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Discover Marina del Rey Day
Come join us at Discover Marina del Rey 2007 on Sunday, October 7 from 11am-4pm at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. This fun-filled annual event has plenty of varied excitement and information for the entire family. The Department of Parks and Recreation will be present to offer unique arts and crafts workshops and to promote healthy living and eating. Other local government agencies, as well as various businesses, will have exhibitor booths offering vital information on health, safety, and the environment.
There's live entertainment with the AC Timba Jazz Project, performing Latin Jazz, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; shows all day from the famed Bob Baker Marionettes; and a sensational performance by the Venice High School choral group, the Allegros. The W.A.T.E.R. Youth Program will also offer leisure kayaking in the main channel from 1pm-4pm for visitors ages 6 and up. An adult must accompany children under the age of 10 and good swimming skills are strongly recommended. The purchase of a $5.00 wristband entitles visitors to catch the excitement of inflatables, rides, games, snack carts, and a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Parking is available in County Lot 4 for $5.00. For more information, please call the Marina Visitors Information line at 310-305-9545.
Annual Calendar of Events
March through October
Los Angeles County Outdoor Adventures
Los Angeles County sponsors several outdoor explorative and educational programs for adults and children over 10 years of age. Each program is two to three hours long and reservations are required to participate as space is limited. Contact the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors for dates and more information at 310-305-9595 or marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.
On select Thursdays join the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors for a birdwatching experience in various sites of the Ballona Wetlands. The outings begin with a brief lecture on avifauna related topics and an overview of the wetlands. The group will then get the opportunity to observe various bird species in the shoreline and vegetation habitats. Small children who do not require a car seat or stroller are welcome to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. Times vary and the group meets at the Burton Chace Park Community Room (13650 Mindanao Way) before embarking on the tour. Both the tour and parking are free. Call 310-305-9596 for reservations and visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov for more information.
On select Saturdays, the L.A. County Department of Beaches and Harbors provides basic kayaking instruction and exploration in the Marina harbor. Outings begin with kayaking lessons and water safety. The group will then practice and enjoy paddling through the Marinas basins. Kayaking is open to adults and children 10 years of age and up. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak. The cost is $25-$30 per person and groups meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Burton Chace Park Boathouse. Parking is free. Call 310-305-9587 for reservations and visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov for more information.
On select Saturdays, this outing takes participants kayaking through the Marina del Rey harbor and out to the North Jetty where they will surf the waves aboard sit-on-top kayaks. Instruction is provided by L.A. County lifeguards and participants must be approved by instructors to register. The cost is $25-$30 per person and groups meet at 8 a.m. at the Burton Chace Park Boathouse. Parking is free. Call 310-305-9587 for reservations and visit marinadelrey.lacounty.gov or more information.
A yearly event since 1974, this annual contest has become the largest fishing tournament in Southern California. Its also the last 100% non-profit tournament on the west coast. The event has attracted almost a thousand participants and over 300 boats every year and entrants have come from as far as Northern California, Arizona and Nevada. Prizes are awarded for catching the biggest fish with rod and reel and fishing starts at sunrise. Watch the public weigh-ins Saturday in Burton W. Chace Park at 5 p.m. and on Sunday at 3 p.m. Visit marinadelreyhalibutderby.com or mdranglers.com for more information or call 310-827-4855.
This ever-growing in water boat show features hundreds of the newest and largest recreational boats, from million-dollar yachts, incredible sailboats and personal watercraft to marine accessories. Lasting for four days, usually the third weekend in May, the show takes place in Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way. Admission for adults is $10 per person, children under 12 are free. Call 949-757-5959 for more information and exact dates.
Enjoy ogling Porsches of all kinds on display at this annual day-long car show in Burton W. Chace Park. Admission is free. Call 818-888-7224 or visit pcala.com for more information.
Marina del Rey Annual 4th of July Fireworks
Watch fireworks shoot over Marina's main channel. Burton W. Chace Park and Fisherman's Village are popular viewing spots, but any water view seat is a good one. Fireworks start 9 p.m. Park early. Call 310-305-9545 or go to VisitMarina.com for more information.
Marina del Rey Summer Concerts in the Park Performances
This popular series of classical and pops concerts is held in one of the most spectacular settings in Los Angeles, Burton W. Chace Park on Thursday & Saturday evenings. Chace Park is a beautiful 10-acre park surrounded on three sides by water. All concerts begin at 7 p.m., take place outside on the green, and generally last about two hours. Audiences are invited to picnic in advance of each concert. Bring your own low chairs and blankets for first-come, first-served seating, and a limited number of chairs are available for rent at the site. Come early for best seating, and bring along a jacket or sweater to stay comfortable at night near the water. Location: Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.
Thursday, July 12 70-voice Southern California Master Chorale joins Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, conducted by Maestro Frank Fetta, with music by Ralph Vaughan-Williams, John Ireland, and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana".
Saturday, July 21 Amanda McBroom, considered to be one of the great cabaret singers of her generation, appears in concert with her instrumental ensemble.
Thursday, July 26 The brilliant young violinist Lindsay Deutsch plays the Prokofiev Violin Concerto #2 in G Minor and "Fantasy on Porgy and Bess" (by George Gershwin) for violin and orchestra.
Saturday, August 4 The Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, with its conductor Maestro Frank Fetta, joins the summer concert's pop lineup, for an evening with the vibrant and exciting Lorna Luft, who will sing songs from the many Broadway, nightclub, and concert appearances in which she has starred.
Thursday, August 9 "An Evening with the Los Angeles Opera" features singers from the company in a special preview of arias and ensembles from the Opera's 2008 season.
Saturday, August 18 One of the founding figures of the Bossa Nova movement in Brazil, Oscar Castro-Neves, brings a group of the most distinguished instrumentalists in the world today to join him performing Bossa Nova favorites and music from Oscar's latest album, "All One".
Thursday, August 23 The young piano virtuoso Xin Xin is soloist in Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini" and the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony performs "The Firebird Suite" to honor Igor Stravinsky's 125th birthday.
Saturday, September 1 The legendary Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth return with their flawless renditions of music from jazz standards to Broadway showstoppers.
Old Fashioned Day in the Park
A unique, free event, Old Fashioned Day in Burton W. Chace Park features vintage yachts, and antique and classic cars and motorcycles. Watch ship models and modelers do their work or take a free ride in the harbor aboard a steam engine yacht. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 626-335-8843 for more information.
October Discover Marina del Rey Day
The first Sunday in October, Burton W. Chace Park is the site for a celebration of Marina del Rey. Enjoy live music, food and drinks, community booths, sailboat races, childrens story times, U.S. Coast Guard, L.A. County Fire and Lifeguard demonstrations. Childrens inflatable activities and games are $5 each; admission is free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;13650 Mindanao Way, 310- 305-9545; labeaches.info for more information.
Usually held the first Saturday evening in December. Festively decorated boats illuminate the main channel in one of the Marina's most visually exciting events. A preview Boat Parade takes place the Friday evening before the main event. Saturdays main parade is preceded by a short fireworks display in the Main Channel at 5:55 p.m. The best viewing of the parade is at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman's Village. Call 310-670-7130 or visit mdrboatparade.org for details.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Display by the Water
Held on New Year's Eve, the Fireworks Display by the Water is always a spectacular event to bring in the New Year at this spectacular setting.
Organizations Holding Events in the Park
Human Powered Vehicle Association - Los Angeles/Orange County
Los Angeles Recumbent Riders (LARRs)
Meet on third Sunday of every month at Burton Chace Park, at the West end of Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey. Drop in any time between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., then join us on a short but fun ride on the beach bike path to Hermosa Beach for lunch and lively discussions about the past, present, and future of recumbency. For more information, contact Gerry Pease, firstname.lastname@example.org, (310)379-6663.
For more visitor information, including recommendations specific to your situation, contact the Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau at 310-305-9545. For group information and travel trade, call 310-306-9900. More information is also available on line at VisitMarina.com or via email at info@VisitMarina.com, or stop by the Marina del Rey Visitor Information Center, 4701 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292.
Burton W. Chace
Hours - Daily 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292
Phones: (310) 305-9595 & (310) 305-9545 FAX: (310) 306-6605 or (310) 821-3609
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