With two major food festivals in town, plenty of music and art-related happenings, and even a cigarette butt awareness day clean-up, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do in Long Beach this weekend.
World Forum on Mexican Gastronomy
This annual event normally held in Mexico City will for the first time take place outside Mexico at the Museum of Latin American Art. Friday through Sunday more than 60 representatives from kitchens throughout Mexico are expected to visit Long Beach to host cooking demonstrations, academic conversations and to highlight the influence of Mexican cuisine on the American palate.
All three days are admission-free, with food and drink for purchase. The forum takes place Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more info check out the Facebook event page here.
The Museum of Latin American Art is located at 628 Alamitos Ave.
Long Beach Barbecue Fest
Friday through Saturday this local barbecue fest will bring cook-offs, tried and true recipes, the most skilled grill masters, all-you-can-eat meats, live entertainment and more to Rainbow Lagoon Park.
The festival takes place Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 10 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the Facebook link here.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located at 400-403 Shoreline Drive.
Bicycle Mural Tour
Cruise through the city on two wheels as you take in some of the city’s most stunning murals. With a new route provided every month, this free Saturday tour takes its participants to public works of art, some impossible to see unless you’re really searching.
The tour is free, runs from 10 a.m. to noon and offers a 30 percent discount at Dolys Delectables where the tour ends. Meet at MADE by Millworks at 9:45 a.m. For more info, including what to bring, visit the Facebook event page here.
MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave.
Taste of Brews
This craft beer festival at Long Beach’s iconic lighthouse is celebrating eight years of bringing dozens of microbrews, hard ciders and mobile eateries to Shoreline Aquatic Park. Always held on the third Saturday in August, Long Beach Beer Lab, Liberation Brewing Co. and Ten Mile Brewing Company are just a few of the breweries offering tastes of their craft.
Taste of Brews takes place noon to 5 p.m. All attendees must be 21 years or older. No dogs are allowed in the park. For tickets and more info, check out the Facebook event page here.
Shoreline Aquatic Park is located at 200 Aquarium Way.
Summer Womxn’s Party!
Join The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach on Saturday for the “biggest womxn’s party of the summer” with drinks, a DJ, guest speakers and dancing, not to mention a taco bar hosted by Lola’s Mexican Cuisine. The event supporting the center will be hosted at a secret location in Long Beach, to be provided with your RSVP. Hint: it might be in a backyard.
The party takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. For tickets and more info, check out the Facebook event here.
Stories of Boundaries
A painter, sculptor, ceramicist and jeweler will explore the nuances behind the word “boundary” in the Arts Council for Long Beach’s upcoming art exhibition in Downtown Long Beach, set to open Saturday. The exhibit celebrates the 2017-18 Professional Artist Fellows, an award given yearly to exemplary Long Beach artists.
The opening takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info check out the Facebook link here.
The Collaborative is located at 421 W. Broadway.
Cigarette Butt Awareness Day & Clean Up
Join the Long Beach Environmental Alliance on Saturday to help clean the area of the most littered item in the world, cigarette butts. Bags and gloves will be provided to those wanting to help rid the downtown area of litter, with prizes including movie passes and tickets to the aquarium given for the most butts collected.
The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon. For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.
Dog Haus is located at 210 E. 3rd St.
Frank Loesser’s The Most Happy Fella
On Sunday, catch the close of Musical Theatre West’s Reiner Staged Reading Series on Sunday, with Frank Loesser’s love story, The Most Happy Fella, a musical presented concert style. Minimal sets and costumes, and a live 23-piece orchestra, make this story of a May-December romance—a tale of a city bride wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer—a dramatic night of theatre.
The Most Happy Fella takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the website here or call (562) 856-1999.
The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 E. Atherton St.
Candace, Mute Swan, Space Waves & Fodder
For a chill and dreamy Sunday, head to Que Sera to experience “a sense of mystery and brooding atmosphere” with Portland-based outfit Candace and “synesthesia-inspired songs” with Arizona-bred band Mute Swan. You can also “ride a beam of light like a musical strum” with Long Beach-based psych rock group Space Waves and more, presented by events organizer Dank Steak.
The show runs from 9 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. with a $5 cover. For more info, check out the Facebook event here.
Que Sera is located at 1923 E. 7th St.
The Band Fresh at Grace Park
On Sunday the five-member Latin outfit The Band Fresh will play a free concert thanks to Councilman Al Austin and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.
The concert takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Find out more about the band through their website here.
Grace Park is located at 361 E. Plymouth St.