Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a plant party and Greek 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 long weekend alone is enough to celebrate, but Long Beach loves to step it up a notch. We’ve got a celebration of business and community, plants, Greece and music—all happening this weekend.

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FIRST FRIDAYS – BIXBY KNOLLS (Friday)

Flyer courtesy Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association.

On the first Friday of every month, Bixby Knolls residents, businesses, artists and musicians band together for an evening of food, art and entertainment.

This Friday, Sept. 3, the Bixby Knolls Business Corridor, a stretch of businesses along Atlantic Avenue  between Cartagena Street and Claiborne Drive will transform into a block party of sorts, with restaurants, businesses and artists setting up tables and booths for perusing.

This month the double-decker Big Red Bus will be motoring around the Bixby Knolls district offering guests a free ride to the area’s myriad breweries and restaurants.

There will also be an artist’s corner dubbed, “The Artists’ Lot,” a new space that will feature works, wearable art and other wares from 13 local artists. You can find the exhibition by following the tunes of band Jupiter Heat.

First Fridays is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

MICAH BOURNES “DETOX” RELEASE AND LISTENING PARTY – COMPOUND (Saturday)

Poet and rapper Micah Bournes will be hosting a free release and listening party of his newest album, “Detox,” at Compound Saturday, Sept. 4.

A born-and-raised Long Beach artist, Bournes’ music often touches on themes of culture, justice, and faith. His newest album is no different and explores topics of Black masculinity, the paradox of growing up with religion and gangsta rap, oppression and strength in vulnerability.

But if you’re not convinced yet, just check out his last release. It slaps.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.

PEACOCK & CO. GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION/ANNIVERSARY PARTY (Saturday)

Stephanie Saharopulos, owner of Peacock & Co. inside her new plant shop. Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Though perhaps a tad behind schedule, one of the city’s favorite plant shops, Peacock & Co. is throwing their grand opening reception Saturday, Sept. 4.

To help celebrate, Peacock & Co. is bringing in art, home decor, leather goods, hard kombucha and more. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to wish them well and check out the wares.

Click here for more details.

Peacock & Co. is at 306 Cerritos Ave.

LABOR DAY WEEKEND BRUNCH – HOTEL MAYA (Saturday – Sunday)

Image courtesy Hotel Maya.

Fuego restaurant at Hotel Maya is getting hyper-festive the for Labor Day weekend with live music, craft cocktails and a special brunch menu.

On Saturday see Latin guitarist Andres Vadin and Latin jazz artist Franciso Reyes. Then, on Sunday hear from Grammy-award-winning mariachi group, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea.

Saturday and Sunday an a la carte brunch menu offered between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. will feature barbacoa quesadillas, al pastor chilaquiles, ropa vieja (Cuban-style braised short rib) and more. If you show up between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fuego will be offering a poolside barbecue.

Click here for more information and to make a reservation.

Hotel Maya is at 700 Queensway Drive.

LONG BEACH GREEK FESTIVAL (Saturday – Monday)

Greek Fest goers check out Vickie & Jim Sullos’ sweets and pastries booth in Long Beach Sunday September 2, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley

This Labor Day weekend, the popular Long Beach Greek Festival is back, offering a taste of Greek culture to Long Beach locals.

Expect authentic food, drink, dance, music and games. The event is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday. It costs $5 to enter the event site at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church.

Click here for more information.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church is at 5761 E. Colorado St.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

Moompetam Cultural Festival – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC, SEPT. 1

Three women performing during a previous Moompetam Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Image courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its 17th annual American Indian festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People, on September 18 & 19.

The festival is a celebration of indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. You can enjoy traditional songs and dances, craft demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling, and a colorful array of indigenous Pacific Ocean life. “Moompetam” means “of the Ocean” in Tongva.

Reservations are required at this time, click here. Keeping our guests and staff­ safe is our top priority. For the most current information, go to aquariumofpacific.org/safety.

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

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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.
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