Oct. 13, 2019

All you need to know about Trick-or-Treating in Silver Strand

If you live in Silicon Beach, then you already know that Silver Strand is the place to be for trick-or-treating. Each year the entire area transforms into a spooky, halloween celebration, complete with witches, ghosts and ghouls. If you don’t know anything about Silver Strand’s Halloween spectacular, then keep on reading as we break down everything you need to know.


About Silver Strand 

The Silver Strand is a coveted area of Marina del Rey that spans only 2 blocks wide and 10 blocks long. Locals have grown to cherish this unique little neighborhood. Accessed from Via Dolce by car and the Light House Bridge by foot this little neighborhood is one of a kind. 


History of Silver Strand Halloween


The Annual Silver Strand Halloween Celebration began 3 decades ago when homes on the Strand were few and far between. Many of the new residents lived too far away from traditional trick or treat sites to take their children to, so they figured out a way to bring the fun to Silver Strand. 


At the request of his young daughter, homeowner John Conner took initiative and decorated his garage as a haunted house — a tradition that other homeowners quickly adopted. 

Eventually the event became the annual extravaganza that it is today, attracting families not only from the Silver Strand, but from adjacent communities as well. 


Why is Silver Strand so Popular?


Apart from the Halloween extravaganza which attracts people from all over, Silver Strand’s popularity stems from the fact that it is a safe place for families and their children to explore and trick or treat. The safety paired with the abundance of things to see and do in the neighborhood in October creates a perfect storm for Halloween. 


When do the festivities begin? 


Each year festivities begin appearing on Halloween night around 5:30pm. The crowd usually begins as a trickle, then a stream and finally a mass of people. The night typically ends around 9:00pm. 


Dress Code?


You can dress spooky or pretty, princess or ghoulish, dead or alive — it doesn’t matter as long as you don’t come as you are! Instead, come as you want to be! 

Oct. 6, 2019

Top 5 Reasons To Visit Los Angeles in the Fall



Los Angeles is gorgeous all year long, but there are definitely some perks of visiting in the Fall as opposed to other seasons! Below is our list of reasons why you should check out LA in the Fall!


1) It’s the perfect temperature

Los Angeles is known for it’s beautiful sunny skies, but it definitely packs on the heat in the summer time. By the time Fall rolls around, the heat begins to subside and we are left with gorgeous, sunny days in the 70’s and 80’s. 


Whether you decide to take a hike or enjoy a day at one of the local amusement parks, you will be thankful that you decided not to come to LA in the dog days of summer.


2) It’s the perfect time of the year to go to the theme parks

There are 2 reasons why the Fall is the perfect time of the year for the local theme parks! First of all, kids are back in school, so the lines at Universal and Disney are much shorter.


Secondly, from mid-September through early November both Universal and Disney are decorated for Halloween. And if you come in after the second week of November, then the parks are both decorated for Christmas! 


Universal Hollywood is also known world-wide for it’s Halloween Horror Nights, where they add terrifying haunted mazes throughout the park. Come for the shorter lines, stay for the scares!


3) It’s the Gray whale migration season

Though many different types of whales swim along the California coastline, the most common are the Gray whale. Gray whales migrate 6,000 miles south every October from their feeding grounds in the Bering Strait to mate and calve in the warm lagoons of Baja, Mexico. This means that if you take a whale watching tour in the Fall you’re far more likely to get a glimpse at these majestic creatures. 


4) Oktoberfest is taken very seriously

There are plenty of Oktoberfest events in Los Angeles, but Alpine Village’s festival is the most talked about. The oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, Alpine Village knows how to celebrate this month-long event. From October 4 through October 27, expect HofBrau beer (imported directly from Munich), pork schnitzel, sausages, German baked goods, and all the Bavarian singing and dancing you could ever want.

Sept. 29, 2019

The Best Halloween Events in Silicon Beach



Halloween is just around the corner, and we have a list of some of the best and spookiest events happening in Silicon Beach and the surrounding Los Angeles area! Check out below for more details. 


Santa Monica Halloween Masquerade

On October 26, head to Senator Jones for on of the most talked about Halloween parties in Santa Monica. 


Grab a mask, throw on your best costume, and spend your night dancing to hits from the 90s through today. 


General Admission tickets are just $20, VIP packages also offered. The Silver VIP Package includes a reserved table, admission for 5 people, and 1 premium bottle. The Gold VIP Package includes a reserved booth: admission for 8 people, and 2 premium bottles. The last package, the Platinum VIP packages, includes a large booth, admission for 12 people and 3 premium bottles.


To get your tickets to this one of a kind halloween party, click here. 



Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Open on select nights now through November 2nd, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the most frightening events in all of Los Angeles.


Universal Studios created the Horror Genre, so you know that when they say its intense, they mean it. This year, the theme park brings Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele’s recent horror flick, Us, to life with a terrifying maze. Other spine-chilling maze themes include Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, Killer Klowns From Outer Space, Creepshow, Holidayz in Hell, and AMC’s The Walking Dead Attraction. 


To buy your tickets, click here!


Freeform’s Halloween House

The TV network behind the iconic “13 Nights of Halloween” is bringing favorites like Hocus Pocus and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to life! 


Guests will first step through the Halloween Town tree portal to enter the event. There guests will be able to gamble with Oogie Boogie and pose in front of the spiral hill while mingling with the Sanderson Sisters’ cottage in the Addams Family living room. 


Tickets are $27 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and $37 from 6:00pm onward (21+). For more information about the event, click here.


Los Angeles Haunted Hayride - Griffith Park Old Zoo

The legend goes that the area surrounding the "Old Zoo" and "B Rock" in Griffith Park is one of the most paranormally active sites in California. This year, it is once again the site of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. 


From Saturday, September 28 through Saturday, November 2, enjoy a reimagined haunted hayride through the park. This year’s theme is Midnight Falls, an eerie and mysterious village set in 1985, where it is always Halloween. The event features the “Midnight Falls Town Square”, “Midnight Mortuary Haunted House”, “Roadkill Ranch”, “Trick-or-Treat”, the popular “Haunted Hayride”, and three short-play escape rooms.


For more information about the event, click here. 

Sept. 26, 2019

The 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic


On Saturday, October 5, 2019, put on your favorite outfit, grab a glass of champagne, and enjoy the 10th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. The event returns to the Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles located just a quick drive from Silicon Beach. Join Veuve Clicquot to watch an exciting polo match while enjoying a day of picnicking with friends.


About the Event 

Polo-goers and champagne sippers alike can purchase one of four ticketing options:


General Admission - $90.00

  • General Admission event entry
  • Shuttles to-and-from check-in lot and event grounds
  • Access to champagne bars, merchandise tent, games, and gourmet food trucks
  • First-come, first-served open lawn seating


Rosé Garden - $500.00

  • Exclusive access to the Veuve Clicquot Rosé Garden with open lounge seating and beautiful décor 
  • One bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé champagne
  • Individual gourmet lunch
  • Dedicated parking and shuttle service to-and-from check-in lot and event grounds 
  • Dedicated champagne bars, photo moments, merchandise tent, and photo booth


La Grande Dame Garden - $1,900

  • Exclusive access to the Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Garden with champagne bottle service and prime fieldside views 
  • One bottle of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2008 + two glasses of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Rosé 2008 champagne
  • Gourmet champagne lunch 
  • Dedicated intimate lounge seating 
  • Complimentary valet parking and dedicated boarding for shuttles to-and-from check-in lot and event grounds


Early Access - $150.00

  • Exclusive access to the first set of shuttles for early entry
  • Limited Edition Veuve Clicquot Yellow Flutes compliments of American Express
  • General Admission event entry
  • Return shuttle transportation to check-in lot• Access to champagne bars, merchandise tent, games, and gourmet food trucks
  • First-come, first-served open lawn seating



All guests will be able to enjoy delicious food offerings from some of the city’s most popular food trucks from Silicon Beach, lawn games, and prime seating to cheer from the sidelines while enjoying a polo match led by world-renowned polo player Nacho Figueras.


To buy tickets and find out more about the event, click here! 

Sept. 15, 2019

The 35th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival



Photo credit: Abbot Kinney Festival Facebook

It’s almost that time of year again! The Abbot Kinney Festival is just around the corner and we have all the details you need to know for the big day! This amazing event happens every year in Silicon Beach. You won't want to miss this one.




When is this year’s Abbot Kinney Festival? 


The Abbot Kinney Festival takes place each year on the last Sunday of September. This year the world-renowned event on Sunday, September 29th from 10:00am to 6:00pm. This year marks the 35th year that the festival has taken place. Abbot Kinney located in Venice, the Heart of Silicon Beach draws hundreds of people out to enjoy this amazing event.




What is the Abbot Kinney Festival?


Dubbed the coolest block in America by GQ Magazine, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a mile-long street of eclectic boutiques and artisan restaurants. The Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice, California AKA Silicon Beach, is celebrating it’s 35th year, and is sure to be packed with excited locals and tourists alike. 


The festival is free to all attendees and features over 350 vendors, food trucks and booths. The family-friendly festival features kids rides and games and a kids concert stage. Grownups can enjoy the three beer gardens during the event, and the three other concert stages that feature music for all ages. 




Logistics: Where to park? 


We know parking can be a pain in the Neck in Silicon Beach especially in Venice here are a few tips to get you a great parking space.

There are three official parking lots for the Abbot Kinney Festival — Santa Clara & Electric, Milwood & Electric, and Venice Blvd & Irving Tabor (between Electric & Abbot Kinney). 


Festival parking is valet only and costs $25. Part of your parking fee goes straight back into the Venice community. 


There are also a few public parking lots located throughout the area. One is at Westminster Elementary School on Main Street between Brooks Avenue and Westminster Avenue. According to the Abbot Kinney Festival website, other lots are located on Windward, Electric Avenue, Washington Boulevard near Venice Pier, and in Marina del Rey.




Logistics: Other modes of transportation?


If you aren’t looking to fight traffic or pay parking fees, you can use one of the Silicon Beach buses or shuttles to get to the festival. The Playa Vista Beach Shuttle will drop you within walking distance of the Festival. Other stops on this shuttle include Admiralty Way, Washington Boulevard, Fisherman’s Village, and Playa Vista. 


If you’re not feeling like driving or using public transit, you could always ride your bike to the event. There are free Bike Valet Stations are located at each end of the Festival. Park your bike at the intersection of Abbot Kinney and Venice, or the corner of Abbot Kinney and Main. 


Sept. 11, 2019

It's Grape Stomping season in Temecula


September is stomping season! September is the harvest season in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. This time of year is when winemaking truly begins! In Temecula Valley, it’s not uncommon to throw annual grape stomping festivals to celebrate the harvest. Many of the festivals feature great food, live entertainment, competitions, and photo opportunities. Below, we list our favorite annual spots to stomp some grapes! 


South Coast Winery Resort & Spa || September 15, 2019


Head to the beautiful winery on Rancho California Road in Temecula for a one of a kind experience. Named one of the “Top 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2019" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, the grape stomp is a fun way to spend a day. Buy a ticket here and enjoy a complimentary glass of pre-selected Red or White Wine, a sparkling wine toast for the Harvest Blessing, a buffet dinner, live music and grape stomping. 


Somerset Winery || September 21, 2019

Join Somerset Winery to kick off the launch of their very first grape stomp. The event takes place from 4:30pm through 7:00pm and tickets range from $35.00 and $130.00. This family friendly event features prizes for the top teams, a glass of wine for those 21+, and a bottle of wine to share among teams. After the stomping, stick around to enjoy live music by Reggae artist King Schascha and food from Moonage Food Truck.


Ponte Family Estate Winery || September 22, 2019

Join us the Ponte Family Estate for their 17th Annual Grape Stomp and ring in autumn with the ultimate harvest season festival! The cost of tickets include Ponte wine, a catered dinner, live music, dancing and the Grape Stomp competition! 


Dinner will include a selection of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, refreshing salads, savory entrées and sides, and desserts. Three drink tickets will be provided for each guest and are redeemable for Ponte wine of your choice and/or beer. Wine Club Members receive up to two (2) discounted tickets.


Peltzer || September 28, 2019

It you are going to stomp grapes, at least do it for charity! One September 28th, enjoy a day of stomping out cancer with this charity event. From 11:00am through 10:00pm, guests can sip on wine, stomp some grapes and listen to live music. The event benefits Charity for Charity. It will also include a pumpkin farm, a scavenger hunt, pig races, food truck alley, live music, and grape stomping competitions! 

Sept. 4, 2019

Los Angeles' Annual Electric Car Festival


This September, get behind the wheel of some of your favorite cars at the Electric Car Festival in Los Angeles. 

The event, #ChargeUpLA, takes place on September 14 from 10:00am to 3:00pm and allows consumers to test drive an abundance of electric vehicles.


Why should you consider an electric vehicles?


The Latest Models virtually eliminate range anxiety

  • It was once a big deal for an EV to break the 100-mile barrier on a charge, but in 2019 there are 8 EV models that are able to run for more than 200 miles on a full battery. The Teslas lead the pack with its Models 3, S, and X topping out at near or above 300 miles per charging session. If you are looking for a more affordable option, the Hyundai Kona Electric and Kia Niro Electric offer capacities of 258 and 239 miles, respectively, while the Chevrolet Bolt EV is at 238 miles and the coming Nissan Leaf Plus is estimated to run for 226 miles on a full charge.


Electricity is still cheaper than Gasoline

  • Even with relatively affordable gas prices, it’s still cheaper to keep an electric car running. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency says the Hyundai Ioniq Electric, which is rated at the electric equivalent of 136 mpg in combined city/highway driving, will cost an owner $500 a year to run for 15,000 miles, based on average power rates.


You Get Paid to Own Them

  • The government gives owners of EVs a rebate as a reward for choosing a car with less emissions. You’ll essentially get paid to drive your car! 


What to expect at the event!


  • Get behind the wheel of a range of electric vehicles (EVs) and Plug in Hybrids (PHEVs) and experience the excitement of driving “green."
  • Talk to current EV owners about what the EV lifestyle is all about.
  • Learn about LADWP's "Charge Up LA" rebate program for used EV purchases and home chargers. 
  • Find out more about federal and state EV rebates and incentives.
  • Enjoy a day with the family and experience the event’s food trucks, vendors, a variety of displays, games, raffle prizes, and fun!
  • Test drive a car and get a coupon for free food from the food trucks — available for the first 500 test drivers.
  • FREE parking for the public at Dodger Stadium parking lot #13!


Cars available to test drive at #ChargeUpLA:

(List is subject to change):


  • Audi e-tron
  • BMW 530e
  • BMW i3
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • MINI Cooper S E Countryman
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Toyota Prius Prime


Aug. 24, 2019

The Entire Line Up for The Original Catalina Wine Mixer


On September 6 & 7, make the trek to Catalina Island for one of the most unique and entertaining events of the year. Taking place at the gorgeous Descanso Beach Club, this popular event features wine, food and music. For everything you need to know, look below!


Friday’s Musical Line Up

    • Ricky Rocks: Known for his raw power and distinctive sound, Ricky Rocks is an explosive force in the entertainment industry worldwide. He can be found bringing the entertainment experience to the next level at some of the most talked-about venues in the nation.
    • Michael Basic: Michael Basic is an award-winning artist who masterfully explores Hip Hop, Top 40 and House Music to rock the West Coast’s top venues with his unique style. 
    • Wheeland Brothers: Nate “Frogg” and Travis Wheeland began their musical journey during in 2010 during a backpacking trip to Kauai. In May 2012, they released their first album “Toast to the Coast.” Their second album “Muchos Mahalos” was release in 2013. 


Saturday's Line Up

    • JOEL the Band: America’s favorite Billy Joel Tribute Band, JOEL brings a high-energy show to all Billy Joel enthusiasts. Fresh off of the national tour of Billy Joel's Tony award-winning rock musical “Movin' Out” Piano Man, Kyle Martin and a group of professional musicians are creating a buzz around the country for their performances that will guarantee a good time. 
    • Casey Turner: Influenced by reggae, this music maker from SoCal and Hawaii produces amazing island reggae vibes, building the songs and recording the parts live on stage with his ukulele, guitar, and loop station. 
    • Michael Basic: The award winning artist is returning for day 2 of the event.
    • Safety Orange: This San Diego based band has released 3 albums and scored sponsorship deals with companies like Jagermeister, Aedik Clothing, and others. Named after a surfboard, the band brings beach rock and reggae sounds that continue to keep the surf vibe alive to this day.
    • Michelle Lambert: This violin wielding classic artist is known for being a genre-defying 21st century talent with a lot on her mind.
    • Splyce: Known as the “Hollywood’s disc jockey to the stars,” Splyce has worked some of the hottest and most exclusive parties and events in Hollywood. Now he’s bringing his talents to the Catalina Wine Mixer!



Whether you want general admission tickets or the VIP package, you can find them here! 

Aug. 18, 2019

Catch the last “Jazz on the Lawn” Concert of the Season!




Every Sunday in August “Jazz on the Lawn” is hosted at Gandara Park in Santa Monica! Enjoy a night of friends, family and dancing for free at the park! This season marks the 14th summer the event has been hosted. The iconic concert series features jazz musicians, pre-concert activities and delectable food trucks. 


This upcoming weekend is the very last concert of the season and features “Classic Rock All Jazzed Up” with the band NUTTY.


From 4:00 - 7:00pm enjoy pre-concert games and actives for the entire family. Then at 5:00, head back to the stage and enjoy a night of rock jazz and dancing. NUTTY will perform an array of rock/jazz classics, re-interpreted and re-imagined in a way that only NUTTY can.




Food Trucks


For the final concert of the season, food truck include Dogtown DogsTacos Gallo Loco, and Merci Clément. 

  • Dogtown Dogs: Offering a “sophisticated variation of traditional favorites with an innovative spin,” Dogtown Dogs serves, you guess it: hot dogs. These aren’t your traditional ballpark franks. Hot dogs at Downtown Dog include The Morning Commute (Dog wrapped in crispy, hardwood smoked bacon and topped with a fried egg), California Dog (all beef dog with avocado, arugula, basil aioli, tomatoes, fried onions and a lite vinaigrette), and even Trailer Trash (all beef dog topped with beef chili, nacho cheese and Frito’s corn chips.)
  • Tacos Gallo Loco: There are few things more iconic in LA than street tacos, and Tacos Gallo Loco is one of the best. Offering burritos, nachos and of course tacos, you really can’t go wrong when ordering from this truck.
  • Merci Clément: Once you enjoy your hot dogs and tacos, head on over to Merci Clément for dessert. Merci Clément features everything from gelato to chocolate Belgian waffles to praline sticks. 




Additional Information: 

  • Location: “Jazz on the Lawn” takes place as Gandara Park (1819 Stewart St, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Parking: Free parking is available after 3:30pm in the Kite Pharma lot located at 1800 Stewart St. Please be courteous of the residents and do not park in the neighborhood.
  • Accessibility: A limited number of parking spots will be reserved for accessible parking in the Gandara Park lot and will be on a first come, first served basis. The park and restrooms are wheelchair accessible.


Aug. 14, 2019

Everything We Know So Far About the Venice Homeless Shelter



The Los Angeles City Council recently finally a lease allowing the city to build a temporary homeless shelter at a former Metro bus yard in Venice. With this big, and controversial, change coming to Silicon Beach, we have broken down everything we know so far below.



About the Shelter


The shelter is part of Los Angles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home program”, which the mayor announced in 2018 as a solution to provide shelter for homeless residents awaiting permanent housing funded by a $1.2 billion bond approved by Los Angeles voters in 2016. 


Garcetti set aside $20 million for the program, with a goal creating a shelter in each of the city’s 15 council districts. The money is being supplemented by grants from the state and have already been far more costly than expected.


This building along is expected to cost roughly $8 million, with $5 million coming from city coffers and the remainder from a donation made by the California Community Foundation. 


The goal of the shelter is to ultimately reduce the number of encampments in Venice and around Los Angeles. 


Construction on the 154-bed shelter began in July and it is expected to be done by end of September or early October. Once construction is done and the shelter is furnished, the city will contract with service providers “People Assisting the Homeless” and “Safe Place for Youth” to staff the site with employees able to assist residents searching for permanent housing.


The shelter will be located at 100 Sunset Avenue and is only expected to be operational for the next 3 years. After that the transit agency has plans to redevelop the property, with proposed uses for the site including housing, retail, and even a boutique hotel.




The Homeless Shelter is not without Controversy


In 2018 when the project was first announced, City Councilmember Mike Bonin who is a big proponent of the shelter, was shouted at and booed by Venice Beach residents who opposed the shelter. The points made by residents included concerns about attracting more homeless residents to the area and neighborhood crime rates spiking. 


The Venice Stakeholders Association—a frequent critic of the city’s homelessness policy—has also sued to block the shelter. The neighborhood group’s lawsuit is still pending, but a judge ruled in May that construction could move forward while the case is tried. 



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