Manhattan Beach blends a quintessential Southern California beach vibe with affluent, upscale neighborhoods and community attractions. It is a surf mecca and steeped in beach volleyball history with the past winners of the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open commemorated along the 928-foot pier. About 36,000 residents live in Manhattan Beach and enjoy its active outdoor lifestyle along with many high-end boutiques, retailers, hotels, and popular casual and fine-dining restaurants. Manhattan Beach is a desirable community for young professionals, celebrities, and athletes as well families attracted by its award-winning schools. A year-round calendar of fun events including the summer Concerts in the Park, the Annual Hometown Fair, Halloween Festival and Pumpkin Race, and the Downtown Holiday Open House with Pier Lighting and Fireworks provide many opportunities to enjoy the city with friends and neighbors.