Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a ‘whiskey wonderland’ and a lovely night market

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.

Keep toasty this weekend with a local whiskey tasting event or a free rollerskating lesson. Music your thing? We’ve found two local gigs, one that also includes a comedy show.

Into dining while you check out some wildlife? Yeah, we’ve found something for that, too.

Get to scrollin’!


There’s something particularly delightful about shopping in an open-air setting at night. Perhaps it’s the atypical nature of seeing a usually quiet stretch of the Promenade alive with music, vendors and people. Or maybe it’s just all the pretty string lights. Who knows?

Regardless, this Thursday, Jan. 13, shop for fresh produce, craft goods, apothecary items, jewelry, food and more along The Promenade between Third and Fourth streets. The market opens at 5 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Thursday Night Market is on The Promenade (300 N. Promenade) between Third and Fourth streets.


Ukulele Beach Club flyer courtesy organizers/Facebook.

January is the month for new plans, lifestyle changes, ticking off those to-do lists and just generally attempting to level up your life. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to go, right?

If learning a new instrument is on your bucket list for this new year but you’re kinda low on funds, well, this Friday, Jan. 14 at Junipero Beach you can join a free ukulele class and jam session with Taylor Ida Pickett who, judging by her videos on Instagram, looks like she really knows what she’s doing. Pickett will be teaching how to play the song “Brand New Key.”

The lesson is free to attend, but you do need to bring your own ukulele, however, the class will provide sheet music.

Also, this class will be at the beach, so bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.

The class is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Junipero Beach is at 2500 E. Ocean Blvd.


Shangri-La Record Hop flyer courtesy organizers/Facebook.

Every third Saturday of the month the Bamboo Club hosts the Shangri-La Record Hop, a DJ night featuring rockabilly-centric tunes. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why Rockabilly music and tiki culture have become so synonymous but something about it just feels right, especially with a mai tai in hand.

This Saturday’s lineup features an all-female cast of DJs including Jukebox Jodi, Dynomite Lola, and Madame X. Also, while you’re there, make sure you wish Jukebox Jodi and Madame X a happy birthday.

Shangri-La Record Hop is on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There’s no cover charge to enter. Click here for more information.

Bamboo Club is at 3522 E. Anaheim St.


Flyer courtesy organizers/Eventbrite.

Returning for its fifth year, Whiskey Wonderland is set to welcome patrons once again Sunday, Jan. 16 at Roxanne’s bar.

The six-hour event features whiskey tastings, food vendors, live music and games. Tickets start at $25 and include one free drink and 10 whiskey tastings. Not drinking? You can purchase an admission ticket for $5 and partake in games and check out the food.

Per city ordinance, patrons must be fully vaccinated and provide proof in order to attend. Masks must be worn while indoors.

Whiskey Wonderland is from noon to 6 p.m. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Roxanne’s is at 1115 E. Wardlow Road.



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Brunch at Hotel Maya’s Fuego restaurant will also include a flying hawk demonstration Sunday, Jan. 16 courtesy the hotel’s “Maya-Animals” attraction, a new dining series that aims to highlight and educate patrons about the many animals whose characteristics the Mayans assigned to their deities.

Lori Prichard, owner of HawkEye Predators and Hollywood the Hawk will be at the restaurant from noon to 3 p.m. with a live hawk, allowing for an up-close look and flying demonstration while she shares fun facts and information about the winged predator.

The event is free to attend, but does require a dining reservation. Reservations can be made online, click here, or by calling 562-481-3910.

Hotel Maya is at 700 Queensway Drive. Fuego restaurant is located inside the hotel.



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Local wine and beer bar and music venue, Vine, is hosting an evening of music and comedy Sunday, Jan. 16 featuring two music artists and two comedians.

Potential for laughs courtesy comedians Steven Marcus Releford and Evan Warner; music by Chico Harpo and Korean Milkman. For a glimpse of what you can expect, check out the video above.

The event is free to attend, but patrons must be 21 or older to enter the bar. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Per city ordinance, patrons must be fully vaccinated and provide proof in order to attend. Masks must be worn while indoors.

Vine is at 2142 E. Fourth St.


Flyer courtesy Pedal Movement/Facebook.

Local bike and skate rental business Pedal Movement has hosted bi-weekly beach-side rollerskating sessions since the summer of last year.

While many of those sessions offered opportunities to learn how to skate thanks to the ultra-friendly staff, now the business is hosting a dedicated skating session specifically for beginners.

With over a decade of experience skating and instructing others, Tracy “Banzai” Ugai will be on-site ready to help teach you the basics of skating.

The free skate lesson will run from 11 a.m. to noon at the basketball courts at Junipero Beach. If you don’t have any skates, Pedal Movement will have rentals available on-site. You can also reserve your skates online ahead of time, click here.

For more information about the event click here.

Junipero Beach is at 2500 E. Ocean Blvd.

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