Happy birthday, Marina del Rey! The unincorporated area of L.A. County (it's not a city) will celebrate 50 years this weekend with tall ships, a boat parade, a cake, a free Three Dog Night concert and fireworks.
The marina is among the world's largest man-made pleasure boat harbors. It has slips for more than 4,500 recreational boats and was formally dedicated in April 1965.
The festivities begin today and continue through Sunday.
Visitors to Marina del Rey this weekend can take a 45-minute Historic Harbor Tour for just $1 per person. (Buy tickets at 13755 Fiji Way.) Water taxis around the marina also cost $1 per person.
On Friday, the marina's 50th birthday cake will be cut at 6 p.m. at Burton Chace Park at 13650 Mindanao Way. At 7 p.m. the '60s and '70s rock band Three Dog Night will play a free outdoor concert at the park, followed by fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, there's a boat parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an in-water MarinaFest Boat Show.
The year 1965 also figures prominently in deals at restaurants and hotels around Marina del Rey.
For example, the Foghorn Harbor Inn at 4140 Via Marina offers rooms for $196.50 now through Sunday; El Torito at 13715 Fiji Way is serving three-course meals for $19.65 through Sunday.