Join QFilms in kicking off the 25th year of the LGBTQ film festival, dance at the end of the Belmont Pier, stroll through Bixby Knolls during Summer Saturdays and more.
Mean Girls Beach Screening
Presented by the Long Beach QFilm Festival to kick of its 25th year, the LGBTQ cult classic Mean Girls will be shown at Alfredo’s Beach Club Friday evening. The screening will open with a virtual dedication by Mean Girls heartthrob Jonathan Bennett.
The film begins at sundown, with free beach lot parking after 6 p.m. For more information, check out the Facebook event here.
Alfredo’s Beach Club is located at 5100 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach Jazz Festival
Starting Friday evening, the 31st annual jazz fest will bring classic R&B, “hot summer night jazz” and more to Rainbow Lagoon Park through Sunday. Expect “A Healthy Taste of Jazz” with this year’s theme combining jazz, health and wellness.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located at 400 E. Shoreline Drive.
This month’s Summer Saturdays in Bixby Knolls is “Weird Science” themed, bringing all things strange and scientific to the Atlantic Avenue-based event. Try Weird Science cocktails at multiple bars, watch the Mad Science show, have your aura photographed and interpreted (not scientific), take your kids to “GasWorks!” a Mad Science Party, learn how to draw carnivorous plants and more.
Summer Saturdays takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.
Pop Life Interactive Art Exhibit
Experience Pop Life: Realism vs. The Surrealism of Life, a contemporary interactive pop art exhibit showcasing the works of emerging Los Angeles-based artist “Trew Love” this Saturday. Check out large-scale canvas pieces of art icons including Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Basquiat, sit “poolside” at an installation overflowing with lollipop beach balls and check out Trew Love as she paints during the opening.
MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave.
The Dark Art Emporium Celebrates Two Years
This East Village gallery has spent the last two years dedicated to showcasing artists whose works—from the casually creepy to the downright strange—often “fly under the radar of most people’s perception of fine art.” The Saturday evening celebration will feature works by over 30 artists, with special sideshow performances and more surprises.
The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Check out the event page here for more information.
The Dark Art Emporium is located at 256 Elm Ave.
Dave Williams and his Rhythm Agents
The Long Beach Jazz Festival isn’t the only place to hear some jazz this weekend. Head to Retro Row’s favorite coffeehouse Saturday night for a jazzy performance by MajicBulletTheory head trumpeter Dave Williams and his Rhythm Agents. It’s a family-friendly musical event, so feel free bring the kids.
For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.
Portfolio Coffeehouse is located at 2300 E. 4th St.
Subtract on the Pier
Readying to be a “musical journey of epic proportions” on Sunday, the 28th iteration of Subtract on the Pier will feature West Coast legend, DJ Marques Wyatt. Organized by Los Angeles-based Subtract Music, also the minds behind the Love Long Beach Festival which took place last weekend, this event at the end of the Belmont Pier is sure to be an upbeat way to spend a Sunday.
Subtract takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets and more information can be found here.
The Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier is located at 15 39th Place.