Jamaica Bay Inn hosts free family friendly movies on the lawn every Sunday, seating starts at 7pm and the movie begins at dusk. These movie nights will take place on the beachfront lawn of the Jamaica Bay Inn all the way through December and tickets are not required. Seating is first come first serve and they encourage you to bring your low lawn chairs, pillows, blankets and anything else you need to get comfy on the lawn, warm food and drinks will be available for sale. 


This last Sunday in September they will be showing The Mitchell’s vs. The Machines. Each month has a holiday inspired theme, therefore it comes as no surprise that the month of October the lineup consists of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of DumbledoreCorpse BrideCasperHalloweentown, and Hocus Pocus. All throughout November and December you can expect Christmas movies such as Nightmare Before ChristmasA Christmas StoryElf and so many more classic holiday films. 


Going out to the Jamaica Bay Inn’s beachfront lawn to watch a movie with friends or family is a great way to end a weekend in Marina del Rey! Remember to dress appropriately for the cool evenings and don’t forget a blanket for extra warmth and comfort. For more information on the schedule of dates and movies being shown or directions of how to get there, check the link below.

Sept. 14, 2022

L.A. Times Food Bowl



L.A. Times Food Bowl


It is no secret that we here at Silicon Beach Homes are big foodies and we’re always sharing our favorite places to dine in or take out. It goes without saying that we were delighted to find out that the L.A. Times will be hosting a month of events celebrating LA’s diverse food scene. As we have mentioned before, LA offers an enormous variety of different cuisines for all paletes. During the month of September you can expect everything from a night market food festival to pop ups to chef collaborations and even a food bike tour of DTLA. 


The night market is scheduled for the weekend of the 23rd to the 25th at Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures Studio and tickets are required. The tickets range in value depending on whether you will be assisting a single day or the whole weekend. Once inside, you can expect all inclusive food and drink tasting, cooking demonstrations, seminars and more. The theme of the first night, Friday the 23rd is “Smoked Soirée.” This elevated bbq will bring together top chefs to provide you with their best dishes, smoke infused cocktails and grilled desserts. The following night will be “Saturday Night Flavor” so be ready to taste the flavors of the world. From Thai to Ethiopian food, be prepared to indulge in cuisines from all around the globe. The final day is titled “Backlot Brunch” where they claim you will eat your way through the city enjoying pizza, tequila and so much more. 


Although the festival will take place on the last weekend of the month, there are events for you to check out every single evening this month! For more information on the calendar check the link below.


Sept. 7, 2022

Stay Cool inside LA’s Oldest Family Run Arcades


Stay Cool inside LA’s Oldest Family Run Arcades 


Living in California has many pros but unfortunately, the heat waves are definitely making it into the cons list. However, a pro of living in the LA area is that we have access to many cool indoor places to keep out of the heat, and some of these places are arcades. Arcades are a dying breed so now more than ever is it important to support them and enjoy what they have to offer. We will be sharing a few of our favorites in the LA area so you can get your arcade fix. 


If you’re looking to be transported back into time and get a good nostalgic feeling going, we recommend you visit Family Arcade LA. This place is guaranteed to take you back into time with their pinball machines that are decades old as well as the whole ambiance of the arcade. The business started up in 1971, renting and selling arcade games, in 2019 a fire struck and they had to rebuild the arcade, shortly after, just like the rest of small businesses, they were forced to close during the pandemic. They reopened just last year and they are open everyday from 8:30am - 1:30pm. If you find yourself needing a way to stay cool during this heat, we definitely recommend you check out this family owned arcade that holds on to a little piece of the past! 


Another one of our favorites is Playland Arcade which is located right on the Santa Monica Pier. This arcade dates back to 1950, opened by two brothers and today the arcade is run by the fourth generation of the Gordon family. Not only is it the longest family-run business on the pier but it also continues to be one of the most popular ones. Throughout the years it has been a fun backdrop for many shows and movies such as Forrest Gump, Ironman and more. Playland Arcade is famous for their shooting gallery, air hockey and classics such as Pac-Man and Galaga. They are open everyday from 9am - 10pm in the summer. 


Whether you are looking to try something new or you’re an avid lover of arcade games we recommend you check them out! 


For more information on these arcades check the links below:



Sept. 1, 2022

Marina del Rey Farmers Market



Marina del Rey Farmers Market


As you may have already noticed, we here at Silicon Beach Homes are all about supporting local businesses. Whether it's local restaurants, experiences or shops, there's nothing better than supporting local businesses and that's why we’re going to share with you all the local goods you can get at the local Farmers Market. Not only is it great to support local vendors but it's also a great way to consume foods that are in season ensuring you are receiving the best quality there is. 


The Marina del Rey Farmers Market takes place every Saturday from 9am-2pm at 14101 Panay Way and you can expect them to be there rain or shine. 


A recent addition to the lineup of amazing goods you can get at the farmers market is fresh truffles. Monaco Truffle Co. is offering a wide variety of truffles and truffle infused products like oils, butter, sauces, salt, and more. A few of our personal favorites are Radicle Roots and Fisherman's Catch. Radicle Roots is a woman owned urban farm who specializes in microgreens. If you’re unfamiliar with microgreens and microherbs, we recommend you check them out to learn about this nutritious and health benefit filled must have of ours. 


Another favorite of ours is Fisherman’s catch for all of our fresh seafood needs such as tuna, salmon and more. The best part of all this is you can shop for your weekly grocery needs and at the same time you can also enjoy some ready to eat snacks like smoothies, pastries and other amazing street foods from featured vendors.


Although this is just a glimpse of what you can find at the farmers market, we hope it was enough to get you out there this weekend supporting our local vendors. For more information on the farmers market, check out the link below.


Aug. 25, 2022

Food Trucks at Mother's Beach

Food Truck Thursdays at Mother’s Beach


Food is big here in Los Angeles, it's a great way to share and express the different cultures and cuisines that surround us. Lucky for us, Marina del Rey offers an evening dedicated to food trucks offering different types of cuisines at Marina del Rey’s Mother’s Beach. Each Thursday, up until October 27th, you can expect to be surprised with a number of different trucks all catering to different tastes. The food trucks set up at parking lot 11 at 14101 Panay Way from 5pm to 9pm. Leashed dogs are more than welcome and you’re encouraged to take a blanket and set up for a beach picnic while you're there. This is a great way to not only support local but also a great way to taste test the different flavors the evening has to offer. 


The first week of September you can expect some great options on the menu. Stopbye cafe, who is rated a preferred vendor by BeachEats will be there cooking up some great noodle dishes as well as serving their iconic thai iced tea. Maravilla Latin Cuisine will be there to satisfy your latin food needs with a huge variety of tasty foods on the menu, you can pick up anything from empanadas to tacos to picadillo. Of course you can’t miss dessert! That’s why Scooter’s Italian Ice will be there serving up Italian ice, sundaes, churros, donuts and so much more. So whether you are looking for sweet or savory you are sure to find something to satisfy your needs at the weekly BeachEats. For the full menu make sure to check out the website linked here

Aug. 18, 2022

10th Annual BRA Run



10th Annual BRA Run 



It's that time of the year! The 10th annual BRA Run in Playa del Rey will be taking place Sunday, August 28th starting at 8am. The BRA Run is an event created by Evelyn’s BFF in order to raise funds for women seeking breast reconstruction surgery after fighting breast cancer. Unfortunately, many insurances don’t cover breast reconstruction for many women as they consider it to be “cosmetic.” The BRA Run raises money to help local women who wish to undergo breast reconstruction to do so without having to worry about the financial burden. Evelyn’s BFF not only assists women wanting to undergo breast reconstructions but they also provide counseling and other essential tools usually not covered by insurances.  


Silicon Beach Homes has been a proud sponsor of the BRA Run for the last four years and we have won the belt for the last two years. The belt is awarded to whoever raises the most amount of money and with your help we will be able to once again raise the most for this very special cause. As already mentioned, the race takes place on the last Sunday of the month, both the 5k and 14k start at 8am. There will be costume competitions such as best decorated bra and best dressed team. If you’re unable to attend there will also be a virtual version of the event for you to join. If you would like to donate on behalf of Silicon Beach Homes, you can click on the link below, we appreciate all the love and support for this amazing event!

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Aug. 11, 2022

Parasailing in Marina del Rey




Parasailing in Marina del Rey



Calling all adrenaline junkies! One of the many perks of being near water is the ability to play around with water sports. We previously covered the best spots to SUP and surf and now we’re going to tell you where you can have an unforgettable parasailing experience. Parasailing is considered one of the easiest and safest water sports, in fact, Marina del Rey Parasailing states on their website that if you can sit you can fly! 


Marina del Rey Parasailing is a local company that offers experiences for everyone! You get to choose from a 500 ft or 800 ft parasail ride, their prices range between $105 to $115 per person depending on the package you choose from. You also have the option to add a digital photo packet for $35. Up to three people can go at a time, ages six and up, they have a minimum weight requirement of 160lbs to be met between all participants but not to exceed 450lbs. You take-off and land directly on the boat so you never have to touch the water if you choose not to, they do have an option called the “touch-‘n- go” in which the captain will allow you to get your feet wet. The whole excursion is part boat ride part parasailing so you can expect to be out for anywhere between 75 to 90 minutes. Those who would like to be spectators and just watch from the boat can do so for a $70 fee. They also allow you to make the experience more intimate, whether it be for proposals, wedding or birthday parties you can rent out a private charter for you and your party. 


Now that you have all the basic knowledge make sure you reserve your spot to enjoy an unforgettable experience next to those you love! There is a lot more information on their page regarding reservations and other frequently asked questions: 

Aug. 4, 2022

Charter Yacht Rentals in Marina del Rey



Charter Yacht Rentals in Marina del Rey 

If you’re thinking of amping up a summer party we have just the thing for you! We would like to share with you an amazing local company that offers charter yacht rentals here in Marina del Rey. They cater to events of all types, whether it's a corporate event, an engagement, or a birthday party you can expect a fun and unforgettable experience. Tiki Mermaid blends a traditional boat cruise with a more hip nightclub and lounge, their Polynesian-style venue will enchant all of your guests! 


Tiki Mermaid has two yachts to choose from, you have Tiki Mermaid and Tiki Too, both allow guests to come together on the second story lounge which has some sweet finishing touches such as comfy sofas, lanterns and tropical plants. They have several options as far as dining and drinks go, Tiki Mermaid is the only boat rental in Marina del Rey that allows you to bring your own food if you’d like but they also have several dining options as well as an appetizer package. Their dinner packages offer a huge variety including a fully vegetarian package with vegan options to even including a “Tiki Sunrise” breakfast menu. As for drinks, guests can purchase alcoholic beverages at the bar but an open unlimited bar is also available. 


They hire a highly professional staff to ensure you have an unforgettable and safe experience. They are available all year round for all sorts of events but they will be customized to meet your needs, so whether it's a more formal corporate event or a fun bachelor party, they got you covered! For more information on getting a quote or checking out what they have to offer check out the link below.


July 28, 2022

Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series



Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series 



If you are looking for some fun live entertainment for your summer evenings we have just the thing for you! For the 22nd year, Marina del Rey Concerts is presenting fun and exciting concerts for three more evenings at Burton Chace Park. At these concerts you will either find the Marina del Rey Symphony or a fun band offering a lively performance. 


2022 Summer Dates 

Saturday, July 30 - Las Cafeteras 

Thursday, August 4 - MDR Symphony | A Night Celebrating Music in Film

Saturday, August 27 - Blind Boys of Alabama 


This Saturday, the 30th you can enjoy a fun performance by Las Cafeteras, who are known for their infectious performances and their ability to cross between many genres. You can expect everything from Afro-Mexican beats, to soul to rock and so much more. The first Thursday of August you can expect all your favorite film tunes being performed by the MDR Symphony. On this night, you can expect pieces from West Side Story, James Bond, Sound of Music and so much more! On the last night of this concert series you can enjoy a night of roots music brought to you by the Blind Boys of Alabama. 


The Summer Concert Series is free to attend, all concerts take place at Burton Chace Park, and they start at 7pm. Seating is first come first serve and they recommend you take low-back lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, there will be gourmet food trucks starting at 5pm the nights of the concerts. Although you can arrive at Burton Chace Park on your own we recommend you take the MDR waterbus for just $1! 


For more information on the concert series or the waterbus, click on the links below: 


July 19, 2022

Explore Santa Catalina Island




Explore Santa Catalina Island 



There are eight islands that make up Channel Islands, five of which are a part of the Channel Islands National Park and six of them are open to the public. As if sandy beaches weren’t enough, we have these beautiful islands right off the coast of Southern California. Although there are six different islands to choose from, we’ll be focusing on the beautiful island of Santa Catalina and how you can get there as well as where to stay and what to do.


Santa Catalina is known for its panoramic views, wildlife and laid back European vibe. Lucky for us, we can take a ferry over to Catalina Island from Long Beach! The speedy catamaran will get you there in just about an hour and tickets are around $37. For those wanting a different experience, there is also an express helicopter service which costs about $200 round trip and you will be at the island in 15 minutes. If you happen to be a boat owner you’ll be thrilled to know that Catalina island welcomes SoCal residents and their boats! 


Catalina Island has two towns so you will have several options to choose from as far as hotels go, but you also have the option to camp if you wish to do so. Avalon is one of its two towns which offers a selection of shops and restaurants, the two main hotels here are Pavilion Hotel and Hotel Atwater. Harbors Town is for the outdoor lovers, as this is the island's end that will offer lots of hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and so much more! Lodging options here include historic Banning House Lodge, comfortable camping cabins and more. 


As you can see, there is lots for us to do and explore while visiting Santa Catalina. Whether it's a day trip or an overnight stay at either a coastal hotel or nice cozy campground, you will find yourself in awe of the beauty around you!