The School of Rock band performs at the Hermosa Beach Summer Series on Sunday, August 18, 2019. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

The Hermosa Beach Summer Series returns to the shore this weekend for two more days of festival fun. 

The free event, presented by KROQ, will feature live music, food trucks and a craft beer garden. 

This is the second of two weekend events for the music series, under a new producer: 5B Artists + Media. Cory Brennan, chief executive of the company, has vowed to reduce the size of the beer garden this weekend to make more room for parking in response to input from local businesses.

Brennan, who said he's looking to monetize what was once a free summer concert series, is also encouraging visitors to the beach town, hoping they'll come out and patronize local restaurants and bars.

Here’s five things to know if you go to this weekend's series with headliners White Buffalo (Saturday) and Mariachi El Bronx (Sunday):

  1. The South Bay BrewHaHa beer garden, located in Parking Lot A just south of Pier Avenue, sells 10 tasting tickets for $30 or offers a pay-as-you-go option. The garden will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. but will stop selling tasting tickets at 5 p.m. You’ll be able to sample artisan brews from local breweries such as Hermosa Brewing Co. and King Harbor Brewing Company while grooving to sets from Sonik DJ, Got Benny? and a special guest from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

  2. Nosh on eats from food trucks Black Flour Crepes, Dogtown Dogs and Triple Threat (Puerto Rican food) parked just outside the beer garden. 

  3. Live music performances will start at 4:30 p.m. each day on the stage set up next to the pier. Catch sets from bands such as Kideyes, Trapdoor Social, Pounded by the Surf, White Buffalo, Lola Rising, Gambler’s Mark, Wailing Souls and Mariachi El Bronx. But be sure to stake your claim on the sand early as people start setting up blankets, beach chairs and umbrellas in the afternoon. 

  4. The movie Grease will also be screened from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday night, courtesy of Friends of the Parks.

  5. If you’re looking for a way to kick off the day, you can help in the Heal the Bay Beach Clean-Up each morning from 8 to 10 a.m. or stretch it out in a yoga session from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

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