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Santa Monica’s Summer Scene: Top Events and Festivals

Santa Monica comes alive from June to August with a blend of sun-soaked festivities and cultural celebrations perfect for the discerning traveler.

Kick off the summer with the Santa Monica Pier 360 Beach Festival on June 29-30. This family-friendly festival embodies the essence of beach life with ocean sports competitions, live music, delicious food and drinks, and interactive games. Santa Monica Pier 360 offers a glimpse into the iconic SoCal beach culture, drawing thousands of visitors for a weekend of positive energy and fun.

Celebrate Independence Day at the Santa Monica Annual Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, July 4, starting at 9:30 AM. Running for 17 years, this parade showcases the red, white, and blue spirit with festive floats, marching bands, and community groups, making it a patriotic spectacle not to be missed.

Don't miss the Summer SOULstice 20th Anniversary on July 13, from 12 Noon to 7 PM. Enjoy a day of upscale shopping, live bands, and gourmet food trucks, creating a lively yet refined atmosphere.

On August 7, experience the vibrant Festival of the Chariots. Watch Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva, and Subhadra make their yearly journey on three towing 40-foot chariots from Main Street in Santa Monica to the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk. This lively festival features a parade, cultural performances, kirtan music, food stalls, a complimentary feast, and a unique gift shop.

With so many outstanding events, your summer stay in Santa Monica will be nothing short of extraordinary. Enjoy the perfect blend of luxury, culture, and coastal allure at Oceana Santa Monica.