Annenberg Community Beach House 10th Anniversary Season Celebrates Beachside Memory-Making

April 11, 2019 11:10 AM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Since opening to the public in 2009, the Annenberg Community Beach House has hosted year-round activities for all to enjoy. This summer, the Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating its 10th Anniversary season, kicking off with “Have a Beach Ball,” an event capturing a public memory-making moment at the City of Santa Monica’s iconic facility just off the Pacific Coast Highway. Throughout the season, photos, videos and other memories past and present will be shared online at to showcase a decade of fun-in-the-sun gatherings, activities and programs enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors.

“For a decade, the Annenberg Community Beach House has been an oasis for families and visitors to make memories and enjoy the splendor of a beachside afternoon,” said Mayor Gleam Davis. “There’s no public facility quite like it and we hope residents who have yet to discover the Beach House’s programming for all ages will come out this spring and summer.”

Annenberg Foundation Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President Wallis Annenberg, shared: “It’s so wonderful to be celebrating the anniversary of the Annenberg Community Beach House. For ten years, the public has been able to enjoy this one-of-a-kind destination, with its gorgeous Santa Monica beach views, beautiful recreation and event facilities, and the impeccably restored Marion Davies Guest House and pool — now almost 100 years old! Here’s to another 10 years and beyond.”

All are invited to enjoy daily recreational swimming in the historic pool (reservations are never required), free cultural programs, community events, and recreation activities.

Have a Beach Ball (this event is sold out)

Sunday April 28, 2019

10am – 2pm

A free event inviting all to participate in a moment of memory-making with a community group photo taken from above with people creating the shape of the iconic Beach House beach ball. All participants will receive a complimentary 10th anniversary beach ball and the first 300 participants will receive a pool pass for a summer swim.


Pool Summer Hours

Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 25, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019


Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 2019 and June 8 and 9, 2019


Friday, June 14-Monday, September 2, 10am-7pm (pool closes at 4pm Saturday, August 24, 2019)

All are invited to splash in the historic Beach house pool throughout the summer. The Beach House pool is one of three public pools in the City of Santa Monica. Other facilities include the Santa Monica Swim Center and Lincoln Pool.


Summer Game Room

Friday, June 14-Monday, September 2, Free

Weekdays 11am-7pm, Weekends 10am-7pm

A spot to get out of the sun, read, enjoy board games, ping-pong and other fun activities.


Sunset Swim

Every Other Friday: July 12 to August 23, 2019

7pm - 10pm, Free

Adults (18+) can feel like kids again and enjoy treats like s’mores or frozen fruit bars, and big pool floaties as the sun sets

Marion Davies Guest House Tours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: June 14-September 2

Discover the rich history of the Beach House with Santa Monica Conservancy docents.  

Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and accommodate up to 15 people.


Beach Dances

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019

8:30am – 1:30pm, Free

Beach Dances returns to present public contemporary dance rehearsal and participatory workshops on a platform in the sand, surrounded by the daily activities of the beach. Select artists will also give a short performance Saturday 6/22 at 7pm. The week of dance is guest curated by Allison Wyper of Rhizomatic Arts.


World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Thursday, June 20, 2019

9-10am, Free

The City of Santa Monica Community Aquatics partners with the World's Largest Swim 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.

Community Picnic

Thursday, July 18, 2019

6-8:30pm, Free

An annual tradition; all are invited to pack a dinner, grab friends and family for some good old fashioned summer time fun. Planned activities include games, crafts, an epic tug-o-war and more.


Cardboard Yacht Regatta

Saturday, August 24, 2019


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.


And There Is California.

Daily: Friday May 3, 2019 to Monday, September 2, 2019

Reflecting a selection of local artists’ interactions with the seascape, "And There Is California." is a celebration of how the coast enriches the unique cultures of Los Angeles. Curated by Beck+Col. Featured artists are Santiago Acero, Diego Barrientos (Dee), Kira Doutt, Philipp Farra, Hanieh Khatibi, Serena Himmelfarb, Chloe Levaillant, Lydon MacGregor (Frank), Alicia Piller, Kelly Wall and Beck+Col.


Choreographer In Residence

Monday, July 8, 2019 to Sunday, October 6, 2019

This biennial residency for choreographers commissions a new work embedded in the life of the Beach House. Residency period will include opportunities for the public to engage with artist at dance pop-up events and open rehearsals, and conclude with free public performances from October 4, 2019 to October 6, 2019. Choreographer will be announced in April.


Summer Recreation Classes and Camps

Priority Registration for Santa Monica Residents Begins Wednesday April 24, 2019

Registration for Non-Residents Begins May 1, 2019

Summer Activities from June through September

If you or your family want to splash, stretch, kick, spike or paddle, check out the fun array of summer inspired classes for a variety of ages.  There’s floating fitness workout, stand up paddleboarding, semi-private swim classes, synchronized swimming, yoga, and beach volleyball.


SMPL on the Beach

Friday, June 28, 2019 and Friday, August 16, 2019

10am – 3pm


SoCal’s only seaside pop-up library, enjoy family friendly activities like Seaside Storytime and Nautical Crafts. Sign out books from our curated collection of beach reads, enjoy games like bocce and ladder toss, or kick back, relax and read in the shade of our Surfside Lounge.



More information and program information can be found at or by calling 310-458-4904.


About the Annenberg Community Beach House


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 Annenberg Community 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.


To discover all the Beach House has to offer, call 310-458-4904 or visit


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