Everyone knows the Santa Monica Pier, visable from Malibu Â to Manhattan Beach. Â It stands out along the coast as not only the point where the 10 begins, but where fun is had, old school. Â The famous Ferris Wheel, cotton candy and games, its fun for all ages, day and night. Â And in the summer on Thursday nights, it becomes a fun place for families and friends to come for some free, outdoor fun.
This year, July 2 through September 3 Santa Monica Pier is host to the Twilight Dance series (nothing to do with teen vampires,) now in it’s 25th year. Â It’s a popular activity for people from throughout the city and a great time. Â
Check out the Santa Monica Pier website for more info, although I will say this, it is an eclectic, talented bunch. Joan Baez played last week, and upcoming bands include Salsamuffin (and don’t even pretend you aren’t curious what a Salsamuffin is) and the Global Groves (Spain/France),Â Squirrel Nut Zippers (Big Band Fun and on this night free dance lessons starting at 6pm),Â Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited (Zimbabwe) and Lila Downs (Mexico). Â The series ends with Patti Smith on September 3. Â
Most people bring picnics (read: some food to help your consumption of wine and beer, which is not allowed by the way) and hang for a while. Â It’s a place to bring a date, some family from in town, and/or a crew of friends, just make sure that they are up for the outdoors as evenings can get slightly chilly along the water, and the style of music. Â I think Salsamuffin and SNZ is for everyone, but they may not.Â
Starting at 7pm it’s good, free fun by the beach for all ages.
August 20: Venice
August 27: Lila Downs (Oaxaca, Mexico)