Ever torn between trying one restaurant over another? Have too many coffee shops or bars on your list to explore?

Thankfully, Belmont Shore’s Stroll and Savor event is back for another year, with live music, face painting, tarot reading and, of course, lots of food and drinks to sample so you don’t have to choose just one.

The two-night event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 and 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free, but to sample from the dozens of participating local businesses, restaurants and bars, $15 will get you 12 tickets.

Three tickets can get you three pieces of medium spice tender bites from Dave’s Hot Chicken or pulled pork sliders from Legends Sports Bar & Grill. Tickets can also go toward shopping and raffles and can be used on either night, but they will not be eligible for future Stroll and Savor events that will be held later this summer.

A map of the businesses lined up down Second Street, and locations to purchase tickets, can be found here.

May’s event is the first of four planned for the summer, with future events slated for June 14 and 15, July 19 and 20, and August 16 and 17.

Cena Vegan serves an attendee at the Taste of Downtown event in May 2023. Courtesy of Downtown Long Beach Alliance.

On a similar note, if you missed out on last week’s Taste of Downtown event in the East Village, worry not. Two more are scheduled for June 7 and 8 at Pine Avenue and Promenade, as well as August 9 and 10 at the waterfront on Shoreline Drive from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. More information on Downtown Long Beach Alliance events, including the Taste of Downtown days, can be found here.

Admission is free, and guests can enjoy live music, but to sample food and beverage tasting, tickets are $1 each. Pro tip: go early—some vendors can sell out.

And for lovers of all things beer, LA Independent Beer Fest will kick off in Long Beach on June 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Shoreline Aquatic Park. The event will have live music and feature the largest number of Los Angeles County-based craft breweries with over 150 beers. No children or pets will be allowed. Tickets, and the full list of participating breweries, can be found here.