10 things to do starting Wednesday and through Labor Day

There’s an overwhelming number of festivals taking place this weekend, including the Long Beach Greek Festival and the locally based Indie International Film and Music Festival, not to mention a couple events to partake in on Monday during the Labor Day holiday.

LA Fleet Week

With multiple events taking place in San Pedro and downtown Los Angeles, LA Fleet Week will return Wednesday through Monday in celebration of the country’s Sea Services. Listen for the loud rumblings of fighter jet flyovers, take a tour of San Pedro’s Battleship IOWA and more.


For more info and the full schedule of events, visit the website here.

Long Beach Indie International Film and Music Festival

Held Thursday through Sunday, the fifth annual event will be held at the Cinemark at the Pike Theaters in Downtown and feature more than 150 independent films, television pilots, web series and music videos.

Catch the opening films on Thursday night, including Geeta, detailing an immigrant’s story chasing the American Dream, and the rest starting at noon on Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and 11:45 a.m. Sunday. For the full schedule, check out the website here and for tickets, visit the Eventbrite page here.

Cinemark at The Pike Theaters are located at 99 S. Pine Ave.

E Hula Mau Festival and Competition

E Hula Mau, a hula and chant competition now in its 24th year, will bring an authentic Hawaiian festival to the Terrace Theater Friday through Sunday. Polynesian arts and crafts vendors, island foods, lei making, ukulele instruction, dance performances, live music and more will transform the theater into an island getaway right here at home.

On Friday the festival kicks off at noon, and on Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. For tickets and more information, visit the website here.

The Terrace Theater is located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

New Blues Festival


On Saturday and Sunday this annual festival will celebrate the blues, honor its history, and show its progression, with legendary artists and bands rolling through Long Beach for the two-day event. Music, food trucks, a beer garden and more will be set up at El Dorado Park.

On Saturday the fest will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For tickets and more info, visit the Facebook event here and website here.

Long Beach Greek Festival by the Sea

Posted by Long Beach Greek Festival on Thursday, August 16, 2018

Kicking off Saturday and running through Monday, eat your fill of gyros, witness a live performance by Greek superstar Nikos Ganos, shop, dance and more at the Long Beach Greek Festival. The festival opens at noon all three days. For more information visit the Facebook event page here.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Eastern Orthodox Church is located at 5761 E. Colorado St.

Summer Luvin’ Fest


Brought to you by Peace Art, the Summer Luvin’ Fest on Saturday is free and family friendly and will feature multiple bands, including Amoeba Boys, Bad Abstract and more, as well as artists live painting a mural, and the Long Beach local El Exclusivo food truck on site for when you get hungry for tacos.

Summer Luvin’ takes place from noon to 8 p.m. For more info, check out the link here.

The festival will be located at 5301 Long Beach Blvd.

The Tempest at Long Beach Playhouse

One of the great playwright’s late masterpieces, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest will be brought to life by a 14-member cast of new and returning actors to the Long Beach Playhouse stage. It officially opens Saturday, with a half-priced preview on Friday.

“The Tempest is the perfect show for ending the summer,” playhouse Executive Director Madison Mooney said in a statement. “It starts on a ship and ends up on an island and it’s dreamy and filled with magic.”

The Tempest runs through Sept. 29. For tickets and more information visit the website here.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St.

Say Cheese Long Beach

A $1,000 prize (split between the winners) is up for grabs for participants of this 12th annual photo contest hosted by community activist Justin Rudd. Digital photos can be taken starting this Saturday and through Sunday, Sept. 9, and must be located within Long Beach city limits. An awards ceremony and exhibition will be held in September or October outside of the Chase Bank on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore.

Check out the Facebook page here for more info.

End of Summer Jam

Enjoy the Labor Day holiday during “No Parking on the Dance Floor” where organizers are shutting down the parking lot on the corner of 4th Street and Cherry Avenue to bring “some musical good vibes” to Retro Row. Expect local DJs playing their jams, a vendor village in conjunction with neighboring shop Native Sol’s seven-year anniversary party and more.

No Parking on the Dance Floor: End of Summer Jam takes place from noon to 7 p.m. For more info check out the Facebook event page here.

Littlepalooza Family Festival

LB Littles’ inaugural family-friendly festival will take place Monday, featuring live performances from Jelly of the Month Club, Weezer cover band Geezer and “ska-influenced kindie rock band” Kids Imagine Nation. Healthy lunch demos by local nonprofit Long Beach Fresh, face painting, a skate park, photo booth and more all make up this entertaining event.

For tickets and more info, visit the website here.

Long Beach POA Park is located behind Long Beach Towne Center at 7390 Carson Blvd.

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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.