The following is a curated roundup of weekend events in Long Beach published every Wednesday on the Hi-lo/Long Beach Post. Have an event to share? Email [email protected] with “Things to Do” in the subject line.
Not sure what to do this weekend for the Halloween season? We’ve got you covered. From Dia De Los Muertos celebrations to spooky shopping, to trick-or-treating and rollerskating the city is going strong for the season.
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DIA DE LOS MUERTOS ARTWALK (Saturday)
Handmade gifts and accessories shop Dainty Disco is hosting an art walk in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos Saturday, Oct. 29 at its storefront in North Long Beach.
The art walk will be outside where visitors can shop themed art and other goods such as jewelry and home decor from local vendors and artists. There will also be coffee, a raffle and the opportunity to participate in a public altar to honor loved ones who have passed.
The art walk is free to attend. Click here for more information.
The Dainty Disco is at 5659 Atlantic Ave.
LAST LAUGH SPOOKTACULAR (Saturday)
The improv comedy artists from Held2gether, Improv for Life are throwing a special Halloween show at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls Saturday, Oct. 29.
The troupe will work off of “creepy suggestions” and input from the audience to help form the comedy show. Guests can also enjoy Halloween-themed cocktails and games. Guests are highly encouraged to come in costume.
Entry costs $10. Tickets may be purchased online here. Guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Expo Arts Center is at 4321 Atlantic Ave.
ZOMBIE WALK (Saturday)
Creatures of the night will shuffle down the Rainbow Harbor boardwalk at Shoreline Village for this year’s Zombie Walk Halloween Party. This free event is for any and all zombies, no matter the stage of decay.
Festivities kick off at 4 p.m. with live music, trick-or-treating and the grand zombie walk around Rainbow Harbor. Attendees can also expect a variety of costume contests—like “best zombie”—with prizes. There will also be special FX makeup artists on site for those who’d like to get zombie makeup done professionally (for a fee).
Zombie Walk is free to attend and runs until 10 p.m. Click here for more information.
Shoreline Village is at 401-425 Shoreline Village Dr.
“ROLLERWEEN” ROLLER DISCO (Sunday)
Dress up in your spookiest for the 9th annual “Rollerween” Halloween disco skate session over at the Junipero Basketball Courts at the beach on Sunday, Oct. 30.
Expect lively tunes to skate to for the three-hour session, with a costume contest too. Those who need skates will be able to rent on-site.
The party starts at 4 p.m. Click here for more information.
The Junipero Basketball Courts are next to Saltwater Deck at 2630 E. Ocean Blvd.
MOLAA’S DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION (Sunday)
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is hosting its annual Dia De Los Muertos festival at the museum on Sunday, Oct. 30 with live entertainment, dance performances, crafts such as sugar skull painting and more.
The event will also feature a screening of the animation “The Book of Life” with a Q&A from the director, George R. Guitierrez. The event is free to attend. However, parking costs $15 for the day. The celebration is from 11 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Click here for more information.
MOLAA is at 628 Alamitos Ave.
HAUTE DOG HOWL’OWEEN DOG PARADE (Sunday)
The annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Dog Parade is in full tail-swish with more than 450 costume-clad furry friends expected to strut—humans in tow—through Marina Vista Park this year.
Organized by community activist Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T), the parade, now in its 21st year, draws thousands of pet owners and dogless spectators alike. The procession is free to watch, but for ample viewing, you can purchase a front-row seat for $5.
Think you and your pup has what it takes to win best in show? You can enter the parade costume contest for 10 bones (in advance) and vie for your chance to win prizes from Red Barn Premium Pet Products.
The parade commences at 2:30 p.m., though there is a vendor and pet fair that starts at 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information.
Marina Vista Park is at 5355 E. Eliot St.
ALL VEGAN TRICK OR TREAT (Sunday)
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The Historic Firehouse Community Farm in North Long Beach is hosting a trick-or-treating event with sweets and goodies that are plant-based and vegan-friendly and some other treats that are gluten-free.
The three-hour event from noon to 3 p.m. will also include games and a tour of the farm. The event is all ages and guests are encouraged to show up in costume. It’s free to attend, but if you have $5 to spare, the farm would appreciate the donation.
Click here for more information and to RSVP.
The Historic Firehouse Community Farm is at 6509 Gundry Ave.
CLASSICAL MUSIC HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL (Sunday)
Infinite Stage, a nonprofit music education organization, is hosting its Classical Music Halloween Carnival at Cesar E. Chavez Park Sunday, Oct. 30 where kids can play music-centric carnival games, win prizes, hang out with professional musicians and even participate in some of the musical performances.
The carnival will also be the site debut of Infinite Stage’s new professional wind quintet they’re calling WindFinite. The quartet will present a live performance of “Peter and the Wolf” alongside local comedian and entertainer Eddie Diaz.
The carnival is free to attend and costumes are highly encouraged. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Cesar E. Chavez Park is at 401 Golden Ave.
“NOSFERATU” SCREENING AND LIVE SCORE (Monday)
Experience “Nosferatu,” the 1922 German silent horror film inspired by the story of Dracula, like never before, with a special screening and a new, original live score performance by the Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31 at the Art Theatre.
Composer and conductor Jack Curtis Dubowsky first introduced the experience to Long Beach in 2018 and has performed it during the Halloween season ever since. This year’s show is particularly special, Dubowsky said, because this year the film turned 100.
Tickets for the show cost $18 and may be purchased online here. The show starts at 7 p.m.
The Art Theatre is at 2025 E. Fourth St.
TRICK OR TREAT ON 2ND STREET (Monday)
Trick-or-treating on Second Street is a longstanding tradition in Belmont Shore, where local businesses hand out candy to children who walk along the popular shopping area.
If you’ve got your route already mapped out, Second Street ought to be an ideal addition to the trek as it’s located near a cluster of beachside homes. Businesses that will be participating will have a jack-o-lantern sign hanging in the windows.
The event is from 4 to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.