Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including…. a clothing swap and a mindfulness music festival

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.

Check out the return of a popular music festival, catch the last showings of a daring play or settle down for a screening of a documentary featuring the faces and voices of the women’s empowerment movement of the 1980s.

There are also ample opportunities for shopping, swapping and adopting this weekend.

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“Still Working 9 to 5” film poster courtesy Zoe Nicholson.

A special (and free) screening of the documentary “Still Working 9 to 5” is showing at the Art Theatre Thursday, July 21, that will include a Q&A with the directors and producers of the recently released feature-length documentary.

The film examines the 40-year evolution of gender inequality and discrimination in the workplace through the lens of the 1980 seminal film “9 to 5,” which starred Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney Coleman. The documentary opens up with a deconstruction of the film, explaining how the 1980 comedy shone a light on gender inequality in the workplace and through key points in history that furthered gender equality for women.

The film features interviews with the stars of the original film, plus other actors, writers and advocates of the women’s rights movement.

The screening is free to attend and will run from 6:30-9 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Click here to RSVP.

The Art Theatre is at 2025 E. Fourth St.

“MERCURY FUR” – GARAGE THEATER (Thursday – Saturday)

A scene from Garage Theatre’s production “Mercury Fur.” Photo courtesy Garage Theatre.

This weekend is the last showing of Garage Theatre’s production of “Mercury Fur,” a drama set in a dystopian version of London’s East End. It’s a lawless place rife with gang violence and drug abuse, with the drug of choice taking the form of an hallucinogenic butterfly. The play centers on a group of young adults, some drug dealing, others addicted, who cater to the whims of wealthy party goers until faced with an atrocity that forces the gang to decide just how far they’re willing to go to save the people they love.

“Mercury Fur” is just the sort of play the Garage Theatre is bold enough to tackle, and is likely to be a shock-inducing watch, just as the playwright Philip Ridley had intended when it premiered in 2005.  It’s dark, disturbing and maybe a little tough to sit through, but what is art good for if not evoking strong feelings?

Performances will run Thursday-Saturday. Tickets start at $25. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Garage Theatre is at 251 E. Seventh St.


Courtesy flyer.

Boutique and gift shop Rooted Long Beach is providing free plants Saturday, July 23, inviting anyone from the community to come by and “adopt” one.

Most of the plants they are giving away are leftovers from previous plant swap events or are in need of a little care. You can find the plants outside the store between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. Click here for more information.

Rooted Long Beach is at 3805 Atlantic Ave.


Bubba Vazquez of La Verne, spins his fire stick as he dances during the Love Long Beach Festival, at Shoreline Aquatic Park, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr.

Back for the first time since pandemic restrictions, the Love Long Beach Festival is returning to Shoreline Aquatic Park for its seventh year with live music, art and attractions that emphasize holistic healing on July 23 and 24.

The two-day festival is a popular event, drawing large crowds for its 50+ DJ lineup, multiple music stages—four this year—and its unique atmosphere. Amid the dancing, attendees can check out or participate in yoga sessions, sound baths and meditation exercises. There will also be a small marketplace with vendors, food and drinks.

Tickets to the festival start at $25. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Shoreline Aquatic Park is at 200 Aquarium Way.


Clothing swap flyer courtesy 3 Women Co.

After a successful first go-around in April, the owners of 3 Women Co. and Burke Mercantile are hosting a clothing swap, inviting anyone from the community to switch up their wardrobe by trading clothes with other individuals. Participants can bring up to 10 articles of clothing, which also includes shoes and accessories, to barter with. All clothes must be gently used.

There will also be a small marketplace with local vendors selling vintage and secondhand goods. Participants can also opt to join a raffle with proceeds benefiting the Long Beach Community Table nonprofit.

The event is free to attend and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Click here for more information.

The Clothing Swap will be outside on First Street and Linden Avenue nearby 3 Women Co at 433 E. First St.


Courtesy flyer.

If you’ve ever spent a Sunday afternoon at The Bluff, perhaps for the popular Yoga on the Bluff event, or just to take a stroll along the shoreline, it’s possible you’ve seen a huddle of tents. Those stretch of tents is home to what its vendors refer to as “The Alternative Market,” which as it sounds, is a market that sells gifts, handmade goods and other items you might not normally find in your everyday shopping.

The participating vendors change frequently, according to organizers, but generally, shoppers can find everything from food to skincare, jewelry, clothing, crystals and more. The market will be open from noon to sunset, Sunday, July 24. Click here for more information.

The Alternative Market is at Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue.



Marine wildlife photographer Mike Bartick brings the darkest depths of the world’s oceans into the light for those of us on land to see. The award-winning artist and diving instructor based in the Philippines finds, observes and captures images of creatures such as zooplankton, blanket octopus and squid.

During the First Wednesdays event series at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Bartick, who is a professional photographer for, will showcase his curiosity-driven photographs and share some of his experiences encountering critters from around the globe.

The free event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the Honda Pacific Theater, will include a cash bar cocktail hour with live music following the presentation. Reservations are required and may be made online or by calling 562-590-3100. The presentation also will be livestreamed.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.

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