Downtown Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, Wednesdays 8:30 to 1:30, Saturdays 8:30 to 1:00, Arizona Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets. This world-famous open-air market is the place to go for the highest quality and largest selection of locally grown produce. Home cooks and award-winning chefs rub elbows over exotic citrus fruits, eye-popping greens, freshly picked berries and more varieties of tomatoes, tubers, squash and mushrooms than you ever knew existed.
Cirque du Soleil, the awe-inspiring extravaganza that blends world-class acrobatics, clowning, dance and music, returns to Santa Monica with a new production, OVO, beginning January 20th, 2012 under the Grand Chapiteau adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. www.cirquedusoleil.com
American Film Market. Each fall, over 8,000 entertainment industry leaders from over 70 countries descend on Santa Monica for a week of screenings, deal-making, seminars, networking and parties. More than $800 million in deals will be sealed over the course of the week making AFM a must-attend industry event for filmmakers, distributors, international sales companies, studio executives and financiers. www.americanfilmmarket.com
The Los Angeles Marathon is held every March. For over a quarter-century, elite endurance athletes and ambitious amateurs from around the world have competed in this long-distance foot race, which begins in Downtown L.A. and ends 26.2 miles away at the Pacific Ocean in Downtown Santa Monica. www.lamarathon.com