Port Wraps Up Most Successful Summer Yet of Events and Activities on the LA Waterfront

The Port's 3rd Annual Cars & Stripes Forever! event on July 1st attracted more than 17,000 to the LA Waterfront.

SAN PEDRO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Port of Los Angeles has just wrapped up an unprecedented number of summer events, several of which were held at newly renovated LA Waterfront locations. From concerts to car shows, fireworks to festivals, the events attracted tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. They included nearly 40,000 people who turned out recently for the 13th annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the world.

“Creating a sense of place and destination is at the heart of our efforts to develop a world-class waterfront”

“Creating a sense of place and destination is at the heart of our efforts to develop a world-class waterfront,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “We’re pleased that our events had something everyone could enjoy, and feedback indicates that the activities were enjoyed by the local community and out-of-area visitors.”

The Port’s 2011 summertime schedule of events included:

  • Wilmington Waterfront Park Grand Opening – In June, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa and thousands of community residents joined the Port in dedicating this new 30-acre waterfront park at Harry Bridges Boulevard between Figueroa and Avalon Boulevards. The $55 million community-gathering space spans nine blocks and features rolling lawns, a fountain, playground and barbeques. Photos here.
  • Summer Concerts on the LA Waterfront – From late June to early September, more than 5,000 guests attended the nine free summer concerts held at the Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountain, California’s largest and most spectacular waterworks located at Harbor Boulevard and the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. Guests enjoyed everything from blues, rock, swing and dance music as well as pre-concert family-fun entertainment. Next summer’s concerts are slated for Thursday nights in July and August. Photos here.
  • Cars & Stripes Forever! – Adding an evening fireworks show for the first time, the third annual Cars & Stripes Forever! classic car show and firework display drew more than 17,000 visitors, just in time to kick off the July 4th holiday weekend. The event featured hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, live music, a food and beer garden, and a spectacular fireworks display. Mark your calendar for next year’s show: June 29, 2012. Photos here
  • Taste in San Pedro at the Port of L.A. – In August, this popular event, hosted by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, came to the Harbor Boulevard Parkway Promenade. In its 23rd year, the event