Marina del Rey Celebrates 50th Birthday Bash with Events, Hotel Packages and Dining Promotions

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L.A.’s Marina and Popular Waterside Destination Kicks off MarinaFest Weekend, April 10-12, 2015

Aerial View of Marina del Rey

Celebrate and discover Marina del Rey as it marks its 50th birthday as L.A.’s Marina with MarinaFest April 10-12, 2015, a weekend of events and special activities. In addition, locals and visitors can take part in the celebration by enjoying special 50th birthday promotions and deals from participating hotels and restaurants.

Schedule of Activities: Celebrants will enjoy on-board Tall Ship Tours, cannon battles, day sails on the Santa Monica Bay, historic harbor tours, kids activities, a boat and classic car show, local food trucks, fireworks, and a free live concert at Burton Chace Park by Three Dog Night. Event highlights are listed below, with a full schedule of events available online. Burton Chace Park is located at 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, California 90292. For more information, directions and information about parking, visit

Friday, April 10

  • 12 – 3 p.m. - On-board Tall Ship Tours,
  • 12 – 6 p.m. - Historic Harbor Tours ($1)
  • 3 – 10 p.m. - Water Taxi Service ($1)
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. - Tall Ship Cannon Battle
  • 5 p.m. - Official Commemorative Ceremony
  • 5 – 8 p.m. - On-board Tall Ship Tours,
  • 6 p.m. - 50th Birthday Cake Cutting
  • 7 p.m. - Three Dog Night concert at Burton Chace Park
  • 8:30 p.m. - Fireworks

Saturday, April 11

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. - Boat Parade
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Boat Show, Exhibitors & Kids Activities
  • 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. - Historic Harbor Tours ($1)
  • 1 - 7 p.m. - On-board Tall Ship Tours,
  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. - Tall Ship Day Sail

Sunday, April 12

  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. - On-board Tall Ship Tours,
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Boat Show, Classic Car Show and Exhibitor & Kids Activities
  • 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Historic Harbor Tours ($1)
  • 1 – 2:30 p.m. - Tall Ship Day Sail
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. - Tall Ship Cannon Battle
  • 5 – 7 p.m. - On-board Tall Ship Tours,

Special Promotions: In addition to the Marina festivities, hotels and restaurants will offer special discounts and promotions in celebration of Marina del Rey’s 50th birthday. Special prices honor 1965 (the year the harbor was officially dedicated) and the Marina’s golden year.

Highlights include:

  • $196.50 per night room rates at Foghorn Harbor Inn
  • $50.00 dining credit and 15% off room rate at the newly renovated Marina del Rey Hotel
  • $50.00 hotel credit at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
  • 50% off all house cocktails at Beachside Restaurant & Bar
  • $19.65 prix fixe menu at El Torito and Whiskey Red’s
  • $50.00 three-course, prix fixe menu at Cafe del Rey, including special 50th birthday cake
  • Commemorative Birthday shirt with purchase of $19.65 menu at Tony P’s Dockside Grill & Bar

A variety of other promotions and discounts are available throughout the Marina at Hornblower Cruises & Events, Marina Grill & Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn, Pizzarito N.Y. Pizza by the Slice, SALT at the Marina del Rey Hotel, and Sinder Lounge at the Marina del Rey Marriott.

Additionally, the Marina del Rey Visitors Bureau will hold an Instagram contest to help promote the weekend events. To participate, attendees should share their images of the 50th birthday festivities using #mdr50 and tagging @marinadelrey_ca. Ten lucky winners will receive a $50 gift card to a Marina del Rey restaurant.

About Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau
Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization that promotes leisure and business travel for Los Angeles’ premier waterfront destination. Situated along the Los Angeles coastline and only 4 miles from LAX, Marina del Rey is the largest small craft manmade harbor in North America and is the gateway to Southern California with sparkling marina views, on-the-water recreation, waterfront dining and contemporary hotels just steps from the water’s edge - all walking distance from world-famous Venice Beach. For more information, log on to or contact 310.306.9900.

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