San Pedro Shred has been in existence for a mere two years, but the skateboard festival is already the coolest reason to visit the harbor area. The summer event, which this year went down on June 14, features a half-pipe, a street course, the Freeride Hill — where skaters descend the back of Gaffey Street toward Point Fermin — and the Downhill Slide Jam, where professional skaters bomb the hill before launching off various obstacles such as a landing ramp built onto a beat-up Volvo station wagon. All areas except the Downhill Slide Jam are open to the public, and admission is free. If an all-day skateboard festival overlooking the harbor isn't enough, the event comes with live music, food trucks and vendors. This year's Shred included performances by local acts such as Mike Watt + the Missingmen, Toys That Kill and Fartbarf, a lineup worth much more than the free admission. —Ryan Ritchie
Gaffey Street lookout point, between 32nd street and Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, 90731. sanpedroshred.com.