Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… Cambodian Restaurant Week and a belated Mardi Gras
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Long Beach this weekend is in a celebratory mood. We’ve got St. Patrick’s Day, a belated Mardi Gras and the start of the new Cambodian Restaurant Week. We’ve also found a silent disco and fundraiser, plus an MMA tournament with a local fighter representing his hometown.
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ST. PATRICK’S: BATALLÓN DE SAN PATRICIO (Friday)
On Friday, Feb. 17, Roxanne’s bar is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day event that’s celebrating a unique piece of Irish history. At Marie’s Tek Tec, a bar located on the patio at Roxanne’s, Julio Gutierrez, the mastermind behind the historical cocktail concept Chuntikis, will be serving up a new cocktail inspired by the story of the Batallón de San Patricio, which was a group of Irish and other immigrants who fought during the Mexican-American War of 1846.
The event will also offer corned beef tacos and green-colored beer. Tickets purchased online to the event start at $35 and include all-you-can-eat corned beef tacos for two hours. The $50 ticket offers the all-you-can-eat promotion plus one free cocktail or beer. Tickets purchased at the door cost $50.
Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Roxanne’s is at 1115 E. Wardlow Road.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PUB CRAWL (Friday)
Tickets to this pub crawl on St. Patrick’s Day include entry into over 10 bars and venues in Downtown Long Beach, with each business offering specials on food and drinks all night long.
Some of the included venues include the Irish-owned tavern The Ordinarie (offering $6 Irish whiskey shots and dark flows), Alegria Cocina (offering $5 Irish bombs, $4 green beers, $9 nachos), The Harbor (offering $3 shots) and Broadway Pizza (offering $5 Jameson shots and $5 off any large pizza purchase).
Tickets to the St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl cost $29 and include free entry to all the venues, free green necklaces, free vouchers for shots at some venues and complimentary entry to after-parties. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Must be 21 years or older to enter some venues.
Check-in is from 4-7 p.m. at The Harbor, 130 Pine Ave.
SHAMROCKIN’ MARDI GRAS PARADE (Saturday)
Long Beach’s annual Mardi Gras parade in Shoreline Village (which was originally planned for the end of February but was postponed due to heavy rain) is returning Saturday, March 18, for a full day of dancing, music and everyone’s favorite part—bead tossing.
The daylong celebration will begin at 1 p.m. in front of Gladstone’s restaurant, where Mardi Gras beads will be distributed—organizers expect to give out more than 5,000 beads. The parade will then kick off at 2:30 p.m. This year’s parade will be led by Mayor Rex Richardson and Andrea Sulsona, executive director for early childhood education at YMCA, as parade king and queen.
All over Shoreline Village, guests can check out live music, roaming performers, dancing and food vendors. The event is also celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, so guests can expect foods like corned beef hash and Reuben sandwiches in addition to Creole fares like gumbo, crawfish and fried frog legs. Guests are encouraged to dress up in green or wear their favorite Mardi Gras-inspired outfit.
The event is open to all ages and is free to attend. Click here for more information and a complete schedule of events.
Gladstone’s is at 330 S. Pine Ave.
ARTFUL RHYTHMS: SILENT DISCO & FUNDRAISER (Saturday)
The Long Beach Community Council of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is hosting a silent disco fundraiser on Saturday, March 18, in honor of March being Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month.
The event is designed to bring the community together in both an educational and entertaining environment that celebrates individuals diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an incurable disease that impacts the brain and spinal cord.
Long Beach’s DJ Danga Dang will be behind the turntable, spinning the tunes for the silent disco. There will also be food and other entertainment. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and may bring outside food and drink if inclined.
Tickets to the disco cost $30. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The National MS Society, an organization devoted to finding treatment and cures for multiple sclerosis. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Artful Rhythms Silent Disco and fundraiser will be at 7915 E. Rosina St, which is a residential home.
URIJAH FABER’S A1 COMBAT, EUGENE CORREA VS. OWEN CRAUGH (Saturday)
Mixed martial arts fighter Eugene Correa will be the only fighter representing Long Beach, his hometown, at the A1 Combat presented by UFC and Urijah Faber Saturday, March 18, at Infinite Reality Studios in Long Beach.
Correa, 29, has a professional fighting record of 4-2 with an active three-fight winning streak. He is going up against Owen Craugh, a 34-year-old out of Reno, Nevada, who is 2-0 in his pro career.
Correa vs. Craugh is one of eight fights slated for the evening, with a bantamweight title bout between Payton Talbott and Cristian Rivas to close the show.
Tickets are still available to see the fight in person, with prices ranging from $64-$119. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Infinite Reality Studios is at 20434 S. Sante Fe Ave.
CAMBODIAN RESTAURANT WEEK (Sunday)
The much-anticipated launch of Long Beach’s first Cambodian Restaurant Week, organized by the United Cambodian Community, kicks off Sunday, March 19, with weeklong specials on Cambodian cuisine from restaurants and businesses across the city.
Like other restaurant week promotions in the city, locals will be able to visit participating restaurants (click here to see the list) to purchase Cambodian food, drinks and desserts at a discount, or unique multi-course meals prepared just for the promotion.
Some of the participating restaurants include Cyclonoodles, Phnom Penh Noodle Shack, Battambong BBQ, Udom Khmer and The Rising Phoenix, a new food concept by local celebrity chef, Visoth Tarak Ouk also known as “Chef T.”
The promotion runs through Sunday, March 26. Click here for more information.
SPONSORED BY THE CARPENTER CENTER
FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA RETURNS TO THE CARPENTER CENTER (Saturday)
Renowned flamenco dance company Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana returns to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center this Saturday with their passionate new work, Fronteras.
Choreographed by José Maldonado and Karen Lugo, two of the most accomplished flamenco artists of our time, Fronteras explores the depths of human connection through the vitality of flamenco. Set to an original score by composer and award-winning guitarist José Luis de la Paz—who performs live with a quartet made up of guitarists and singers—Fronteras is an evening of exquisite dance and stirring music showcasing the vitality of flamenco.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s Frontera begins at 8 p.m. this Saturday, March 18 at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of CSULB. Tickets are $45 and available at carpenterarts.org.
The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is at 6200 E. Atherton St.
SPONSORED BY PLANTIITAS
PLANTIITAS – HUB FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS
Plantiitas is a queer and Latine-owned small business plant shop and community event space located in Retro Row, Long Beach. Kevin and Anthony, the plant daddies behind this growing plant shop, use their platform to give back to the community by organizing monthly free-of-charge pop-up markets, workshops, and celebrations. At Plantiitas, they strive to create a safe, welcoming environment for everyone, especially the Queer and Latine community and plant lovers alike.
Some upcoming events they have in store this month include their terrarium workshop and monthly plant swap. The terrarium workshop is an opportunity for attendees to learn about the art of creating a self-sustaining miniature garden in a glass jar with the perfect plants and garden embellishments. Additionally, their monthly plant swap is for plant enthusiasts, both novice and experienced, to exchange plants and supplies and connect with the plant-loving community. They understand that not everyone can make it to the events every month, but you can find events at Plantiitas on a regular basis, so there’s always a chance to participate.
Next week, Plantiitas Market— the original location, will have repotting classes and hand-building/pottery workshops. This collaborative space is home to over 20 local, underrepresented small business brands, some of whom conduct workshops at Plantiitas Market from time to time.
Community members are encouraged to lead their own workshops at Plantiitas, which is how they have events like Qigong & Sound Baths, Mental Health Workshops, Queer Writing Workshops, and so much more! These events not only help to foster relationships with their customers but also contribute to creating a more inclusive and connected community. Click here to keep up with upcoming events.
SPONSORED BY THE LOS CERRITOS CENTER
EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS AT LOS CERRITOS CENTER (March 10 – April 8)
Get a jump on spring: Join us to celebrate spring at Los Cerritos Center. The Easter Bunny is hopping his way over to Main Court and will be here from March 10 through April 8.
We invite everyone to make these memories last by purchasing a special photo with the Easter Bunny. To simplify your visit, hop onto www.shoploscerritos.com/BunnyPhotos, secure a reservation online, and pre-purchase a photo package. Our reservation system lets shoppers lock in a convenient time and helps streamline the traditional visit with the Easter Bunny. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged!
The Los Cerritos Center is at 239 Los Cerritos Center.
SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN LONG BEACH ALLIANCE
GET READY TO CELEBRATE DTLB AT LINCOLN PARK (March 23)
Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 23, 2023, because the next Celebrate Downtown is just around the corner!
The free outdoor event, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, promises to be a great opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the unique character and vitality of Downtown Long Beach. Hosted again in Lincoln Park, this year’s event will feature an exciting lineup of music, food, drinks, and activities for all ages to enjoy.
In addition to sharing recent DLBA accomplishments in Downtown and celebrating our Downtown community, the highlight of the evening’s program will undoubtedly be the announcement of the 2022 Spirit of Downtown winners. For more information, click here.
Lincoln Park is at Pacific Avenue and W. Broadway.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct the title and date of the event.
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