What’s New in Santa Monica this Spring?

Santa Monica welcomes spring with the grand opening of the Sandbourne Santa Monica and new seasonal menus, along with exciting cultural events and exhibitions exploring the city’s rich history and LGBTQ+-friendly festivities.

The spring season blooms with excitement in Santa Monica, with the latest seasonal menus, arts & culture events and new hotel openings happening across the city. Santa Monica offers an unforgettable Southern California beach city experience set along 3.5 miles of stunning coastline for visitors looking to make the most of the longer hours of sunlight. With 40 world-class hotels, over 400 celebrated restaurants, and eight neighbourhoods across 8.3 square miles, there is no better place to plan a spring vacation.


Sandbourne Santa Monica (Pier/Ocean Ave) – Formerly Le Merigot Santa Monica, this reimagined hotel set along the iconic Ocean Avenue promises the utmost in chic design by architect Gulla Jónsdóttir. Guests will discover 175 guest rooms and suites, each a haven of comfort and style, and enjoy culinary delights at the new restaurant by acclaimed local Chef Raphael Lunetta, just steps from the coastline.

Sonder The Beacon (Downtown/Third Street) – Chef Chris Sayegh brings his Jordanian heritage to life at his latest restaurant Layla, nestled within this bespoke hotel. Guests can savour timeless Middle Eastern recipes passed down through generations, infused with a modern twist and influenced by French culinary techniques. Perched atop Sonder The Beacon, The Coco Club is Santa Monica’s only open-air rooftop bar and lounge where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the serene seaside whilst sipping on meticulously crafted cocktails.

Hotel Casa del Mar (Pier/Ocean Ave) – Now at Hotel Casa del Mar, diners at 1 Pico can enjoy an ocean-view restaurant with a fresh spring menu. Chef Sean Runyon sources local ingredients from the world-famous Santa Monica Farmers Market to craft 1 Pico’s seasonal menu.


The critically acclaimed Southeast Asian brasserie in Downtown/Third Street, Cassia’s new menu celebrates the vibrant flavours of Chef Bryant Ng’s Chinese-Singapore heritage. These exciting new dishes strike a unique balance of soulful, ancestral cuisine with California sensibility all while utilising high-quality locally farmed ingredients. For sandwich enthusiasts, B&T’s Deli nestled along a stretch of chic boutiques and charming eateries on Montana Avenue, creates plant-based subs with ingredients that everyone knows and loves.


18th Street Arts Center (Ocean Park/Airport) – Art lovers can explore Karla Diaz’s first-ever solo exhibition titled “Karla Diaz: Wait ‘til Your Mother Gets Home” at the 18th Street Arts Center Airport Campus through June 22, where she delves into the American Mexican identity from the 1970s to the present day in 37 new and recent works.

UnHoused: A History of Housing in Santa Monica (Downtown/Third Street) – From the Tongva people to its contemporary status as a bustling beach town metropolis, this exhibition held at the Santa Monica History Museum delves into the heart of Santa Monica’s housing legacy, offering insights into its policies and development over time.

Save the Pier! Play (Pier/Ocean Ave) – This live reenactment of the play “Save the Pier!” will depict the events that took place in the 1970s when two groups of passionate citizens worked diligently to save the iconic Santa Monica Pier. 

SAMO Pride (Citywide) – Visitors and locals alike will experience the beauty of Santa Monica with its array of LGBTQ+-friendly hotels, restaurants, and activities, while also hosting SAMO Pride festivities throughout June.

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