Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… artwalks and rare concerts

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 week we found not one, but two art walks to enjoy. One in San Pedro and the other is the long-awaited return of the East Village ArtWalk. Plus, there are a couple of October-inspired activities (yes, some drinking of course) and a few concerts by some of the most lauded musicians in their respective disciplines.

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FIRST THURSDAY ARTWALK  – SAN PEDRO (Thursday)

Photo courtesy organizers/Facebook.

Bring the family to Downtown San Pedro for an evening of music, entertainment, food and art Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6-9 p.m.

Guided art walks will be available, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Artistry (491 W. Sixth St. Suite 103) then to PIXELS Creative Space and finally the 4th Street Lofts Art Studios. Click here to register for the guided tour. Other studios and galleries will be open to the public, click here for a map.

Food trucks will be positioned on the ArtWalk perimeters, and music by Dustin Case will be at the corner of Sixth Street and Mesa Street.

Click here for more information.

DOODLEFEST – TRADEMARK BREWING (Saturday)

Promo flyer courtesy Trademark Brewing/Eventbrite.

Trademark Brewing has devised a new Oktoberfest-inspired beer they’ve dubbed “Doodlefest” and, as such, have opened their brewery Saturday, Oct. 9 for an all-day event (noon to 10 p.m.) celebrating German beer, food and dogs (though your dog doesn’t need German ancestry to attend).

The event will feature German food vendors—and some vegan bites—lots of beer and Oktoberfest-inspired activities.

Those include a dog costume contest, stein holding contest, a pretzel throwing contest and more. Click here for more information.

Trademark Brewing is at 233 E. Anaheim St.

BEMBRIDGE HOUSE FUNDRAISER (Saturday)

The Bembridge House in Long Beach. Courtesy Facebook/Long Beach Heritage.

The historic Bembridge House is hosting a fundraiser to help support the house and its garden through a garden art and plant sale Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Garden items for sale include antique bird cages, unique fairy gardens, succulent plants, ceramic pots and planters and other gift items. Large, drought-tolerant plants will be available for $10-$15 and succulents of all sizes are offered two for $1, two for $5 or at just $5.

Bembridge House is at 935 Park Circle.

BAKITHI KUMALO CONCERT – GRAND ANNEX (Saturday)

Bass player Bakithi Kumalo. Photo courtesy musician.

Named one of the 50 greatest bass players of all-time, five-time Grammy-award-winner Bakithi Kumalo will perform Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Grand Annex concert hall in San Pedro.

The South African bass player fuses elements of traditional African music and popular American radio tunes of his youth. To date, the artist has released five albums with his sixth, titled “What You Hear Is What You See,” to drop on Oct. 21.

Grand Annex concert attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative 72-hour PCR or antigen test at the door. Facemasks will also be required while indoors.

Tickets cost $23 and may be purchased online, click here.

Grand Annex is at 434 W. Sixth St.

LONG BEACH ARTWALK – EAST VILLAGE (Saturday)

The East Village Arts Park event, Cre Day, during LB Artwalk on Saturday, July 13. Photo by Asia Morris.

The Long Beach Artwalk is returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Stroll around East Village in Downtown from noon to 5 p.m. to check out all the nearby shops and participating vendors who will be stationed outside.

A good starting point is at East Village Arts Park at 150 Elm Ave.

Click here for more information.

‘TWO JACKS’ HALLOWEEN PAINT AND SIP – HILTON LONG BEACH (Saturday)

An example of what guests will be painting on Saturday. Image courtesy organizers/Facebook.

Spooky season is upon us and Painting & Vino is getting into the spirit with a Halloween-inspired painting session Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Hilton Long Beach hotel.

Follow along with artist Alexis Rivera as she shows you how to recreate the two Jack-o-lanterns portrait pictured above. Guests are invited to bring their beverage of choice.

Tickets cost $35 but include all the materials including the canvas, brushes and acrylic paint. Click here to purchase your ticket and for more information.

Hilton Long Beach is at 701 W. Ocean Blvd.

PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO CONCERT – GRAND ANNEX (Sunday)

Peppino D’Agostino playing guitar. Photo by Jarek Pepkowski.

Italian guitar virtuoso Peppino D’Agostino will perform at the Grand Annex concert hall in San Pedro Sunday, Oct. 10.

Expect to hear a variety of guitar techniques and a multitude of musical styles including classical, Brazilian and jazz that has garnered the guitarist touring opportunities with guitar legends such as Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Larry Carlton and Sergio Assad.

The evening also features a wine tasting at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $28. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Grand Annex concert attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative 72-hour PCR or antigen test at the door. Facemasks will be required while indoors.

Grand Annex is at 434 W. Sixth St.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

SOUTHEAST ASIA DAY – SUNDAY, OCT. 17

Southeast Asia Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 2019. Courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to present our 17th Annual Southeast Asia Day on Sunday, October 17.

Join us for a cultural celebration of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia. Guests will enjoy music, dance and cultural craft demonstrations.

Children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts. Capacity is limited. Advance reservations are required. No walk-ups. Click here to reserve.

Keeping our guests and staff safe is our top priority. Masks are required for all ages 2 and over. For the most current information, go to aquariumofpacific.org/safety.

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

 

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