Hermosa Beach is one of the most popular places in the world for beach volleyball, and is home to the AVP Hermosa Beach Open tournament, which usually takes place mid June each year. With an average daytime air temperature of 75 °F and water temperature of68 °F in the summer (winter temperatures are 65 °F and 50 °F respectively), the beach is, of course, also the center for other popular activities, such as sunbathing, surfing, kite-flying, and much more. In July and August, the city puts on free Sunset Concerts at the pier, bringing visitors from all over the LA area to the waters for an evening picnic and lots of fun.
When the sun sets, Hermosa Beach offers a wide variety for dining and entertainment, from the legendary Lighthouse Cafe to the trendy and sexy Blue 32, and everything in between. For blues lovers, Cafe Boogaloo offers great Cajun food to go with the excellent big-name talent on the stage. If you prefer your food without music, have your pick from some 50 restaurants, serving Sushi, Italian, Thai, Mexican, and pretty much any other type of food you can think of.
Established in 1987, The Hermosa Beach Historical Society & Museum exists for the purpose of preserving and chronicling the history of Hermosa Beach. Its offices and the museum are located in the Hermosa Beach Community Center, where the public can view historical memorabilia and other materials pertaining to the history of the City of Hermosa Beach.
Hermosa Beach is home to a number of fairs, festivals, and events each year. One of the most anticipated is the Fiesta Hermosa, which is held in both May and September, over the Memorial and Labor Day weekends. With the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, the Fiesta brings nearly three hundred arts and crafts vendors to town, along with live music ranging from classic rock to Calypso, jazz to hip hop. There is something for all ages, including a Kids Carnival, petting zoo, beer garden and dozens of food vendors–the most popular of which is reported to be the Hermosa Beach lifeguards’ famous fish tacos.
Every Friday locals can shop for fresh produce and specialty goods at the Hermosa Beach Farmers Market. In the summer months, residents pack children and picnic items into red wagons and roll to the beach for the free concert series. August brings the famed Aloha Days Surf Festival, while December brings the Tree Lighting on the Pier, where Santa delights children by arriving via fire truck.