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.
Two very popular food events are back this week, notably the Taste of Downtown food series (back in-person for the first time since the pandemic, no less) and the Long Beach Seafood Festival. What’s also special about this weekend is the debut of two new events, including a new music series at Shoreline Village and the very cute Babies! exhibition at the Aquarium of the Pacific, which you might have guessed, features a host of the aquarium’s tiny-tiny creatures.
If you’re feeling like a little shopping, we’ve found an event for that. Or if you feel like giving back, consider going to a special concert raising money to help those struggling from the war in Ukraine.
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TASTE OF DOWNTOWN – EAST VILLAGE (Wednesday & Thursday)
Check out all the local grub East Village has to offer with the return of Taste of Downtown, and back in-person for the first time since the pandemic shut all the fun down.
On Wednesday and Thursday, May 25-26 select businesses in East Village will be offering a taste of their signature food and drinks, giving you the opportunity to find your new favorite restaurant(s) without too much damage to your wallet.
The event is free to attend, but in order to sample you’ll need to purchase $1 “taste tickets.” Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
Taste of Downtown will be in the East Village between Elm and Linden avenues on First Street.
HELP HEAL UKRAINE CONCERT & FUNDRAISER – LA TRAVIATA (Thursday)
Organized by the Ukraine United Fund (UUF), this concert and dinner fundraiser Thursday, May 26 is aiming to help provide support to children, families, refugees and medics who’ve been affected by the war in Ukraine.
The event will feature a performance from award-winning violinist Philip Vaiman, pianist Lyena Atonyicq and Ukrainian jazz, pop singer and songwriter Nuttalya.
Tickets cost $35 and include an Italian dinner buffet from La Traviata. All profits and donations go to Leleka Foundation, which will also purchase first aid kits for medics on the field.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
La Traviata Restaurant is at 301 N. Cedar Ave.
BABIES! EXHIBITION – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Friday)
On Friday, May 27 the Aquarium of the Pacific is debuting its newest exhibition all about baby animals.
“Babies!” features over a dozen exhibits with baby or young animals including sea otters, sea turtles, tiny cuttlefish, miniature sea jellies, frogs and baby sharks.
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Aside from gawking over all the cuteness, guests will learn just how the ocean acts as a nursery for these young creatures and how the aquarium is working to help many of these endangered species.
Access to Babies! is included in a general admission ticket which costs $36.95 for those 12 and older; $26.95 for children 3-11; $33.95 for seniors ages 62 and older.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.
LONG BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL – SHORELINE AQUATIC PARK (Saturday)
The third annual Long Beach Seafood Festival will be held at Shoreline Aquatic Park on the grassy slopes by Lions Lighthouse Saturday, May 28. Over 20 seafood vendors (and counting) are expected to take over the waterfront grounds, offering a diverse range of seafood dishes from sushi to crab cakes to lobster mac n’ cheese and fried oysters to seafood gumbo, shrimp skewers, grilled squid and more.
In addition to offering full-sized meals, each of the vendors will be selling smaller, sample-sized dishes priced at $5. So if you’re looking to try as many dishes as your stomach can handle, this approach is the way to go.
The festival is designed to be a family-friendly event with live music and entertainment all day long. There will be communal games such as giant Jenga and Connect Four for attendees to enjoy, plus a giant mechanical bull.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets at $21 for attendees ages 13 and older. Tickets are $8 for children ages 5-12.
Shoreline Aquatic Park is at 200 Aquarium Way.
THE PIKE MARKET ON BAY STREET – PIKE OUTLETS (Saturday)
Over 50 vendors are expected to take over the Pike Outlets Saturday, May 28 in a day-long shopping market with food, drinks, boutique shops and live music.
Vendors will be set up along Bay Street at the Pike Outlets where shoppers can expect to find clothes, jewelry, home goods, pet merchandise, plants and more.
The market is free to attend and will run from 1-9 p.m. Click here for more information.
Pike Market on Bay Street is at 8 Bay St.
SEASIDE CONCERTS – SHORELINE VILLAGE (Sunday)
Shoreline Village is a lovely place to visit any weekend. There are restaurants and shops along the boardwalk, plus its waterfront location makes it a picturesque destination from any vantage point.
But weekends at Shoreline Village are about to get a little more inviting with a new concert series every Sunday beginning on May 29. Kicking off the show is Long Beach’s Shyy But Flyy a blues-soul vocalist with a ton of heart. Catch her set for free from 1 to 5 p.m. on the boardwalk by the Funnel House.
Click here to see the complete lineup of bands and artists to play this summer and fall.
Shoreline Village is at 429 Shoreline Village Dr.
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