by Mari Lundin

Locals and tourists are filling Marina del Rey’s waterfront this summer for fun, energetic evenings filled with live music, food and unbeatable views.

Summer in the Marina continues this year with the summer concert series, food trucks, and other outdoor activities put on by LA County’s Department of Beaches and Harbors, Fisherman’s Village, Fisherman’s Village, and other hotels.

“L.A.’s Marina offers many options for people looking to have fun and enjoy activities that or on or near the water,” said Janet Zaldua, CEO of Marina del Rey Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Many events are located right at the beach or near the water, emphasizing the incredible water views and different activities taking place on the water.”

The Marina del Rey summer concert series will begin Thursday, July 11 at the Burton Chace Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., performances start at 7 p.m. Altering Thursday evenings will offer performances from opera and classical groups and altering Saturdays will be filled with a mix of indie, alternate rock and folk music.

Featured performers include: Rickie Lee Jones, Jon Batiste, Leela James, Jenny & The Mexicats, Kronos Quartet, and The Marina del Rey Symphony, conducted by Maestro Frank Fetta.

While the concert series only lasts through July and Aug., Beach Eats food truck series is held every Thursday at Marina “Mother’s” Beach until Sept. 26. This summer will be the second year live music performed by local bands will also take place at Beach Eats, said Zaldua.

Zaldua encourages guests to pack a picnic dinner or choose from the dozens of food trucks and enjoy the music and view.

Other weekly events this summer include the Farmers Market, held every Saturday, and the California Yacht Club sailing series every Wednesday until Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Outdoor movie screenings will be held at Burton Chace Park on select Saturdays. Films such as Aquaman, Forrest Gump, Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, Wizard of Oz, Mean Girls, Solo: Star Wars, and Beetlejuice will be screened starting at 8 p.m.

Other special events held in June include Marina Fest at Burton Chace Park which will showcase yachts and sailboats from June 22 to June 23 with vendors and activities for kids.

In July, hundreds of people will gather for Marinda del Rey’s Fourth of July waterfront fireworks show, the Marina’s most popular attraction, according to Zaldua.

Go back in time at old-fashioned day at Burton Chace Park July 28. Restored yachts from the early 1900’s and vintage automobiles will fill the park for viewing.

More auto displays will be open at Killer Shrimp Restaurant & Bar for hot rod, classic car, and motorcycle displays, takes place June 30, July 28, and Aug. 25.

“It’s important for the community and out-of-town visitors to see that Marina del Rey is ‘L.A.’s Marina’ and that Angelenos, as well as visitors, know they can have fun year-round in our waterfront playground,” Zaldua said.

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