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Arts & Culture – Wilmington, CA

Arts & Culture

This historic port town is the perfect setting for enjoying a wide variety of arts and culture.

Our arts and culture calendar begins with a Victorian Christmas at the Mansion and Drum Barracks, and includes four seasons of “Art Walks” and a classic car show with fireworks that draws thousands … and these are just the highlights. The growing arts and culture scene in Wilmington has something for everyone.

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Christmastime

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS – BANNING MANSION AND DRUM BARRACKS View Details

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You will create wonderful memories at our Victorian Christmas Celebration and Open House, held during the first weekend of December. Bring the whole family. FREE of charge to enjoy festive period entertainment, tours of the Museum decorated in holiday splendor, refreshments, a children’s Victorian craft and a horse-drawn trolley ride between The Banning Museum and Drum Barracks Civil War Museum.

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VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON View Details

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Join us as we kick off the holidays in style with our annual Christmas luncheon in the historic Stagecoach Barn. Guests will enjoy an elegant plated lunch, special live holiday entertainment, an exclusive look at the Banning Mansion decorated for Christmas. This very popular event has limited seating and sells out very quickly. We are taking reservations NOW.

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A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS – DRUM BARRACKS MUSEUM View Details

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Take the horse drawn trolley from the Banning Mansion to the Drum Barracks and be transported to Wilmington during the Civil War. The museum will be decorated beautifully for the season and you will want to return again for a full tour. (Be sure to save some time to stop by the Drum Barracks Park across the street, and climb the camels!)

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WILMINGTON HOLIDAY PARADE View Details

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Catch a view of classic cars, the supercharged Banning Pilots Marching Band, dancing Mexican horses, the Challenger Stagecoach from the Banning Mansion and Civil War Re-enactment Soldiers, much more. The parade route is under the historic royal palms that line Avalon Blvd, from Anaheim to L Street

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Wintertime

TEA & TUNES LUNCHEON – AT THE BANNING MANSION View Details

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This intimate annual event is held at the Banning Museum Stagecoach Barn 401 East M Street Wilmington, CA 90744. Join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day with an enchanting afternoon of specially selected teas, an elegant light luncheon and live music. This is not your mother’s tea! Don’t forget to don your hats, gloves and finery. Sponsored by THE SISTERS

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Springtime

A DAY IN THE GARDEN – AT THE BANNING MANSION View Details

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“A Day in the Garden” is held in April each year at The Banning Museum. FREE activities include lectures, garden themed crafts, tasty samples of botanically inspired treats presented by our “Taste of History” committee and an introduction to our new California Native Garden. We will also have a lovely display of blooms and visitors are welcome to participate by bringing examples from their own gardens! For more information on how to participate or to RSVP please call (310) 548-2005.

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Summertime

CARS & STRIPES FOREVER (SAN PEDRO – Harbor Blvd. & the Vincent Thomas Bridge) View Details

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This is the perfect way to kick-off the July 4th holiday. Fireworks
The “San Pedro Paul Mall” will be lined with more than 100 classic cars and there will be plenty of food trucks and a beer garden of course. The bombs will burst in the air shortly after 9 PM. The Fanfare Fountain

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PHINEAS BANNING’S ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CONCERT – AT THE BANNING MANSION View Details

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Join us for an old fashioned BBQ, live music and dancing on the front grounds of the historic Banning Museum. VIP admission includes a boxed meal, dancing and dance lessons, reserved seating and gated parking for $35.00. For general admission, bring your own picnic, wine, blanket or low chair and enjoy the concert and dancing on the front lawn of the Mansion for $10.00.

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Fall Season


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401 E M St

401 E M St

1052 N Banning Blvd.

Avalon Blvd33.9072951-118.26529260000001

401 E M St

1052 N Banning Blvd.

401 E M St

Create special memories with your family while learning and having fun in Wilmington.