By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor
Summertime in the Los Angeles Harbor Area is like an endless parade of classic Chevys, Fords, roaring bobbers, choppers and Harleys trekking their way to the coastal areas.
This is especially true on weekends. Caravans with hundreds of cars make their way to Paseo del Mar to see and be seen as everyone takes in the sunshine and ocean views from Point Fermin Park and get a bite to eat at Walker’s Cafe.
Retro in the Rearview
You can’t blame people for wanting to retreat into that nostalgia. We’ve encountered more change than some of us can stand. The specter of terrorism arriving on every doorstep by a multi-generational American is as great as the possibility of it being delivered by a naturalized citizen. Workers are working harder, longer and at more jobs but for less pay, and more of us are spending more of our income on housing—if we are so fortunate to have housing at all. Add to that an election cycle more caustic than the last, what we’re left with is a body politic that is either on the verge of collapsing from exhaustion or a people on the verge of coming apart at the seams.
In times such as these, a vacation by the waterfront is in order. An essay was recently published in the Smithsonian magazine on the relatively short history of how the beach became a vacation destination.
Writer Daniela Blei noted that before the industrial revolution in Europe, the beach and by extension, the ocean, was a fearsome place in the popular imagination.
“The coastal landscape was synonymous with dangerous wilderness,” Blei wrote. “It was where shipwrecks and natural disasters occurred, where a biblical flood engulfed the world.”
Industrialization brought greater and more real horrors, and the seashore became a place where people of means could escape inner city air and water pollution, class strife and even racial and ethnic tensions. In this regard, there’s little distinction between that century and this one.
How great it is that there’s still the weather and fun times. Music festivals fill the summer calendar from beginning to end. And, there are food and beer festivals bookending every month of the season.
In the interest of preserving our collective sanity and setting aside, at least for a moment, weighty matters, Random Lengths collaborated with Whitewalls Nationals for this photo shoot featuring classic cars and pin-up models who are a part of that event’s beauty contest. We believe everybody needs a holiday by connecting more, enjoying life more and smiling more during this event-filled season.
Kustom Kulture Lifestyle
Classic cars and trucks, tricked out custom cars, lowriders, hot rods, bobbers, choppers and pin-up models, inspired by the same eras as the cars, will be on display July 16 at Outer Harbor. There will be 13 live bands and a killer DJ, a pin-up beauty contest, pedal cars, bicycles, dance floor and a tiki village.
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 16
Venue: Outer Harbor, Berth 54 and 55, San Pedro
The annual Lobster Festival comes earlier this year. Take advantage of the more moderate temperatures. This year’s lobster festival offers something to look forward to.
Family entertainment, live music and fresh Maine lobster are the main attractions at this festival. Another change is that the festival grounds are located near Battleship IOWA as Ports O’Call prepares its renovation to become the San Pedro Public Market.
Time: 5 to 11 p.m. July 22, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 23, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24
Venue: USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro
Eat, drink and celebrate. The San Pedro Chamber of Commerce’s Taste of San Pedro is an annual culinary festival featuring cuisine from 20 San Pedro and Peninsula area restaurants. Enjoy craft beers at the new Brouwerij West. The event will take place at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles’ open air courtyard.
Time: 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 6
Cost: $45 to $85
Venue: Crafted, 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro
Here’s another car show that features vintage cars, live music, great food and beer.
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 20
Cost: $25 to $35
Details: (310) 322-1220
Venue: Downtown El Segundo, Main St., El Segundo
Taste of Brews celebrates its sixth anniversary as Long Beach’s original and authentic craft beer festival on Aug. 20 at Lighthouse Park.
The event infuses more than 100 styles of microbrews and hard ciders and SoCal’s premier mobile restaurants with an amazing ocean-front venue. (Alcohol service ends at 4 p.m.)
Time: 12 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20
Cost: $30 to $40
Venue: Shoreline Aquatic Park, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
San Pedro Craft Draft Festival:
A Tribute to All Things Bacon
This is a unique event celebrating craft beer, bacon fusions and live music. The event is a collaborative effort of many breweries combining to raise money for an organization project in Long Beach to support the local community. The event will showcase multiple
local and regional breweries as well as local bands, DJs and local chefs competing for your catering business.
Time: 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 27
Cost: $35 to $79
Venue: USS Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro
FYF Fest is an annual two-day music festival at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and Exposition Park. Founded in 2004 by Sean Carlson, a Torrance native, the festival features artists representing rock, hip-hop, electronic dance and alternative music. This year’s lineup includes: DJ Kendrick Lamar Moby, Vince Staples and Grace Jones Young Thug.
Time: Aug. 27 and 28
Cost: $125 to $199
Venue: Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles
Home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California, Alpine Village will feature traditional Bavarian fun. There will be Oom Pah Pah party bands, while your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by German beers brewed by Warsteiner. It delivers an authentic-yet-modern Oktoberfest to you each and every year … and all within 10 miles of Southern California’s beautiful beaches.
Time: 6 p.m. to 12 am. Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 29.
Venue: 833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance
Shoreline Jam: Reggae Festival
Don’t miss the 6th annual Shoreline Jam at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park on Labor Day weekend. The event includes food, lawn games, two stages and vendors. Entry for children 4 years and younger is free. Parking is $20
Time: 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10
Cost: $45 to $200
Details: (877) 342-0738; www.queenmary.com
Venue: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach