Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including…. sunset skate sessions and spooky movie screenings

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’!


This photo shows a stretch of Fourth Street facing Cherry Avenue during sunset. The sky is golden with touches of pink in the skyline. The person who took the photo must have been standing in the middle of the street because it depicts the street from the middle of the road.

A photo of Retro Row at sunset. Photo courtesy 4th Street Long Beach/Facebook.

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.


This photo depicts five female roller skaters skating on pavement during a sunny afternoon without a cloud in the sky. One of the skaters is wearing a cloth mask over her mouth.

A group of rollerskaters skate on pavement. Photo courtesy Pedal Movement/Facebook.

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.


This photo of musicians Roddy Bottum and his boyfriend Joey Holman depict the pair on a ferry boat with the New York City skyline behind them.

Roddy Bottum and Joey Holman of Man On Man, a new psychedelic indie band that celebrates queer love. Image courtesy Polyvinyl Records.

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.


Co-owner Deonta Douglas, a black man, holds up a plate of fries topped with fried chicken and multiple saunces outside his new restaurant, Mr. Fries Man, in North Long Beach. The building is painted black and yellow, like a bumble bee but without stripes.

Co-owner Deonta Douglas holds up a plate of fries topped with fried chicken and multiple sauces outside his Mr. Fries Man franchise in North Long Beach, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

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.


This photo shows a man dressed in traditional lederhosen costume while drinking a beer out of a plastic up during an Oktoberfest event in Long Beach.

Christine Welch and David Hersbruck drink beer dressed in traditional German garb for Saturday’s event. Welch says she tries to follow the beer adage from her German grandfather: “Give me tomorrow further thirst (for beer). Everything else is unimportant.” Sept. 29, 2019. Photo by Bill Alkofer.

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.

Tickets are on sale now, click here to purchase. For more information on the event, click here.

The Scottish Rite Event Center is at 855 Elm Ave.


This promotional flyer reads "Windborne's Music of Queen" and depicts a caricature of Freddy Mercury, the frontman of Queen, holding up a fist.

Flyer courtesy Long Beach Symphony.

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.


This photo depicts a woman twirling on a pole while pole dancing on The Bluff.

Image courtesy Booty House Twerk.

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.


The photo is of a promotional flyer for the Tier Wellness fair. The flyer includes information about the event including avaiable amenities and location of the event.

Flyer courtesy Tier Wellness.

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.

A promotional flyer for the I am a Filipino book event at the Hangout. The image shows the cover of the author's book as well as the author, Nicole Ponseca, smiling.

Flyer courtesy Bel Canto Books.

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.


A promotional flyer of the Dia de Todos Santos, also known as Dia de los Muertos, festival features a purple background with a bright yellow traditional skull adorned with colorful flowers. The flyer includes text that specifies when the festival takes place and where.

Flyer courtesy organizers.

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.



Promotional flyer.

A renowned marine ecologist and conservation strategy adviser at The Nature Conservancy and member of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Board of Directors, Stephanie Wear’s research is focused on developing strategies to reduce threats to coral reefs and ocean ecosystems.

She will be a guest speaker as part of the Aquarium’s free monthly First Wednesdays lecture series taking place from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3, which also includes a special “Outhouse Cafe” and will be capped off with a cocktail hour.

Reservations are required, click here.

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

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