Check out a ship with a cool history that’s not the Queen Mary, imbibe at Long Beach’s first-ever celebration of all things brunch, and more.
Closing Reception for FLOW | OBSTRUCTION
Artists were invited to show their art-making process in real time during this Arts Council for Long Beach-supported exhibition. See the result of their months of progress in the gallery during the closing reception for Flow | Obstruction on Thursday evening. Featured artists include Jennifer Celio, Myriam Gurba, Dulce Soledad Ibarra, Olga Lah, Tiffany Le, and Anna Beatrice Scott with programming by artists Devon Tsuno and Southern California Soundscape Ensemble.
The reception takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.
The Collaborative is located at 421 W. Broadway.
Brunch Life Festival
Explore your burgeoning brunch fantasy at Long Beach’s first ever brunch festival, celebrating all things that land somewhere between breakfast and lunch, including mimosas, bloody marys, pancakes, burgers and anything else you’d consider booze- and brunch-related.
A handful of the Long Beach eateries and drinkeries set to participate include Restauration, La Traviata, The Breakfast Bar, Steelhead Coffee and Liberation Brewing Co. Guests can expect brunch food from neighboring cities as well, including Signal Hill-based GD Bro Burger and Orange County’s Mussels & Pearls, and more.
With “day drinking and vibes highly encouraged,” it’s a 21-plus event, with more updates on vendors coming soon. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For tickets and more info, visit the website here.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located at 400 Shoreline Village Drive.
Back to the Future at Sunnyside Cemetery
Watch the 80s classic “Back to the Future” at the second oldest cemetery in Long Beach on Saturday. Organized by Festival Obscura and Sunnyside Cemetery, it’s the second of four movies being shown at the historic site throughout the summer. Attendees will also get a chance to check out an ‘81 Delorean.
The outdoor screening will run from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at dusk, around 8 p.m. For tickets and more info, visit the Eventbrite page here.
Sunnyside Cemetery is located at 1095 E. Willow St.
Long Beach Creative Group Shows at Greenly Art Space
On Saturday, the public is invited to the opening reception of In Their Own Style, an exhibit by the Long Beach Creative Group, an organization dedicated to expanding the arts and ensuring space for local artists to show their work. Six of these artists will be showing their varying styles of work at Greenly Art Space through Sept. 29.
The reception takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info, check out the Facebook event page here.
Greenly Art Space is located at 2698 Junipero Ave., suite 113 in Signal Hill.
2nd Annual Victory Garden Tomato Festival
For the love of tomatoes, visit this festival on Saturday to learn more about the volunteer-run Victory Garden, how you can increase the number of fresh fruits and vegetables you’re consuming, and, take home a bag of free tomatoes.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. So that organizers can get a count of who will be attending, donating or presenting make sure to register here and if you’re volunteering, register here. And learn more about the event through the North Long Beach Crop Swappers Facebook page here.
Victory Garden is located at 6509 Gundry Ave.
Summer and Music’s Bicycle Drive-In
The third event of the free summer series presented by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance will take place Saturday and bring the 1971 American romantic black comedy Harold and Maude to the big screen, accompanied by a live version of Cat Stevens’ soundtrack played by local artists prior to the showing.
“Always an advocate for alternative transportation and free music, SAM added film to the mix six years ago with the first Bicycle Drive-In, and we wanted to bring it back to celebrate our 10th season,” stated Ashley Hectus, co-producer of SAM.
The event starts at 6 p.m., with music at 7 p.m. and the film at 8:20 p.m. Organizers encourage attendees to ride their bikes, with a free bike valet on site courtesy of Pedal Movement. For more info, check out the link here.
The event will take place in downtown on Pine Avenue between 4th and 5th streets.
Tour Greenpeace’s Historic Ship, the Arctic Sunrise
On Saturday and Sunday, and also the following weekend, anyone can tour the Arctic Sunrise soon to be docked in Rainbow Harbor. Here to fight against the corporations producing single-use plastics and polluting our oceans, Greenpeace staff, the ship’s crew, issue experts and volunteers will be ready to receive guests aboard the historic ship.
The Arctic Sunrise was the first ship to circumnavigate James Ross Island in the Antarctic, has worked to stop Japanese whaling fleets, performed independent assessment of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and more.
Free tours will be offered between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be multiple events held on the ship during its time in Long Beach from Aug. 3 to mid-August. For more information, visit the website here.
Pine Avenue Pier is located in Rainbow Harbor at 330 S. Pine Ave.