Get Out and Go: Music Festival, Walk for Africa and Hands Across the Sand

We dare you to find nothing to do in Santa Monica this weekend.

Summer is here and so are the events ushering in the warmer time of year.  Enjoy festivities at a beach house, attend a gallery showing, theater productions, a sporting event or even join a walk to help fight hunger, the possibilities are endless this weekend.

Here's the Santa Monica Patch-curated list of what to do around town:

1.The Third Annual Walk for Africa 2011

 Where/When: Crescent Bay Park, Saturday, 7 a.m.

 Why go: Participants can help alleviate suffering in Africa wrought by the lack medical care due to poverty, injustice and civil conflicts.  Funding from the event will help organize teams of doctors, nurses and volunteers for medical relief missions, which are able to heal and improve the lives of thousands. 

 Pricing: Free

2.  Morgan-Wixson Theatre: Chicago

Where/When: Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre; Saturday through July 30, 8 p.m.

Why go: If you’re a fan of musicals than you will enjoy Chicago. Based on a true story, the stage play was first brought to life in 1975 by Bob Fosse, Set in the roaring 20s, the prohibition story revolves around two women, each accused of murder. With show-stopping numbers, choreographed by Morgan-Wixson veteran Krystal Combs and directed by Geoffrey Award Winner, Anne Gesling, this is a show you won’t want to miss this weekend.

Pricing: General Admission $23, Senior/Student $18

3. Celebrate America: Goes Back to the Field

Where/When: Santa Monica College, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; Pyro Spectacular kick-off around 9 p.m.

Why Go: Santa Monica College’s popular annual outdoor festival features spectacular fireworks, community service booths, beach balls, food and live entertainment, including the Texas Jump and Louisiana Blues sounds of Chris Mulkey and Deluxe. The event will include picnicking on Corsair Field, which had been prohibited the past couple years. A new attraction this year will include a live auction from the stage with prizes donated by Santa Monica area businesses.

Pricing: Free, parking $5

4. Plan the Forest of Our Future: Street Tree Species Selection Final Workshop

Where/When: Santa Monica Main Public Library, Multipurpose Room; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Why Go: Share your input on how your urban forest should grow, right down to the tree in front of your house. This final workshop in a series of three will be a key opportunity to help determine appropriate tree species for your neighborhood in the event that a street tree needs to be replaced in the future. Recommendations will be included when the draft Urban Forest Master Plan is presented to the Santa Monica City Council for approval in the coming months.

Pricing: Free

 5. SMC Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery

Where/When: , Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why go: The gallery features some of the best exhibits of contemporary art by local, national, and international artists and hosts SMC’s annual student and faculty art shows.

Pricing: Free

6. First Independent Gallery Exhibits Dialogues

Where/When: First Independent Gallery at Bergamot Station; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Why go: The paintings in the exhibit explore dialogues between the present and past older pieces , which have been painted over to create new work. Taub’s work is composed of subtle colors and her style has been described as down to earth. Hilary Taub studied art history at Tufts University and painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work grew out of a lifetime of figure drawing and a love of abstraction. She has been exhibiting her work since 1993.

 Pricing: Free

 7. Summer’s Here!

 Where/When: Annenberg Community Beach House, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why go: Enjoy a performance by the Aqualilies before participating in a variety of artistry such as creating chalk art, making hula hoops and assembling hand puppets for an upcoming August production The Tempest at Santa Monica Rep. Also, go on a scavenger hunt at the Beach House, work out in the Sand & Sea Fitness Room, check out the Marion Davies Guest House and Gallery or enjoy a dip in the pool.

 Pricing: Regular pool rates apply: $4 youth (1-17), $10 adults, $5 seniors (60+), $24 family pass (two adults and two youth). Festivities are free. Parking is $8 and a bike valet is free.

 8. International Friendly Charity Soccer Match

 Where/When: Santa Monica Airport Park Soccer Field; Saturday, 4 p.m.

 Why go: Watch a great soccer match that aims to raise money for recent tornado victims in the Midwest.   Scheduled to join in the game are professional players from the English Premiere League and former U.S. National and former World Cup Players. A jersey and soccer ball with signatures of professional players will be raffled to raise money for recent tornado victims.

 Pricing: Free

9. Hands Across the Sand 

Where/When: South side of the Santa Monica Pier, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Why go: Participate in an event that is not about politics and help raise funds to protect coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries.  On a local, national and global level, Joining Hands sends a powerful visual message of human solidarity to our nation’s leaders.

Pricing: Free 

10. The 11th Annual Summer SOULstice

Where/When: , Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Why go: Go for the love of music with over 20 live bands on seven stages including Helios Jive, Highway 61 Revisited, The Neil Deal, Cubensis - Grateful Dead Music Tribute, Southbound, Petty Theft, Dr. Wu, Elviss Simmons & The Memphis Strutters, Surfin’ USA, Texas House Party, The Devil’s Box, City Fritter, Dustbowl Revival, The Get Down Boys, Tom Freund, DJ Drez and Ensemble, Rock the Shakti with Micheline Berry, Gilbert Hurricane, Ben Vaughn & The Lost Mind Ramblers, The Ghouls, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, Bryan Titus, Breath of Life Tribe, Leftover Cuties, and more.  You can't go wrong.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Why go: Similar to the centuries-old tradition of Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park, the People’s Voice puts up you on the center stage and lets you speak your mind.

Pricing: Free

12. Celebrate Good Food & Good Community

Where/When: , Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Why go: New Food Swap comes to Santa Monica! A food swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace/part fun-loving open house where your homemade, homegrown and foraged creations become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants.

Pricing: Free

13. Barnes & Noble Author Event: Nowhere Near Normal

Where/When: , Sunday, 2 p.m.

Why go: Undiagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Traci Foust had a rough upbringing. A teenage-runaway poet and Nyquil-chugging hypochondriac, Foust guides us through her wild youth in this funny and moving memoir. Meet the author and hear her story.

Pricing: Free


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