The Grunion Run is arguably one of the most famous of events for L.A. locals, and it only happens once per year. The grunion flock to the beach to spawn, showing off one-of-a-kind mating rituals. These silver fish flood the golden coast en masse, and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts this annual event to make sure you don’t miss a thing. On June 25, the aquarium opens at 8 p.m. with the program starting at 9, followed by a late-night beach observation.
The Grunion Run usually draws hundreds of people to the beaches, but if you get tickets from the aquarium, there are no lines or crowds to battle. You won’t want to miss the 9 p.m. film and other treats that are in store for this special night. While there are no guarantees the grunion will appear (it is a wildlife viewing, after all), it’s prime grunion season, and June 25 is your best bet for catching this amazing ritual.
It can get chilly in southern California in the evenings. Wear warm clothes, water-friendly shoes, and bring a flashlight. Many times, the grunion don’t appear until midnight, so come rested and perhaps caffeinated. Grunion can indeed be “caught” during the months of May, June and July, but it requires a California fishing license.
Parking is $3.50 for the Grunion Run, and on June 25 the aquarium gift shop is open late. You can purchase snacks, keepsakes and perhaps an extra layer of cozy comfort. Experience L.A. like a local, and see what these metallic fish look like up close.