Skip to Main Content
Contact Us Search
Parks Title

Current Events

Take a peek at our Monthly Calendar to see what events are happening!

Grunion Runs
Come explore the beach after hours as you hunt for the elusive grunion. Grunion Runs are a cherished part of Huntington Beach history and a great way to spend an evening with family and friends. We have 4 scheduled grunion runs this summer: June 7 at Huntington State Beach, June 23 at Bolsa Chica State Beach, July 7 at Huntington State Beach, and July 21 at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Space is limited as this is a popular event and you must RSVP in order to participate in the program. Please email to RSVP your group.

Junior Rangers
Become a Junior Ranger! These 45 minute programs are designed for rangers ages 7-12. Program topics include animal life, ecology, history, recycling, safety & survival and so much more! Enjoy crafts, games, and learn a few new facts. With every program your ranger attends, they earn their way to cool prizes. This program is completely FREE and a good excuse to spend your day at the beach. Junior Rangers are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am starting June 22nd in the Visitor Center at Bolsa Chica State Beach except on July 4th.  If you would like more information, please contact

August Junior Ranger Programs

 Microscopes and Plankton August 5, 12, 19: Join the Amigos de Bolsa Chica as they collect plankton samples and analyze water quality. Data will be part of the Phytoplankton Monitoring Program for the California Department of Public Health.
Become a citizen scientist with the beach as your lab!

Birds of Bolsa Chica August 8, 10: Unleash your inner bird nerd! Learn to identify common birds of the beach and the special adaptations they have developed to survive in our coastal environment.

California State Symbols August 15, 17: How well do you know California State Symbol trivia? Navigate your way through a scavenger hunt to discover all that the Golden State has to offer.

Campfire Programs

Due to continued construction at our Bolsa Chica Campfire Center, we will be unable to hold any programs there this summer. If the schedule goes as planned, we will have a goergeous and refurbished Campfire Center after Labor Day! We will be working with our new concessionaire, Sea Legs, to provide amazing programming there year round, instead of purely during the summer months. Thank you for your patience during this time and keep an eye out for more information about our programs.

Movie Night on the Beach

It’s time for Bolsa Chica State Beach’s annual Movie Night on the Beach on Friday, August 19th. The festivities begin in the Visitor Center at 6:30 pm with games, crafts, and free snacks. This year’s movie will be Finding Nemo. Come watch the original before you go out to see Finding Dory. We will be showing the movie in front of the Visitor Center on the sand at 8 pm. Bring your blankets and chairs for the most comfortable viewing experience. This entire event is free! Just let the entrance attendant know you are there for the Movie Night to receive free parking. Bring the whole family for one last summer hurrah!