South Bay Summer Guide 2017





21st - 23rd Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament

Taking place at Live Oak Park Tennis Courts and Mira Costa Tennis Courts from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM the tournament is open to players ages 16+. Play during the 50th Annual Manhattan Open Tennis Tournament. From Men's and Women's Open Singles and Doubles Divisions to Amateur Divisions, the tournament is sure to provide a fun-filled weekend of competition at its finest.

  • Prizes and trophies for all division winners
  • Single elimination
  • All entries include lunch, a T-shirt, and a goodie bag
  • US Open Wilson tennis balls will be in play for all events.



1st - August 31st Summer Concerts Redondo Beach

FREE summer concert series, chalk art festival, classic car show, taste of the Pier, and more this summer at Redondo Beach Pier. 


2nd- SepTember 3rd Summer Concerts Manhattan Beach

Starting Sunday, July 2 through Sunday, September 3, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Polliwog Park Amphitheater is the home of the Summer Concerts in Manhattan Beach. The Summer Concerts have featured such artists as the Doo-Wah Riders, Hollywood U2, Nathan Shrake, Elvis, and Beatles tribute bands, as well as a host of other talented musicians. 


19, 20, 21, 22, & 23Rd - AVP Hermosa Beach Open & AVP First National Championship

The Hermosa Beach Open will be the premiere beach volleyball showcase in the United State in 2017. Programming includes the professional tournament with top athletes and local competitors competing for over $75,000 in prize money, a college showcase with local college and university athletes and the AVPFirst National Championships, with youth teams competing from across the country. The event is free of charge to attend with fun interactive activities, music and games for fans of all ages. 


3rd - 6th International Surf Festival (ISF)

 The 2017 host city for the 56th International Surf Festival is the City of Manhattan Beach. The event promotes the four South Bay beach cities, the world’s best lifeguard service, and physical fitness for thousands of participants.  Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80’s. See the surfing from  7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. More info here


6th  Sand Castle Design Contest

Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM
South side of the Manhattan Beach Pier
Cost: FREE


South Side of the Hermosa Beach pier. Don’t miss these free Sunday concerts on the beach, winding down the weekend with chill vibes and a sunset show.

  • Sunday, August 6: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm TBD
  • Sunday, August 13: 5:00 – 8:00 pm TBD
  • Sunday, August 20: 5:00 – 8:00 pm TBD
  • Sunday, August 27: 5:00 – 8:00 pm TBD





A destination within a destination, Coronado is San Diego’s resident island paradise. It’s located just off the coast from the Downtown area, accessible via the Coronado Bridge. Coronado, a true modern Mayberry, is beloved for its small town vibes—there’s only one street with stoplights, the area is easily bikeable from one end to the other, and the main thoroughfare is lined with non-chain, local businesses. The area is perhaps best known for the Hotel del Coronado, the oldest hotel on the West Coast and a luxurious resort spread across the island’s Southwest corner. During the summer, visitors can experience Coronado like a local by renting a bike, grabbing ice cream from local mainstay Mootime, and heading to the beach, dotted with golf-flecked sands, picturesque views, and sculptural sand dunes (and from above, these dunes spell out Coronado). Coronado is also home to a large naval base, and is a popular 4th of July destination for its parade and fireworks.


Lake Arrowhead 

While your summertime instinct may not be to head inland, Lake Arrowhead’s serene environment and natural landscape guarantees that you won’t be missing the coast during your visit. Whether you’re cruising out on the lake or hiking the many local trails, Lake Arrowhead is ideal for detoxing from the LA smog, traffic, and hustle. Lake Arrowhead’s summer scene is centered around the outdoors, and there’s no shortage of activities to please your inner nature lover: mountain biking, water skiing, rock climbing, and sailing are just the start, while true outdoorsmen will skip the hotel and opt to camp instead. During the summer months, Lake Arrowhead also offers a free outdoor concert series and popular food and wine festival, which are ideal events to plan your getaway around.


Big Sur

One of the farther “road trip” destinations from LA would be Big Sur. The spot is absolutely worth the drive, accessible from both the 101 freeway and even-more-scenic (and legendary) Highway 1. Tucked into the cliffs alongside the Central Coast, Big Sur overlooks a series of unspoiled beaches, that are indisputablythe most visually stunning in California. Despite being oft-photographed and visited, Big Sur has maintained a sense of purity and natural beauty, however. Its rugged coastline hasn’t been affected by tourism in the same way as many other destinations. Natural landmarks include Pfeiffer Beach, known for its purple sands and rock formations, McWay Falls, a rare ocean tidefall, and Limekiln State Park, filled with lime kilns, a waterfall, and stunning hiking trails. Visitors can also traverse scenic Bixby Bridge and dine at one of the many local restaurants, including Nepenthe and Sierra Mar, that have put this area on the culinary map.




Hermosa Beach

Valley Park Summer Day Camp - Ages 6 to 13 between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm at Hermosa Beach’s Valley Park, 2515 Valley Drive. Day campers participate in a variety of activities such as sports, drama, cooperative games, crafts, beach activities and off-site excursions  to encourage social, physical and creative development. More info here.

Surf & Sports Camp - BeachSports offers youth Beach & Skateboard programs designed for girls and boys ages 4-15. Our program structure was designed by lifeguards and local elementary and middle school teachers to be inclusive, fun, educational and, most importantly, safe for all of our campers. More info here. 


Manhattan Beach

MB City Camps - From Arts, Cooking, Science, Lego Camps & beyond, check out all of these amazing camps for kids this summer here. More info here

Steve & Kate's Summer Camp at Pennekamp -  Whatever your child’s passion, they can push their limits at our camp. Stop-motion animation, fashion, coding, bread making, sports, music, dance, and so much more. More info here.


Redondo Beach

RB City Summer Camps - From coding to catching waves the city of Redondo Beach's summer camps have something for everyone. Get all the info on Camps through the city here.

Camp Awesome - A drop off only beach summer program for children ages 4-13. Camp curriculum consists of play, leisure, sports, arts and crafts, water activities, exercise, and positive reinforcement. Camp will also consist of beach parties, field trips, and making short films and music videos. Parents will be able to follow their children at any time online through our social media. More info here.

Michael Maughanarticle