Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

City of Santa Monica

A crowd of people watching a performance outdoors at the beach

at Annenberg Community
Beach House

Come join us

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and ideas events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Beach=Culture features exhibitions, artist residencies, literary programs and other scheduled and pop-up arts experiences. Come down to the beach and find the unexpected - poetry amidst the swimmers, sculpture alongside volleyball players, dance in the middle of the sand.

We’re located at:

415 Pacific Coast Hwy
Santa Monica, CA 90402

[email protected] (Upcoming events: Quick RSVP)


Several times a year local artists work out of an office at the Marion Davies Guest House, sharing their progress with the public in person and online. Year-round the Beach=Culture program presents events associated with residencies. Residents include annual Fall and Spring Writers and alternating-year Choreographers and Social Practice Artists.

Check out the resident blog.

Past artists

Beach House Artist-in-Residence Therese Kelly leads a tour about water usage, 2018
Therese Kelly, Under the Umbrella, 2018

Apply for a residency

For more information about artist residency applications and calls for curators, please visit Opportunities or join the email list to be notified of future calls.

For questions about the Residency, please call 310.458.2257 or send an email to [email protected].

Beach Dances

An annual celebration of dance in the midst of the daily life of the Beach House, every June. Beach House guests and passersby are invited to participate in workshops and view open rehearsals and performances with local choreographers.

2019 Program

Tuesday, June 18 – Sunday, June 23
Online Schedule/RSVP
Complete program information (PDF)
Jay Carlon, Four Triangles, performed during Beach Dances, June 2018
Jay Carlon, Four Triangles, performed by Raymond Ejiofor, Shauna Davis, Kim Thompson & Samuel Wentz, Beach Dances 2018

Three exhibits each year showcase the work of regional artists and artist groups – both emerging and established. The gallery program is designed to inspire Beach House guests with fun, challenging, and provocative art in an unexpected context.

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fall, Winter & Spring
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hours are subject to change. To confirm, please call 310-458-4904.

2019 Program

This year’s exhibitions take as their theme “collective memory and celebration.”

Other Programs

Year-round, check out literary events with local presses and literary organizations, discussions of art and ideas and other happenings.

Upcoming Events

City of Santa Monica Calendar

Getting Here

Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. If you require any special disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.), please contact us at [email protected], call us at (310) 458-8350 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 days prior to the event.

Shared Mobility Devices cannot be used within the facility. Electric scooters are not allowed on the bike path.


Take the Expo line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. The beach house is 1.8 miles away from the station.
Metro information


Take the Big Blue Bus or Metro Bus.


Metro Bikes are available at the Downtown Santa Monica Station. Bike racks are available at the beach house.
Information for bicyclists


Parking is available at the Beach House and in Beach Lots 9 & 8 North. Machines in three areas of the Beach House lot take cards and cash. For evening events, please note that the lot stays open after stated times and payments are still required.
Parking information

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