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2019 4th of July Events and Fireworks Shows

Saturday, June 29th, 2019
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The 4th of July is a special time of year in all fifty states, and for many, it’s the holiday that best symbolizes the height of summer. Find out how to make the most of this special occasion with our guide to the 2019 4th of July Events and fireworks shows in Santa Monica.

Independence Day Celebration – June 29th

This year, the biggest fireworks in Santa Monica will be seen at the Independence Day Celebration on June 29th. Folks will gather from 5:00 to 10:00 P.M. at Corsair Field, on the campus of Santa Monica College, but you can start tailgating in the parking lot as early as 4:00. The live music and entertainment will go on at 6:00, and the 4th of July fireworks will start flying over Santa Monica at 9:00.

Parking is $5, but the event is otherwise completely free! Animals, alcohol, and chairs with pointed legs are all prohibited. 

Looking for a place to grab a drink or a meal after the show? Check out our guides to the best restaurants in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, or West Hollywood.

4th of July Parade in Santa Monica

On Independence Day itself, the city of Santa Monica will collaborate with the Ocean Park Association to put on the 13th annual 4th of July Parade. This family-friendly holiday event will start at 9:30 A.M, at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Main Street. From there, the red, white, and blue participants will travel down Main, to the point where Marine meets Barnard Way. The parade will end near Ocean View Park.

After the morning parade, we wouldn’t be surprised if you were looking for more fun things to do on the 4th of July in Santa Monica! Although the city won’t be putting on its own fireworks show that day, you may still want to head down to Santa Monica Beach or Ocean Avenue. Both are great places to watch any displays that happen to light up the sky.

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Our city is full of exciting events and celebrations, and not only on the 4th of July! Before you plan your next night out or gear up for an exciting holiday, you’ll want to check in with the Volkswagen Santa Monica blog for ideas, tips, and information. If you had a fun time with one of our recommendations, or if you want to share some news with your friends and neighbors, we hope that you’ll contact us today!

Holiday Events, Downtown LA 2018

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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At Volkswagen of Santa Monica, we love to tell you about places you can take your new VW to have a good time. Read on to learn about the 2018 Christmas activities in Downtown LA guaranteed to show you and your new car a good time.

The Grove

For a Christmas celebration worthy of a West Hollywood Saturday night, try The Grove. This year’s winter Wonderland in LA happening now through Christmas Day 2018, includes a 100-foot Christmas tree, nightly snowfall at 7:00 and 8:00 PM and live entertainment. Pet lovers can drop by on December 11th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM for pictures of your furry friend with Santa.

A Queen Mary Christmas

For a truly elegant Christmas experience that might make Beverly Hills shopping seem bland, venture down to the Queen Mary between now and January 6, 2019, for indoor ice skating, a holiday dinner show, and of course, pictures with Santa himself.

Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Magic Mountain is just a short drive from Culver City and well worth it to check out holiday in the park. This year they’ll have more than two million lights and seven uniquely themed areas perfect for the whole family. Drop by daily from December 15 through 30th 2008 for live caroling and holiday-themed acrobatics.

Snow Wonder

On December 8th Burton chase park in Marina del Rey transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland. Stop by from noon to 6 PM for tons of real snow, alive DJ, food, arts and crafts, and so much more. Entry is free with food purchase.


Venture in from Brentwood to grab a picture with the Grinch himself and feel your heart grow three sizes too! Enjoy the Whoville carolers, catch the lighting of the splendid Whoville Christmas tree, and relax and let Cindy Lou Who lull you into the holiday spirit with story time.

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These wonderful activities are only the beginning of Santa Monica’s offerings. Check out our other city pages to see what attractions there are for visitors our favorite Santa Monica beach restaurants and the best places to take Fido for a run and socializing.

The Environmental Media Association

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Whether you live in West Hollywood or you make your home in Culver City, you and your family rely on your environment to provide the food, water, and air that keeps you healthy, whole, and safe. That’s why we support the Environmental Media Association and all they do to help keep our world green.

Who Is the EMA?

The Environmental Media Association in Beverly Hills, CA is one of a handful of Los Angeles non-profits whose focus is on protecting the environment. The EMA is made up of entertainment personalities, green icons, entrepreneurs, and technology icons, each devoted to spreading the message of environmental protection and the importance of living a more sustainable lifestyle.

What Does the EMA Do?

Like all sustainable non-profits, EMA spends a portion of their time raising funds for their many programs, some of which include:

  • Green My School: EMA garden program aims to teach children about the importance of organic gardening and helping to bring community gardens to schools across the country. These gardens not only provide an essential teaching tool, but they also give the children access to fresh fruits and vegetable as well.
  • EMA Green Seal: The EMA Green Seal program honors sustainable production and those companies ready to go the extra mile to ensure their productions help, rather than harm the environment.
  • Impact Summit: EMA brings together corporations, scientists, influencers, start-ups, and public personalities to brainstorm new ways to bring innovative solutions to environmental problems to the public.
  • Messaging: EMA uses the latest messaging platforms, including social media, podcasts, and PSAs to connect with the public and drive home the message of sustainability and spread the message that our efforts are having a positive impact.

Since the Environmental Media Association was founded in 1989, their message of hope and help has reached millions worldwide. And, with more high-profile faces joining the cause every day, they will continue to be a major influence on environmental issues for decades to come.

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To learn more about the Environmental Media Association, and to learn how you can help, visit them here. When you’re done, visit our other city pages to learn more about life in LA and the activities available from Brentwood to Marina del Rey. Our latest pages cover the best dog parks in LA, our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, and attractions and activities to keep you active year-round.

5 Great Brentwood, CA Restaurants

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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If you’ve been wondering where to eat in Brentwood, we have a few suggestions to tickle your taste buds and give you another good reason to hop into your new Volkswagen and head out on the road today.

Winston Pies

Because who doesn’t love pie? Winston Pies creates flaky, decadent treats in every flavor you can imagine, including hard-to-find Southern favorites like the Chocolate Cowgirl — a fudge and caramel confection on a salted oatmeal crust. Grab a full-sized pie to share or hoard a 2.5-inch baby pie for yourself. We won’t judge.

Location: 11678 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Contact: (310) 207-5PIE


In keeping with our dessert theme, we recommend Compartes. They serve up some of the finest organic chocolate truffles, bars, and other treats you’ll find outside of Beverly Hills, as well as custom-printed chocolates perfect for gift-giving.

Location: 912 S. Barrington, Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (310) 826-3380


An upscale steakhouse with some of the finest, freshest seafood you’ll find outside of Marina Del Rey, Baltaire is the perfect restaurant to visit when you want to impress your date. Choose any of the chef-inspired creations off the menu or have the Dover Sole prepared at your table for an extra touch of pizzazz.

Location: 11647 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (424) 273-1660


A great little brunch place in Santa Monica, Farmshop is an artisanal restaurant, bakery, and market all in one. Sit down with friends and enjoy the homey atmosphere then grab some fresh bread and aged cheeses. Take some home to Culver City and prepare a second course for later!

Location: 225 26th St, Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA
Contact: (310) 566-2400

Il Piccolo Verde

Il Piccolo Verde is an Italian eatery that serves pizza and pasta to hungry diners as late as 3:00 a.m. Hit the clubs in West Hollywood then wander in for a plate of carbs and rich sauce. The food is authentic and filling and the prices are reasonable, so there’s no reason to deny yourself a treat.

Location: 140 S Barrington Place, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (310) 472-4939

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Indulge yourself with something flavorful and, when you’re done, check out our other city guides to find great places to hike or Santa Monica attractions guaranteed to make you smile.

Beverly Hills Restaurants

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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If you’re looking for places to eat in Beverly Hills, rely on Volkswagen Santa Monica! We’ve scoured the city, from West Hollywood to Marina Del Rey to find the best options for delicious meals for any occasion. Check out our favorite restaurants in the area below.


The flagship sushi bar that launched Nobu Matsuhisa’s global conquest, Matsuhisa is still a crowd favorite with its reasonable prices, wide variety of tasty dishes, and relaxed feel. Sample the special sushi platter, the sashimi tacos, or explore traditional Japanese favorites in a Bento box lunch.

Location: 129 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

Lawry’s is a legendary spot for more than just well-balanced seasoning salts. Lawry’s started making exquisite meats in grand style. Choose from house favorites, such as the prime rib that made the Lawry’s name famous, or opt for lighter dishes like the perfectly prepared Atlantic Salmon.

Location: 100 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

CUT Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck’s answer to the steakhouse is alive and well at CUT. The restaurant specializes in delightful cuts of meat prepared with exceptional care. At CUT, you can expect your cut of meat to be prepared with only the finest spices from around the world. Sample maple cured hams, blue crab and shrimp louie, or dive into a ribeye and live large.

Location: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

The Polo Lounge

Los Angeles’ premier outdoor dining destination offers perfectly prepared breakfasts, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, and dinners served al fresco – your way. Dive into a signature McCarthy salad, enjoy the smooth jazz, and enjoy a SoCal evening as only the Polo Lounge can present it.

Location: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Nate ‘n Al

For something a little less formal, check out this iconic Jewish deli with a 70-year history of bringing the best deli favorite foods around. Grab a classic pastrami on rye, try a more exotic smoked cod plate, or dig into a hearty bowl of gumbo for a meal that will warm you from the inside out.

Location: 414 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA

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Grab a bite to eat at one of these delightful stops and, when you’re ready to explore Los Angeles further, check out our handy city guides to discover new places to eat in Santa Monica, great attractions around the valley, and our favorite Santa Monica beaches to enjoy with friends. Ready to explore more of the area? Contact us today!

Best Ice Skating Rinks in LA and Santa Monica

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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If you find yourself filled with despair because there are no ways to enjoy traditional winter activities in Sunny California, have we got news for you! Check out our top picks for places to go ice skating this winter in LA and Santa Monica. And, when you’re done, drop by Volkswagen of Santa Monica to see which new VW can get you there the fastest.

ICE at Santa Monica

ICE at Santa Monica is just north of Marina Del Rey and features an 8,000-square-foot rink, concessions, skate rentals, private cabanas, and an enclosed tot spot to help keep your littlest skaters safe. The rink is open from early November until mid-January.

Location: 1324 5th St., Downtown Santa Monica

Contact: (310) 260-1199

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

If you’re not interested in running out to West Hollywood to find your winter wonderland, why not try Pershing Square Park in the Business District instead? The outdoor rink is one of the biggest in the city and offers skate rentals — just in case you don’t have a pair laying around. They also have special events throughout the season, including curling lessons and Ice Disco!

Location: 1532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles

Contact: (213) 624-4289

Chill at the Queen Mary

The legendary ship transforms into a winter vision, complete with a 300-foot-long zip line, a 100-foot long ice slide, an ice bar, and yes, ice skating. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that’s just a quick drive down from Culver City in Long Beach — and well worth the effort.

Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

Contact: (877) 342-0752

LA Kings Holiday Ice LA Live

Looking for an excuse to leave Brentwood or Beverly Hills for some winter fun? Check out the massive ice rink complete with LED light shows sponsored by the LA Kings. They have three locations this year: Westfield Topanga, LA Live, and the Pike Outlets for your convenience.

Location: Varies

Contact: (877) 234-8425

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Ice skating near Los Angeles is always an unforgettable experience! For more inspiration this holiday season, check out our other guides on the best hiking spots in LA and Santa Monica attractions you shouldn’t miss.

Best Brunch in West Hollywood

Monday, November 5th, 2018
friends at brunch

If you’re ready to show off your new Volkswagen, but don’t think shopping in Beverly Hills is quite the ticket, how about a relaxing brunch in West Hollywood? Below are our top picks. Check them out and let us know which ones make your list this weekend.



Otus Thai

With some of the best Thai food you’ll find outside of Marina Del Rey, Otus Thai might not even be on your radar for brunch, but it should be. Every Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:00 a.m., Otus serves up a unique fusion of foods with favorites like Thai-style omelet rice bowls, roti bread with fried eggs, rice porridge — and for the traditionalists — pancakes and waffles.

Location: 1253 N La Brea Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 969-8611

Gracias Madre

Take a little trip towards Brentwood and treat yourself to a unique meatless Mexican restaurant which serves a variety of plant-based favorites in a warm, open atmosphere perfect for people watching. Choose from sweet brunch favorites like the Plantain French Toast or go spicy with the Chimichanga — it’s all good at Gracias Madre.

Location: 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 978-2170

Kings Road Café

If you don’t fancy a trip to Culver City for an intimate brunch spot, then Kings Road Café is worth a look. They offer some of the best coffee in the city, as well as a solid selection of breakfast favorites like the chorizo omelet, blueberry French toast, and avocado toast.

Location: 8361 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Contact: (323) 655-9044

Breakfast by Salt’s Cure

Called one of the most affordable breakfast joints in the city, Breakfast by Salt Cure might be one of the most popular, too. The West Hollywood location serves only a limited breakfast-only menu, but for $10 you can get a hearty plate of oatmeal griddle cakes, so it’s hard to complain.

Location: 7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

Contact: (323) 848-4879

The Fat Dog Fairfax

While mostly known as a drink and light meal place, The Fat Dog Fairfax offers a lot of hearty weekend options like short rib hash, breakfast pizza, vegetable frittata, and more. It almost makes rolling out of bed before noon worth it.

Location: 801 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles CA

Contact: (323) 951-0030

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If you missed brunch, don’t fret. Check out a few more of our favorite West Hollywood restaurantsLet us know what you think of our picks in the comments section below and, while you’re at it, check out our other city guides to find the best hiking spots near Los Angeles and things to do in Santa Monica to make your lazy day complete.