Happy Birthday to you, Marina del Rey! One of L.A.’s most popular waterfront destinations celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, April 10-12, with a major MarineFest of activities for all ages.
In addition lots of events, visitors and locals can enjoy a host of special 50th birthday promotions and deals from local restaurants and hotels. Activities include on-board Tall Ship tours, harbor tours, cannon battles, day sails, boat and classic car shows, kids’ activities and a free concert by legendary rock band Three Dog Night on Friday followed by fireworks over the harbor.
Friday, April 10
12 – 3 pm On-board Tall Ship Tours
12 – 6 pm Historic Harbor Tours
3 – 10 pm Water Taxi Service
3:30 – 5 pm Tall Ship Cannon Battle
5 – 8 pm On-board Tall Ship Tours
5 pm Official Commemorative Ceremony
6 pm 50th Birthday Cake Cutting
7 pm Three Dog Night Concert at Burton Chace Park
8:30 pm Fireworks
Saturday, April 11
11 am – 1 pm Boat Parade
11 am – 5 pm Boat Show, Exhibitors, & Kids Activities
11 am – 7 pm Historic Harbor Tours
1 – 7 pm On-board Tall Ship Tours
2:30 – 4:30 pm Tall Ship Day Sail
Sunday, April 12
11 am – 3 pm On-board Tall Ship Tours
11 am – 5 pm Boat Show, Classic Car Show, Kids Activities
11 am – 5 pm Historic Harbor Tours
1:00 – 2:30 pm Tall Ship Day Sail
3:30 – 5:00 pm Tall Ship Cannon Battle
5:00 – 7:00 pm On-board Tall Ship Tours
Special promotions are based on 1965, the year Marina was established, and 50 for the anniversary year and include 50% off all house cocktails at Beachside Restaurant & Bar; $19.65 prix fixe menu at El Torito and Whiskey Red’s; and a $50.00 three-course, prix fixe menu with a 50th birthday cake at Cafe del Rey; Other promotions and discounts to be found throughout the Marina are offered by Hornblower Cruises & Events, Marina Grill & Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn, Pizzarito N.Y. Pizza by the Slice, SALT at the Marina del Rey Hotel, Foghorn Harbor Inn Ritz Carlton, and Sinder Lounge at the Marina del Rey Marriott.
The Marina del Rey Visitors Bureau will also hold an Instagram contest to celebrate the anniversary weekend events. To participate, share your images of the 50th birthday festivities using #mdr50 and tagging @marinadelrey_ca. Each of the 10 winners will receive a $50 gift card to a Marina del Rey restaurant.
For more information, directions and information about parking, visit www.MdR50.com.
Photos courtesy of Visit Marina del Rey
Tall Ship Photo by craig samborski | draw events llc