Summer Kicks off This Saturday at Annenberg Beach House


Via press release:

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Another great summer of fun is planned at the Annenberg Community Beach House, a City of Santa Monica-operated public facility just off the Pacific Coast Highway. The Beach House summer season begins Saturday, June 9, 2018 and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018. All are invited to enjoy daily recreational swimming in the historic pool (reservations are never required), free cultural programs, community events, and recreation activities. There is no fee to enjoy many site features and amenities like the splash pad, playground, guest house docent tours and the summer game room.

In addition to a roster of enjoyable programs, guests will notice some upgrades, including new furniture at Santa Monica’s historic beachside facility. “We’re excited to showcase new outdoor furniture, including new chaise lounges and seating on the pool deck made possible with support from the Annenberg Foundation,” said Nan Friedman, Beach House Venue Manager. “We hopepeople will enjoy the refreshed site, more comfortable furniture, and new array of seating options.”

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Site Information

Between Saturday, June 9, 2018 and Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018, the AnnenbergCommunity Beach House site will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Transportation & Parking:

  • Lot parking is available at 415 Pacific Coast Highway on a first come, first served basis, with limited advance parking passes available at
  • Take Big Blue Bus #9 to the intersection of Entrada Dr/Channel Rd and Pacific Coast Highway. Use the underground walking path to get across PCH to the beach, and then head south along the bike path toward the Beach House. Route 9 schedule information.
  • Use Breeze Bike Share to cycle the Beach House. Station available onsite.

Food & Beverage:

  • Visit the adjacent Back on the Beach Café.
  • Pack snacks in eco-friendly reusable containers and ditch the straw to help reduce trash and keep the beach clean.

Helpful Summer Tips:

  • Eliminate parking hassles! Ditch your car in favor of a drop off/pick-up service, bike, scooter or board ride, especially weekends and Mondays!
  • Three 5-minute parking spots are available by guest services for convenient drop-off and quick questions.
  • Leave Fido at home. Dogs are prohibited at the Beach House and on Santa Monica State Beach (Santa Monica Municipal Code 4.04.160).

Pool: Drop In and Reservations


The pool will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.* with walk-up pool passes on sale daily at 9 a.m. All members of the party must be present when purchasing passes. A limited number of reservations will be available one to three days in advance starting at 7 a.m., online via Account login required. Click ACTIVITIES, search keyword “ACBH POOL” and select an available date. Limit six pool passes and one parking reservation. Reservations must be picked up by 11 a.m.

*Pool closes at 5:30 p.m. on 8/25 to prepare for the Cardboard Yacht Regatta.


Summer Events and Activities:


World’s Largest Swimming Lesson – June 21, 7 -8 p.m.
The City of Santa Monica Community Aquatics partners with the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson to offer free youth swimming lessons focusing on water safety. Held at the Beach House and Santa Monica Swim Center, this event is open to City of Santa Monica residents. Space is limited. For ages 6-10. Free RSVP available on first-come, first-served basis.

Out of the Blue, a series of creative projects showcasing art-making in action. From July 10 – August 12 visual Artist Molly Allis will be creating “The Storytelling Machine,” a kinetic sculpture that tells the story of a child’s wonderful day. From August 13 – August 31, artist and environmental activist Therese Kelly will illuminate our relationship with water in a hybrid art and interpretive project called “Under the Umbrella.” Artists will lead workshops and tours showcasing the projects.

Beach Dances: Repetitions performance* – June 9, and June 10, 6:30 – 7 p.m. – Inspired by sacred geometries, cosmic alignments, resonant frequencies, random number generators and chladni plates, local dance company CARLON performs the world premiere of choreographer Jay Carlon’s △▽△▽ [four triangles]. FreeRSVP.

*Part of a weeklong contemporary dance series of open rehearsals, workshops and performances. More at

Pop-Up Library – Fridays, June 29 and August 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Santa Monica Public Library comes to the beach with family friendly activities, a curated collection of beach reads, beach games and a Surfside Lounge.

Community Picnic – Thursday, July 19, 6 – 8:30 p.m. An annual tradition; all are invited to pack a dinner, grab friends and family and head over to the Beach House for the Community Picnic. Planned activities include games, crafts, an epic tug-o-war and more.

Monday Fun Day – Every Monday, June 11 – August 27, 12 – 4 p.m. Planned crafts and activities for youth and their adults under a canopy on the sand.

Cardboard Yacht Regatta – Saturday August 25, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Teams of two test the seaworthiness of their homemade cardboard yachts in a race across the Beach House pool. Entrants must register and construct boats prior to the event, spectators are welcome.

Sunset Swim – July 13August 10, and September 14, 7 – 10 p.m., Adults can feel like kids again and enjoy treats like s’mores or frozen fruit bars, and big pool floaties as the sun sets at this 18+ event.

In the Gallery – On view through September 6, Latinidad in Focus: Sin fronteras, featuring photographers Marilyn Montufar, Enio Hernandez and Vanessa Briones. This exhibition seeks to further the dialogue about immigrant culture, the current political climate as well as on each artists’ experiences as first-generation Americans, and document Latino communities in the United States and Latin America.

Recreation and Workout Classes and Camps – Registration now open, classes and Elite Volleyball Camp begin June 10. Choose from a variety of recreation activities and sports, from beach volleyball camps and classes for youth and adults, stand up paddleboardingBOGAFiT pool workouts, Yoga, and Aqualillies Synchronized Swim Class.

More information at or 310-458-4904. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant, for disability related accommodations, please call 310-458-4904.


The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is owned by the State of California and operated by the City of Santa Monica. The AnnenbergCommunity Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the direction of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

The Beach House story is one of evolution from private to public, starting with the development of the property at 415 Pacific Coast Highway as an opulent private estate of silent film star Marion Davies in the 1920s.

More info: @Annenbergbeachhouse #SMBeachHouse

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