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 we’ve found two arts shows celebrating local Black artists and another featuring the creative, heartwarming works of Long Beach Unified School District students with intellectual disabilities. This weekend is also a great opportunity to try out new food businesses that are coming together at two different pop-ups. There’s also a unique, one-day-only tasting event featuring a favorite local Cambodian chef.
If you’re looking to unwind with some furry friends, we’ve found a great local yoga class where kittens roam free. And since Earth Day is just around the corner, we’re recommending a great eco fair at a local urban farm.
Get to scrollin’!
BEST BUDDIES ART SHOW AND SALE (Thursday)
After a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Jordan High School’s Best Buddies Art Show and Sale returns to the Museum of Latin American Art Thursday, April 20, with an exhibition featuring the creative works by Long Beach Unified School District students with intellectual disabilities.
This year the students created works under the theme “Heroes and Hope,” which will be available to view and purchase at the exhibition. All proceeds will benefit the Jordan High School Best Buddies Club, which promotes inclusion and friendship between students with intellectual disabilities and their classmates through collaborative social, arts and community volunteer activities.
The event will also feature dance performances by Jordan High School’s Latin American student society dancers and the Jordan High School dance team. The event opens at 4:30 p.m. Free admission is offered to any LBUSD student. Click here for more information.
The Museum of Latin American Art is at 628 Alamitos Ave.
CATS & MATS YOGA (Friday)
Downtown cat lounge Feline Good Social Club will be hosting its popular Cats & Mats yoga session again Friday, April 21, where guests can experience an instructor-led yoga class while their adoptable cats and kittens roam about.
The class is 45 minutes long and includes 20 minutes of kitten playtime.
Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased online. Click here for more information.
Feline Good Social Club is at 301 Atlantic Ave.
MOVIES & MOONLIGHT: “STRANGE WORLD” (Friday)
The outdoor movie screening series, “Moonlight & Movies,” at 2ND & PCH returns Friday, April 21, with a free screening of Disney’s “Strange World.”
The sunset showing takes place along Seaport Way, the street running through the shopping center that is closed to traffic. Space is first-come, first-served, and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit.
As mentioned, the show will be screened at sunset (approx. 7:30 p.m.). There will also be free face painting for kids from 5-7 p.m. For more details, click here.
2ND & PCH is at 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
THE NEST TAMBIEN CHEF DINING SERIES FEATURING “CHEF T” (Friday)
Local celebrity chef Visoth Tarak Ouk, also known as “Chef T,” has teamed up with Bellflower brunch restaurant, The Nest Tambien, to create a unique tasting event celebrating Cambodian cuisine happening Friday, April 21.
The prix fixe six-course menu features classic Cambodian recipes reimagined by Chef T including beef kroeung with lemongrass, venus clam, shrimp base and salted crab and Chef T’s Amok Royal King, a fish curry loaded with fresh fish, salmon and lobster tail. The menu also includes some fusion recipes such as a durian waffle bread pudding and a five-spice char siu Belgian waffle with basil Thai iced tea syrup.
The tasting is part of a dining series created by The Nest Tambien that is designed to celebrate emerging chefs and California’s unique gastronomy while also giving diners a “dope night of eating.”
Tickets start at $95. The tasting also includes a five-course drink pairing menu for an additional purchase. Click here for more information.
The Nest Tambien is at 16916 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER’S LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE (Friday)
The African American Cultural Center of Long Beach is presenting a new exhibition celebrating the unique works of six talented Black local artists.
The showcase on Friday, April 21, at the Expo Arts Center in Bixby Knolls features a variety of pieces including digital art, collage, oil and acrylic painting and more.
The event, which is from 5:30-8:30 p.m., is free to attend. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
The Expo Arts Center is at 4321 Atlantic Ave.
After a successful inaugural event last month, the smorgasbord of food trucks and vendors will be gathering again at Long Beach City College Saturday, April 22, during the Food-a-Looza food pop-up created by Long Beach Living in collaboration with Long Beach Swap Meet.
Over a dozen trucks and pop-ups offering a variety of cuisines and desserts are slated to show. The event will also feature a beer garden and live entertainment. Entry is free; food and drinks are not.
Find the event on the corner of Alamitos Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway at LBCC’s Pacific Coast Campus from noon to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.
Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus is at 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway.
LOVE MOTHER ECO FAIR (Saturday)
In celebration of Earth Day and a two-year milestone for Sowing Seeds of Change, the urban farm is hosting its Love Mother Eco Fair again this year, and the community is welcome to attend.
Attendees can experience a host of Earth Day-related activities, from flower crown making and succulent planting to building a bird feeder and a clothing swap. The fair will also feature several workshops including a composting demonstration and an introduction to beekeeping as well as food and drinks for purchase.
The fair, which is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free to attend, but RSVP is recommended. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Sowing Seeds of Change Urban Farm is at 620 San Francisco Ave.
LONG BEACH POP UP & CAR SHOW (Saturday)
A sprawling vendor market and car show is setting up shop at McBride High School on Saturday, April 22, featuring over 100 multicultural vendors selling food, drinks, kitchen essentials and more.
The event is presented by Sama Ka Na Caravan & Events, a Filipino-owned traveling pop-up events company that brings together a wide variety of multicultural vendors to support small businesses and build community.
The Long Beach Pop Up and Car Show is free to attend and is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McBride High School is at 7025 E. Parkcrest St.