The city is throwing it back to 1985 just in time for summer!
The upcoming season of Stranger Things drops on Independence Day this year, so it’s only fitting that Netflix transform the iconic Santa Monica Pier into an ’80s-themed carnival!
On June 29 and June 30, mega-fans can head over to the Hawkins-inspired pop-up to experience all the amazing things that Eleven and the rest of the crew would take a trip to The Upsidedown for – like dessert from Scoops Ahoy, the ice cream parlor slated to feature in the third season! The themed carnival takeover will also include a slime-filled dunking booth, a Demogorgon-filled Curiosity House, food eating contests, and magicians! Guests will even have the chance to win a BMX from the Hawkins Bike Shop! Naturally, there won’t be a shortage of entertainment – don’t miss a special performance from the Hawkins High School cheerleaders or one of the many ’80s cover bands scheduled to perform over the weekend.
If you can’t recognize the pier as a Santa Monica landmark during the event, you’re not going crazy. Netflix is known for going all out at their events, so expect to spot a few of the park’s thrilling amusements dressed up with a Stranger Things makeover. Keep an eye peeled for the Hawkins Wheel where the Pacific Wheel once stood as well as a Hawkins’ Palace Arcade over at the former Playland Arcade.
The most exciting part of it all is that admission to the ‘Stranger Things 3’ Fun Fair is 100% free! Enjoy your time at this monumental blast from the past and don’t forget to be on the lookout for any Demogorgons on the loose!
Location: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401. See it on Google maps.
When: Saturday, June 29 and Sunday June 30 from 11 am to 9 pm.
Also published on Medium.