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SPECIAL HOURS:

  • Thursday, May 2, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 4 PM.
  • Thursday, May 9, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 3:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, May 15, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 4 PM.
  • Thursday, May 19, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 6 PM.
  • Thursday, May 23, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public at 6 PM.
  • Friday, July 12, Pacific Park will be CLOSED to the public ALL DAY.

🕐 For a full schedule of hours, please check our operating calendar before planning your visit.

Cinco de Mayo Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

Red, white, and green lights shine on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier
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The Pacific Wheel will light up in red, white, and green from Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5 in celebration of Cinco de Mayo 2024. Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for “Fifth of May”, is a yearly celebration held on May 5. It commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This victory is […]

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AAPI Heritage Month 2024 Ferris wheel lighting at Santa Monica Pier

The Pacific Wheel lit red as seen from the beaches south of the Santa Monica Pier - Photo by @rughead8
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The Pacific Wheel will be lit red on Wednesday, May 1 in recognition of AAPI Heritage Month, 2024. The month of May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This annual celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. […]

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Earth Day Ferris Wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

Earth Day wheel lighting
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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit green and blue on Monday, April 22 in recognition of Earth Day. Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel goes “Green” with a variety of green and blue colors, patterns, and icons, along with a spinning globe for Earth Day on Monday, April 22. Earth Day is an annual […]

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Behind The Scenes: Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ | Pacific Palette EP. 3

Get Crackin'
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Join us behind the scenes of the thrilling Wonderful Pistachios 2nd Get Crackin’ Competition, held at the iconic Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier! In this exclusive footage, get an insider’s look at the intense action as football star Nick Bosa and competitive eater Joey Chestnut battle it out in a nut-cracking showdown. This behind-the-scenes video captures all the […]

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Dónde Está Inkie?

Inkie
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Si te estás preguntando dónde está Inkie, ¡no temas! La versión de acero y aluminio de nuestra adorable mascota del parque está viva y coleando, simplemente pasando por un pequeño chequeo y una renovación. Queremos asegurarnos de que nuestro querido pulpo esté en óptimas condiciones y así permanezca durante décadas. Inkie, la gigantesca escultura de pulpo que normalmente adorna la […]

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Pacific Park in the News | March 2024

Pacific Park as seen from the beaches south of the Santa Monica Pier
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Pacific Park is regularly featured in news articles, vlogs, and the media. Below are our picks for the top news and blogs mentioning Pacific Park and the Santa Monica Pier for January through March, 2024. Hollywood Reporter ‘Percy Jackson’ Stars and Fans Takeover Santa Monica Pier Ahead of Finale “Ahead of the season 1 finale of Percy Jackson and the [...] Read More

Norah Jones’ New Music Video, “Paradise”

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Discover the world of Norah Jones’ latest album “Visions” and its music video for the song “Paradise,” set against the backdrop of Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier.

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Norah Jones has released her newest album Visions along with the official music video for the song “Paradise.” Visions also features the songs “All This Time,” “Staring at the Wall,” “Queen of the Sea,” “Visions,” “Running,” “I Just Wanna Dance,” “I’m Awake,” “Swept Up in the Night,” “On My Way,” “Alone with My Thoughts” and “Life.” Visions is Jones’ first non-holiday album since Pick Me Up Off the Floor which was released in June 2020.

“The reason I called the album Visions is because a lot of the ideas came in the middle of the night or in that moment right before sleep, and ‘Running’ was one of them where you’re half asleep and kind of jolted awake,” Jones previously told her label, Blue Note.

All the joy in the “Paradise” music video is set in Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier! Jones is seen riding the West Coaster, playing our midway games, and eating cotton candy. All the things kids look forward to when visiting the amusement park. And of course, it can’t be a Norah Jones music video without seeing her play the piano. Jones plays, sings, and dances with her childhood self and friend while the Pacific Wheel spins in the background.

Diving deeper into production, “Paradise” holds fascinating details and surprises with every twist and turn, just like the West Coaster. To create the feeling of nostalgia, shots were filmed with the song playing at a heightened speed which was later slowed down to create a mesmerizing effect throughout the video. One of the most thrilling visuals are the scenes on the West Coaster. It’s surprising to know that mounting a camera for those shots consumed a significant amount of time even though it is one of the least time-consuming aspects. As if having an amusement park to yourself isn’t exciting enough, the filming took place on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, adding an extra layer of excitement to the production. Especially for the the actress playing “Little Norah” who would be starring in a Super Bowl commercial later that day!

Curious to know what other films, TV Shows, and music videos were set in Pacific Park? Click here!

Jones will be promoting the album Visions with a North American tour starting May 6 in Boston.

About Norah Jones

Norah Jones grew up in a world of diverse musical influences thanks to her father, Ravi Shankar, sitarist and composer. Since launching her solo music career in 2002, Jones has won several awards, including 5 Billboard awards and 9 Grammys, and has sold over 50  million records worldwide. Jones’s talent has won titles like Best New Artist, Album of the Year (twice), and Record of the Year (twice). She has explored multiple musical genres, including pop, jazz, fold, country, and blues, showcasing her versatility as an artist. She has been welcomed as a musical guest multiple times on Saturday Night Live and, more recently, performed “Running” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. 

About filming on the Santa Monica Pier

The pier is comprised of both public property (the boardwalk, beaches, and parking lots) and 33 different private businesses, including the home of the rides and midway games; Pacific Park. Other businesses include the restaurants, Playland Arcade, and boardwalk carts that operate on the pier.

For the public areas of the pier, you will need to contact Leo Erickson. He can be reached at: Leo@santamonicapier.org.

FilmLA (www.filmla.com/) will help you pull and finalize other city/pier permits including the parking lot and any needs for a base camp.

Want to know more information and next steps on shooting your the next project here? Click here

For the amusement park, the final location fees will depend on the details of the shoot. For filming rates, please email us at events@pacpark.com

Giving Day Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier as seen from the air south of the pier
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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit red on Wednesday, March 27 in recognition of Giving Day. In partnership with the American Red Cross, the Pacific Wheel will be lit red and white on the evening of March 27 in recognition of Giving Day. Giving Day is an opportunity for local communities to come together on one day […]

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Earth Hour Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be ‘lights off’ for one hour on Saturday, March 23 in recognition of Earth Hour. Earth Hour, one of the largest global grassroots movements for the environment, will virtually bring together millions of people, businesses and leaders from around the world to raise awareness on the urgent need to address nature loss and […]

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St Patrick’s Day Ferris wheel lighting at the Santa Monica Pier

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The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit green on Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17 in recognition of St Paddys Day. The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit green all weekend for St Patrick’s Day. Pacific Park will be joining other landmark’s from across the globe including The Sydney Opera House, Leaning Tower of Pisa, […]

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