If you’re cruising in Southern California for the rest of the summer, check out the schedule at Marina del Rey next to Los Angeles; there’s a lot going on. For starters, Marina del Rey is one of the largest and most attractive marinas not only on the West Coast but anywhere in the U.S., so a visit at any time is a treat. Over the years I’ve always had a great time there. But this summer the schedule includes Marina Fundays, free concerts, food on the beach, a farmer’s market and more.
Throughout August and September, the Marina Fundays offer special deals on dining, activities and music. You can explore the harbor by kayak, paddleboard or a harbor cruise, or relax at a waterfront restaurant or sandy cove. The events and deals will be updated weekly, so you need to check the marina’s website: http://visitmarinadelrey.com
There is live beach music by Unkle Monkey (well, not the Rolling Stones, but then it’s free) at Marina Mother’s Beach from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. from now to Sept. 27; for specific dates, call 424 526-7900.
On Saturday, Aug. 4, Cat Power has a free concert at Burton Chace Park, starting at 7 p.m. Come early and have a picnic on the lawn.
Also on Saturday, you can find gourmet foods, fresh produce and handmade wares at the Marina del Rey Farmer’s Market. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parking Lot 11, corner of Via Marina and Panay Way.
On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5, there’s a free concert at Fisherman’s Village. Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Dance to salsa from the Susie Hanson Latin Band.
If that’s not enough to keep you busy, also on Sundays, the Marina del Rey Hotel holds a summer series of pool parties, running through Sept. 2. Go for DJ entertainment, themed events, poolside food and drinks. Non-hotel guests must be at least 21.