It's always a good time when you can just drive a few minutes and this is your view! We did this for FHE one night. The beach volleyball was fun to pass by, the lemonade and hot dogs on a stick are big things to get, you get to pass by the former Muscle Beach (now at Venice) and you have your choice of a bunch of awesome restaurants. The breeze at night this time of year is a little chilly but you can warm up in the arcades on the pier. Music performers line the pier and you'll hear a wide range of everything from middle eastern to eclectic Spanish rock etc. We have yet to ride the ferris wheel but that is obviously a must. Love our new home!