Category Archives: Beachy Events

Write-ups and information about fun events, festivals and parties at the beach and in beach cities.

Jimmy Buffett Irivne Meadows Party Bus From Hermosa Beach

Fins Up, Parrotheads, Jimmy Buffett is back “In The City,” Los Angeles

Jimmy Buffett Irvine Meadows tailgate party
Jimmy Buffett “virgins” adapt quickly to the tailgate party at Irvine Meadows.

He’s playing Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl, Verizon Wireless – and has a PARTY BUS to the latter.

The epic show at what Parrotheads affectionately still refer to as Irvine Meadows is the destination.

The date is Saturday, Oct. 24.

Yes, a Saturday! Just like the good ‘ol days.

If you’ve never been to a Jimmy Buffett concert, then you can’t find a better location to break your Buffett virginity than at Irvine Meadows. it has a huge parking lot and row after row after row is filled with people partying in their parking spots.

They put up portable tiki bars, have big churning blenders, sharks, volcanoes and the occasional Sons Of Sons of Sailors.

On the Party Bus, you bring your own drinks (cute girls are also given plenty more in the parking lot!) and go with the flow. Literally.

The mood is fun, the atmosphere is awesome and if you’re not already a Parrothead, you quickly become one of the “flock.”

It is simply not to be missed. IF you like a good party, of course.

This occurs all day and then at some point you hear music coming from the stage, so you pack up and go inside to the show.

Here’s the deets on the bus:
• Hermosa Beach to Irvine Meadows
• $30 cost for girls, $35 for guys (bus only and BYOB)
• Contact:

LInk: Jimmy Buffett Party Bus

Labor Day The Last Big Beach Weekend Of The Year In The USA

Beach Travel To Decline As Summer Fades Into Fall

The end of summer means the end of fun beach events like concerts in Hermosa Beach, CA.

Well folks, this is it, I hope you had a great summer!

Labor Day Weekend is here and it’s the last big summertime blowout in the U.S.A.

After this weekend of filling up the car with towels, chairs, games and flotable objects that’s it for going to the beach for a while (except here in California, where it’s endless summer, of course).

Now people are trading in their bikinis and board shorts for college or NFL team sweatshirts, jackets and, eventually parkas.

In a way it’s sad, like saying goodbye to family at the end of a great reunion or to friends at the end of a great trip.

But summertime and the beach are for vacations and in the fall it’s back to reality, to school and the everyday work routine.

Hopefully, the beach provided you with some relaxation, entertainment and excitement.

And a forever-sunny mentality!

Wine Tasting Tours On A Bicycle In Hermosa Beach, CA

Beach Cities Bike Tours Has Special Tour For #WineLovers

Baleen Kitchedn Redondo Beach wine night
The final stop of the wine tasting tour brings cheers King Harbor marina.


Wine Lovers have something to celebrate in the the Los Angeles South Bay.

But instead of being on the popular #WineWednesday hashtag, it’s on Thursdays.

Beach Cities Bike Tours, which gives guided tours of Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beach, also has a wine tasting tour on Thursday evenings.

The tours starts at 5 p.m., at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

From there, it’s onto wine tasting at Uncorked in Hermosa Beach, followed by wine tasting at The Bottle Inn just off The Strand in Hermosa. It finishes at BALEENKitchen in King Harbor, Redondo Beach, for its half-priced wine night which includes live music.

The tour lasts two hours (you can stay all night at Baleen if you chose, of course) and is the price $50 for groups up to 4 people. Each additional person is $10, plus it’ s$10 for each wine tasting and the wine consumed at Baleen Kitchen, of course.

You must supply your own bike; rental shops can be recommended. Tips are accepted.

Here’s how to contact Beach Cities Bike Tours:
• E-mail:
• Facebook: Beach Cities Bike Tours
• Twitter: @CABikeTours
• Phone: (310) 990-4020

Ventura Surf Rodeo Features Surfing Competitons, Music & A Beer Garden

Two-Day Festival Is July 11-12 In 2015

Ventura Surf Rodeo
The Ventura Surf Rodeo attracts thousands of people for the outdoor street fair.


It’s not a surfing safari as the Beach Boys sang about, but a surf rodeo, which other bands will be singing about in Ventura, CA.

The Ventura Surf Rodeo, taking place July 11-12, is an outdoor street fair and festival that features surfing competitions, bands and a beer garden.

It’s held at Pierpont Beach from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. It starts with the surf competitions, the street fair opens at 10 a.m., and it picks up momentum when the beer garden opens and the bands start to play at 10:30 a.m. Craft beers are only $5 in the beer garden, by the way.

The bands include Pato Banton, Jukebox 101, The Iron Outlaws, Aggrolites, Vokab Kompany and GrooveSession.

Surf legends Adam Virs and Mike McCabe are also shaping custom boards to auction for charity.

This is a ticketed event, $20 each day and $30 for both days. On site, they can be purchased at:
– Dukes Griddle and Grill 1124 S. Seaward Ave. Ventura
– Surf N Yogurt 1038 S. Seaward Ave. Ventura
– Social Tap 1105 S. Seaward Ave. Ventura
– Avenue Thrift Store 222 Ventura Ave. Ventura
– Mavericks Gym 5171 Telegragh Rd. Ventura

Parking is available in the lot along Seaward Ave. between Harbor Blvd and Pierpont Blvd. There will be a $10 charge. Additional paid parking can be found at the Marriott parking structure as well as at the public pay lot at the north end of Pierpont Blvd.

No parking is allowed in Marina Village.

The event’s official website is:


4th of July Beachgoers Please Pick Up Your Litter

Keep The Beaches Clean; Leave Only Your Footprints

Hermosa Beach litter
People leave litter all over Hermosa Beach, including right by trash cans.


When you go to the beach on the 4th of July, leave only your footprints.

Pick up your trash, your garbage, your discarded potato chip bags, the plastic bottles of water and soda, the empty beer cans, wrappers and whatever else you’ve brought to the beach and consumed.

Furthermore, if you see any trash, pick it up and put it on a trash can. And if you see anybody littering, then have a word with them.

Our beaches in America are beautiful but Americans are trashing them; in parts of Hermosa Beach, CA, people are turning a scenic beach into a ghetto.

It’s not tough to do, either. Beaches have a lot of trash cans. You go charging into the water so of course you can walk 10 steps to put your litter in a bin.

Remember the ol’ slogan “Keep America Beautiful.” Let’s all practice it on our nation’s birthday.

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Fourth Of July Weekend Weather At Beaches Across The USA

Rain To Affect Florida, East  Coast, Texas & Hawaii

Hermosa Beach Ironman 4th of July
Come rain, sun or clouds, Americans celebrate at the beach for the 4th of July.


The 4th of July is the biggest and busiest day on the USA’s beaches, but in 2015, it’s going to be wet as well as wild.

From sea to almost-shining sea, nearly every part of coastal America will get rain at last one day on the weekend. Here’s what to expect in major tourist coastal areas:


This promises the best weather, with mostly sunny skies from Monterey to San Diego. Still, it won’t be the typical blue-sky gorgeous as a bit of June Gloom is still clinging to the coast.


• Jones Beach, N.Y. – Good news here – mostly sunny! But there will be clouds, as well. Temps are pleasant, upper 70s and mid-60s.

• Martha’s Vineyard – Partly to mostly sunny with highs in the mid-70s with lows in the low 60s.

• Newport, R.I. – Pretty much the same as above, with temperatures in the upper 70s and mid-60s.

• Seaside Heights, N.J. – Thunderstorms give way to partly sunny skies on Saturday thru the weekend. And watch out for the Portuguese Man O’ War jellyfish that are washing up on Jersey beaches; those things can still sting while on the sand and pack a wallop!


• Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Good news if you arrive on Friday and it’s pouring: it will be partly to mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday. It’s warm, tho, with highs reaching 90.  So have lots of water handy on those golf courses. And lots of cold beer later in the Quarterdeck Bar in Sea Pines Plantation.

• Myrtle Beach, S.C. – I hate to put a damper on things but it’s going to be damp. Look for indoor activities.

• Ocean City, Md.  – Mostly cloudy with some sunshine and mild temperatures in the mid-70s and mid-60s.


Thunderstorms are due to soak the eastern seaboard from Datyona to Key West. The rain won’t arrive in South Florida until the 4th and that will be followed by mostly cloudy skies.

On the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach and Destin will be emerging from thundershowers on Saturday but further south, St. Pete down to Fort Meyers are looking at days of thunderstorms leading into and lasting the entire weekend.


Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are looking great, with the exception of the actual 4th when clouds move in and take away some of the sunshine.  Maui will be just escaping from three days of showers on the 4th with partly-cloudy skies.

Temperatures are warm, in the mid to upper 80s and some of that tropical humidity. Pacific style (not Florida style).


• Corpus Christi  – Sunny on Friday but giving way to showers on Saturday and Sunday. Highs are in the low-90s.

• Galveston – Slightly better in that it’s only going to rain on Saturday.

• South Padre Island – Rain Saturday and Sunday.  Look at the bright side – there’s lots of good bars in which to spend those rainy days!

Wherever you are on the Fourth of July, Surfside Sam hopes you have a great and safe one!

5 Tips For Going To The Beach On The Fourth Of July

Spending Independence Day By The Shore Across America

Hermosa Beach 4th of July
Life’s a beach for millions of Americans on the 4th of July.


No place is as popular in America on the 4th of July as the beach.

From sea to shining sea, Americans head to the coast by the millions. And with that many people, getting an open space to put down a towel, chair, toys and other things people take to the beach, can be difficult.

Heck, with traffic and parking, even getting to the beach can be a challenge.

So Surfside Sam provides these five tips for going to the beach at such a busy time.

1.) Make It A Vacation, Or Mini-Vacation

The best way to avoid the issues of getting to the beach is to be at the beach. If you have the time and money, then spend a few days and make it a vacation or mini-vacation.

2.) Plan Ahead

If you’re going for a week or just the day, it’s important to have a plan. Know your route, investigate alternate roads to account for traffic, figure out potential parking spots and have an initial “landing spot” once you arrive.

That is to say, once you’re there and parked know where precisely where you are going so you can get there in a hurry, put down your stuff and establish your spot on the beach.

If you are indecisive, someone else could grab that prime place.

3.) Suntanning – How Not To Get Burned

The best way to avoid getting a sunburn is to get a suntan.

In other words, if you’ve not been in the sun then don’t overdo it.  If you’re feeling red then put on a shirt and get out of the sun (a bar is a nice alternative!).

Even if you have a tan, then take breaks from the sun.  And I’m sure you’re going to be drinking beer or alcohol, but also be sure to hydrate!

4.) Check The Water Conditions

Before you go in the water, be sure it’s safe. You can do this by looking for any posted warning signs (rip tides can be a particular problem) and also read the conditions on the lifeguard stand. If you’re still unsure, then check with the lifeguards.

Of course, you can also use your eyes – how big is the surf, are a lot of people in the water, etc.

5.) Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Don’t worry if you forgot to pack the little things such as a bathing suit/bikini, towel or suntan lotion. You can always pick that up at a beach store, where you’ll also likely pick up t-shirts with the beach’s name on it, and other beachy clothes.

So save room in your suitcase for this when you pack.

Bonus Beach Tip: Pick Up Your Litter

When you go to the beach, don’t litter. Trash cans are everywhere so throw away all your discarded items, and be sure and throw away any bottles and cans in the recycle trash.

As one more than one beach community puts on signs: “leave only your footprints.”

Happy Fourth of July!