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.
Soak up the rest of the favorable “fall” weather this weekend with a few outdoor movie screenings, an Oktoberfest, well, festival, a sunset-time roller-skating session, a pole dancing training camp, and a Dia de los Muertos celebration. There’s more, but you know what to do: Get to scrollin’!
FOURTH FRIDAYS – RETRO ROW (Friday)
Every fourth Friday of the month, the stretch of businesses on Fourth Street between Hermosa and Temple Avenues (also known as Retro Row) comes together in a block party of sorts, with pop-ups, live entertainment and extended hours for shopping and dining.
Check out all Retro Row has to offer Friday, Oct. 22 from 6-9 p.m.
Click here for more information.
SUNSET SKATE SESSION – JUNIPERO BEACH (Friday)
Grab your skates and roll out to Junipero Beach Friday, Oct. 22 from 4-7 p.m. for a free sunset skate session hosted by Pedal Movement.
While you skate, tunes will be spun by DJ SLYDZ and instructors from Rhythm and Rolling Dance School will offer some guidance on how to bring the moves to your rollerskating. Local roller derby coach Mimi Masher will also be offering rollerskating lessons during the event.
If you don’t have skates you can reserve a $10 rental from Pedal Movement, click here for more info.
Sunset Skate Session will be at the Junipero Beach basketball courts at 1 Junipero Ave.
MAN ON MAN SHOW – ALEX’S BAR (Friday)
Roddy Bottum, the keyboardist from alt-rock band Faith No More, and his boyfriend Joey Holman are gay lovers and decided to make a band about being just that.
The new indie outfit celebrates queer love, sexuality and identity through its sound, which ranges from shoe-gaze to stoner rock to psychedelic. For reference, here’s a video they released.
You can catch Man On Man performing live Friday, Oct. 22 at Alex’s Bar. Tickets cost $19.20, click here to purchase tickets and for more info.
Alex’s Bar is at 2913 E. Anaheim St.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHTS – MR. FRIES MAN (Friday & Saturday)
The friendly folk at Mr. Fries Man in North Long Beach are inviting the community to dive into the spooky season with their specialty fries and free, outdoor Halloween movie screenings at their business Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23.
Mr. Fries Man will be screening a family-friendly movie followed by a more adult-appropriate film. On Friday, they’ll start with “The Addams Family” at 6:30 p.m. and “US” at 8:15 p.m. On Saturday it’s “Coco” at 6:30 p.m. and “Skeleton Key” at 8:25 p.m.
Make sure you bring a lawn chair and blanket! And just so we’re clear, the fries aren’t free. Click here for more information.
Mr. Fries Man is at 1009 E. Artesia Blvd.
LONG BEACH OKTOBERFEST – SCOTTISH RITE EVENT CENTER (Friday – Sunday)
A new Oktoberfest celebration in Downtown will be kicking off this Friday, Oct. 22 with heaps of traditional German beer, bites and music.
Guests can enjoy a selection of imported Paulaner Festbier and Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier beers, wine and an assortment of traditional Bavarian specialties such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, cabbage, soft pretzels, and more. There will also be a number of German-inspired vegan options for our plant-based eaters. Los Angeles-based Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts troupe will entertain with a setlist of polka tunes and parody anthems.
The event is family-friendly, however, you must be 21 or older to enter on Friday and Saturday.
General admission tickets cost $20. VIP tickets cost $125 and include entry, a guaranteed seat for entertainment within the first few rows, one official Oktoberfest stein, one plate of food and unlimited pours of hosted beer and/or wine.
The Scottish Rite Event Center is at 855 Elm Ave.
WINDBORNE’S MUSIC OF QUEEN POPS! SYMPHONY – TERRACE THEATER (Saturday)
The Long Beach Symphony is kicking off their first season back to live shows with its POPS! series, featuring the music of the legendary rock band Queen on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Long Beach Arena Pacific Ballroom.
The concert will include music from albums “Classic Queen,” “A Night at the Opera,” “Sheer Heart Attack,” “Jazz,” “News of the World,” “A Kind of Magic,” and “The Works.” In other words, all the good stuff.
If you still need convincing check out this live performance in Hartford, Connecticut from 2009.
Tickets start at $30. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Long Beach Arena Pacific Ballroom is at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.
POLE DANCING CLASSES – THE BLUFF (Sunday)
This Sunday, Oct. 24 is your last chance (at least until April 2022) to try out pole dancing with the ladies of Booty Twerk Network, right outside on Bluff Park.
The six-hour camp offers six different classes in pole dancing and aerial acrobatics for beginners or intermediates, though most of the classes are geared toward beginners.
The cost of classes ranges from $10-$25 one-hour sessions. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
Bluff Park is at the intersection of East Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue.
TIER WELLNESS FAIR – LONG BEACH MARKETPLACE (Sunday)
Wellness center and medical spa, Tier Wellness, is hosting a free fair Sunday, Oct. 24 inviting the community to try out many of their facilities’ amenities, including an oxygen bar, compression boots, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and more.
The six-hour event will also feature food trucks, raffles, free henna tattoos, a live DJ, free face painting and balloon animals for the kiddos and a live meet and greet with four-time Olympic medalist, swimmer Abbey Weitzeil.
Click here for more information and to register.
Tier Wellness fair is at 6695 E. Pacific Coast Highway, across the street from Pa’s Pumpkin Patch.
Meet chef, restauranteur, and bestselling author Nicole Ponseca Sunday, Oct. 24 at The Hangout to learn more about Ponseca’s new cookbook, “I am a Filipino: and this is how we cook.”
The book celebrates the culture and community around Filipino cooking as told by her observations and recipes she collected while traveling through the Philippines.
The event starts at 6 p.m. costs $35 to attend and includes a copy of Ponseca’s book. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot.
The Hangout is at 2122 E. Fourth St.
DIA DE TODOS SANTOS CELEBRATION – SAN PEDRO (Sunday)
San Pedro’s Property Owners’ Alliance is hosting a Dia de los Muertos celebration from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 in Downtown San Pedro.
The celebration will feature craft vendors, face painting, traditional ofrendas, food trucks, live music, and a free screening of the Disney film “Coco.” There will also be an interactive and personalized remembrance activity at The Tree of Life at the Garden Church.
Those who would like to catch the screening of “Coco” at 2 p.m. can reserve a spot, here. Guests must be vaccinated in order to attend the in-door moving screening.
And in case you were wondering, Dia de Todos Santos translates to “All Saints Day” which is technically Dia de los Muertos. We know, it’s kind of confusing.
Dia de Todos Santos will be at 398 W. Sixth Street at the corner of Sixth and Mesa.
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