Block parties, a poetry book fair, a day for the arts—we’ve got you covered with things to do starting Friday and throughout the weekend.
A Day for the Arts
This Friday in celebration of arts month, Loiter Galleries and “The Streets” are throwing a block party featuring artists at work, live music and samples from nearby restaurants of the North Promenade. Local street artists Jay Blaine and GoopMassta will be live painting during the event, while Studio One Eleven employee artists will have their work displayed at Loiter Galleries.
The block party runs from 4 to 9 p.m. For more info, check out the website here.
The party takes place on the North Promenade between 3rd and 4th streets across from Ross. Loiter Pop-Up Galleries is located at 375 Promenade North.
Frankenstein Movie Night at the Cemetery
Back to back screenings of “Young Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein” on Friday will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery, thanks to a partnership between the port and Santa Ana-based Frida Cinema. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic; there will also be food trucks on site.
The movie night takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Seating is first come, first served. For more info, visit the event page here.
Sunnyside Cemetery is located at 1095 E. Willow St.
Have You Seen Them Art Show
The corner of St. Louis Avenue and 4th Street is always alive with creative vibes thanks to The Social List, Port LBC and Artistic Edge Gallery, three businesses constantly collaborating to highlight artists and bring out the Retro Row community. On Friday at The Social List, check out works by well known skateboarders Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Marco Saiz and Steve Saiz and hang out during the Fall Block Party.
The art show runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Check out the event page here for more info.
The Social List is located at 2105 E. 4th St.
Block Party at Analog Record Shop
Analog and Commodity Coffee are throwing a block party this Friday in celebration of the record shop’s opening with live jazz, records to browse, coffee, beer and wine to drink, a raffle to enter and more. Analog, which also has a location in Tustin, sells new and used records and is the latest addition to the building, which also houses the recently expanded Commodity Coffee space.
The party runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. It’s free to attend, but make sure to RSVP via the link here.
Analog Record Shop is located at 1322 Coronado Ave.
Your Vote Counts!
If you’ve ever felt like your vote is just a drop in the bucket, this is the event for you. Join the League of Women Voters on Saturday to learn why every vote counts. Attendees of the free event will get a chance to win a “Your Vote Counts” yard sign and can participate in a “My Voice My Vote” video.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon. For more info, check out the event page here.
Los Altos Neighborhood Library is located at 5614 E. Britton Drive.
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
With chalk artists creating and displaying work up and down 2nd Street, Belmont Shore is the place to see art in action on Saturday. Justin Rudd’s Annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest attracts both established and emerging artists, while Inspyr Arts studio will offer free chalk pastel drawing lessons for all ages, a mini photo booth and face painting in front of Chase Bank.
Prizes will be awarded to contest winners in front of Chase Bank at 4 p.m., but you can see the artists working starting at 11 a.m. For more info on the contest (artists can still sign up), check out the event page here; for more on the Belmont Shore Art Walk, check the event page here.
Chase Bank is located at 5200 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach Poetry Book Fair
Presented by small publishers Sadie Girl Press and Silver Star Laboratory, this event gives readers and writers a chance to meet local authors and publishers, hear the works of local poets and buy signed copies of works. Over 25 writers and poets are expected to attend alongside their supporting publishers, including Arroyo Seco Press, Lucid Moose Lit, Picture Show Press and more.
The book fair takes place from noon to 5 p.m. in MADE’s Nuts and Bolts Room. Check out the event page here for more info.
MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave.
Port of Long Beach Photo Program
This annual partnership between the port and the arts council produces some of the most surprising and beautiful photos, all taken by both amateur and professional photographers during a harbor tour of the industrial area. On view through Oct. 28, this Saturday is the second to last weekend to see these images in person.
The gallery at Expo Arts Center is open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more info, visit the event page here.
Expo Arts Center is located at 4321 Atlantic Ave.
Long Beach Open Studio Tour
The LB Open Studio Tour continues for its second of three weekends with artists opening up their workspaces to the public on Saturday and Sunday. This time, the studios east of Cherry Avenue will be open, while if you missed the first weekend, artists who are opening their studios for a second time will be featured the following weekend Oct. 27-28.
Take the self-guided tour from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website here.
Long Beach Record Swap
Put on by local events planner, 45 Revolutions, record dealers from all over the region will be selling their vinyl and other musical wares on Sunday. All genres of LPs and 45s will be available.
The event is for those 21 and over, is free to attend and runs from 1 to 6 p.m. More details can be found on the event page here.
Alex’s Bar is located at 2913 E. Anaheim St.