10 things to do in Long Beach starting Wednesday and throughout the weekend

From the Catalina Film Festival’s first time in Long Beach to Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, there’s plenty to do the rest of this week and throughout the weekend.

Catalina Film Festival

Starting off in Long Beach for the first time, the Catalina Film Festival will bring screenings, celebrities and events to the Art Theatre and Courtyard Marriott Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and to Catalina Island on Friday and Saturday. Tonight at the Art, catch the screening of Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable and Love Possibly.

For tickets, locations and more info, check out the website here.

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

Photo courtesy of the Queen Mary.

Five terrifying weeks of mazes, history and hysteria kick off Thursday at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, described as one of the most haunted places on Earth.

“This coming season attendees are invited to descend into Dark Harbor’s newly, Omni-immersive and hyper-enhanced mazes for its darkest season yet,” said Executive Producer Charity Hill in a statement. “With a myriad of voluntary experiences, alternate paths, secret bars, and hidden passages we are proud to deliver a choose-your-own-adventure mega haunt.”

Dark Harbor opens Thursday and runs on select nights through Nov. 2. For tickets and more information, check out the website here.

The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway.

The Definitive Soapbox Ninth Anniversary

For almost a decade this free open mic night has been happening monthly at Fox Coffee House. The celebration on Friday night will feature a poetry slam, live music and more.

The event runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Check out the Facebook event page here for more info.

Fox Coffee House is located at 437 W. Willow St.

Stories of the Tongva People

Photo from Rancho Los Cerritos.

Tevaaxa’nga (Tevahangna) to Today: Stories of the Tongva People opens Friday evening showcasing artifacts, images and stories of the local Tongva community. If you can’t make the opening, the exhibit will be on display for a year.

The opening takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more info, visit the event page here.

Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 N. Virginia Rd.

Baja Splash Cultural Festival

Photo from Aquarium of the Pacific.

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the aquarium during its 16th annual Baja Splash festival. Bring out the whole family to experience the live entertainment, crafts, educational programs and more offered Saturday.

For tickets and more info, check out the Facebook event page here.

Long Beach Symphony Opening Night

This Saturday the symphony will begin its 84th Classical season with an “explosive program” heralding pop, rock, jazz, Broadway and electro-acoustic works in American Fusion.

“I wanted to present an exciting variety of composers, styles, and experiences, from pivotal masterpieces of the repertoire to exciting new works, including a bit of the unorthodox, so that our audiences can hear what’s happening now in the world of classical music,” stated Music Director Eckart Preu.

American Fusion starts at 8 p.m. For tickets and more info check out the website here.

The Terrace Theater is located at the Long Beach performing Arts Center at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Music Tastes Good

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The two-day music festival is back this weekend bringing headliners Janelle Monae, New Order and James Blake to Long Beach in celebration of great, music, food and art. Alongside the musical lineup, the taste tent will have samplings from local culinary masters, while multiple art installations will dot the grassy shoreline.

Gates open Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the website here.

Marina Green Park is located at 386 Shoreline Drive.

Legion Sports Fest

Starting Saturday this “immersive fitness vacation experience” is expected to bring thousands of athletes and attendees to Long Beach for the fitness expo. From bodybuilding competitions to arm wrestling and roller derby, attendees will be encouraged to find their best self at this massive event.

Doors open Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. For tickets and more information, visit the website here.

The Long Beach Convention Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Back to Basics Bike Class

Photo from Back to Basics Bike Class.

If it’s been a while since you’ve ridden a bike, this class will help boost your confidence, skills and safety on the pedal-powered mode of transportation. Metro’s Bicycle Education Safety Training (BEST) program offers a variety of classes, so if you think this one isn’t for you, check out the website here for upcoming sessions.

The class runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. For more info and to register, check out the Facebook event page here.

Once registered, you’ll be given the exact location in North Long Beach.

Frida Kahlo Tribute Exhibit

Photo from Picture This Gallery.

Get your Frida costume out, because the longest-running Frida Kahlo tribute exhibit in Long Beach is having its artists’ reception this Sunday, and it’s in conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out the art and enter the Frida look-alike contest, to take place at noon.

The artist’s reception on Sunday runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the exhibit on view through Nov. 3. For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.

Picture This Gallery is located at 4130 Norse Way.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.
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