Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a murder mystery and an ocean sustainability 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.

This weekend marks the beginning of two new festivals in Long Beach. The first is an ocean sustainability-focused event that also coincides with the West Marine U.S. Open. The second is a specially curated film festival by Long Beach Opera.

We’ve also found a rare comedy show, an interactive murder mystery dinner, and an arts and crafts marketplace that doesn’t get enough attention.

Get to scrollin’!


Sea Change Festival flyer courtesy organizers.

A new ocean sustainability-focused festival is kicking off in Belmont Shore Saturday, July 16 where attendees can participate in a beach clean-up, check out Formula Kiteboarding and KiteFoil portions of the West Marine U.S. Open regatta, and soak up myriad beach festivities pertaining to the ocean and sustainability.

Some of these activities include a public sand building contest (with a spotlight on a professional sand castle builder), live art demonstrations and education on sailing and kiteboarding, complimentary food and beverages and more.

The festival, which is from noon to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Sea Change Festival is at 79 Claremont Place.


Art courtesy The Dinner Detective.

Similar to the premise of the classic board game “Clue,” this interactive theater experience invites guests to help solve a murder while dining on a four-course meal.

The Dinner Detective, heralded by the company as America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show, will unfold Saturday, July 16 at the Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown.

What’s fun about the show is how you can approach your experience. If being part of the action sounds like your kind of party, all you have to do is speak up and make yourself part of the story. But, you can also opt for a more traditional theater experience and watch the drama unfold while you dine and drink. And yes, there is a full bar available on site.

Tickets cost $69.95. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown is at 500 E. First St.


Dalia Malek comedy show flyer courtesy Long Beach Beer Lab.

Catch a free stand-up set by Dalia Malek, an internationally touring Egyptian-American comedian. The show you’ll catch on Saturday, July 16 at the Long Beach Beer Lab will be her set titled “Another Castle” that she’s preparing for the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The show is in collaboration with Friendzone Comedy, a local group that puts on stand-up shows in venues and bars across the city. The show is free to attend. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m. Must be 18 or older to catch the show.

Click here for more information.

Long Beach Beer Lab is at 518 W. Willow St.


Photo by Brian Addison.

In honor of their three years on Anaheim St. Trademark Brewing is hosting an anniversary party at their brewery.

The party is summer camp themed and will include opportunities to try new brews, play games, dance to live music and enter raffles. Food will be provided from local vendors including Colossus Bread, Flaco’s Tacos and AGL’s Craft Meats.

The event is free to attend and beings at noon. Must be 21 or older to enjoy. Click here for more information.

Trademark Brewing is at 233 E. Anaheim St.


A shot from “Entry,” Long Beach Opera’s commissioned short film that will premiere at the LBO film festival at the Art Theatre Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17. Photo courtesy Long Beach Opera.

Long Beach Opera is hosting its first film festival at the Art Theatre with two full days of film screenings and live performances July 16 and 17.

Saturday’s programming includes nine films, many of which will feature live performances and movie scores. On Sunday, LBO will premiere four short films including the premieres of the LBO commissioned short film “Entry” and the LA area premiere of Gallant Indies, based on Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera-ballet that was directed by Clément Cogitore for the Opéra National de Paris.

Two-day passes are available for LBO subscribers and general admission tickets are $45 for Saturday, July, 16 and $30 on Sunday, July 17. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Art Theatre of Long Beach is at 2025 E. Fourth St.


Courtesy flyer.

Every Sunday at the Marketplace Long Beach over 30 vendors set up shop, selling handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts and goods.

Check out a variety of crystals, soaps, jewelry, plants, pots, clothing, purses, home decor and more at the fair located behind the Trader Joe’s off of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway.

The arts and crafts fair is free to attend and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information.

The Arts and Crafts Fair is at 6475 Pacific Coast Highway.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.