Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… cycling mural tours and a pumpkin patch

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.

Well whaddya know, a list this weekend without music. Not that this list is lacking, though. Leading up to the first weekend of October we’ve found a breezy bike ride tour where you can check out all the POW! WOW! art installations in progress, an all-you-can-drink wine festival, a craft fair that’s all about the fall season, an art studio tour and more.

And we’ve got pumpkins because October. Duh.

Get to scrollin’!

POW! WOW! ARTIST LED MURAL TOURS (Thursday)

Flyer courtesy organizers.

Ride around Long Beach with artist Nat Losbaker Thursday, Sept. 30 to see this year’s POW! WOW! mural installations painted in real-time during the city-wide mural festival. The four-mile bike ride will hit nearly every mural in the city starting at Pedal Movement Junipero Beach Stand and end at El Barrio Cantina.

The free event invites anyone with a bike, rollerskates or skateboards to join. Pedal Movement bike rentals can be reserved online, click here. You can also get 10% off your rental by using the promo code: BIKEpowwow202.

The tour is from 5 to 7 p.m. The tours will be available until Oct. 5. Click here for more information.

Pedal Movement Junipero Beach stand is near the beach parking lot off of Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue.

PUMPKIN MARKET – EL DORADO FRONTIER (Saturday)

Two girls wearing witches hats looking at a small pumpkin patch. Photo courtesy El Dorado Frontier.

The El Dorado Frontier’s fourth annual Pumpkin Market returns Saturday, Oct. 2 to the mini, gold-rush inspired theme park. Patrons can search for that perfect pumpkin to take home and enjoy many of the park’s special holiday activities such as a 12-minute narrated train ride that goes over the origins of the Jack O’ Lantern. There will also be a variety of photo opportunities, including one in front of a 16-foot reclaimed wood pumpkin.

Children can participate in carnival games, the panning for treasure activity, a carousel ride and more.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased online for $15 ($17 at the door) which includes unlimited rides on the train and carousel rides. Pumpkins are not included in the ticket price. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

El Dorado Frontier is at 7550 E. Spring St.

LA WINE FEST – HARRY BRIDGES MEMORIAL PARK (Saturday & Sunday)

Festival goers attend the 2019 L.A. Wine Fest. Courtesy of L.A. Wine Fest.

The 15th annual LA Wine Fest will take over the spacious grassy slopes of Harry Bridges Memorial Park (near the Queen Mary) Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday Oct. 3 with all-you-can-drink wine and beer.

Tickets get you unlimited pours of beer and wine from 29 wineries and seven breweries as well as bottled water, coffee and small, sample-sized bites. The festival will also feature food trucks, artisan shopping boutiques and live music. Click here for a list of participating wineries and businesses.

Ticket prices range from $80 to $100. Designated driver entry costs $20. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Harry Bridges Memorial Park is at 1126 Queens Hwy.

LONG BEACH OPEN STUDIO TOUR (Saturday & Sunday)

Artist Noel Madrid in his studio. Photo by Ashley Aguirre.

Check out the studios of the city’s many artists this weekend during the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, a free event meant to connect local artists with the community.

The month-long event will feature over 50 artists and their spaces in different areas of Long Beach. This Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 2-3) guests can visit artists in Zaferia, Rose Park and the East Side.

Organizers have created special maps guests can use to find participating studios. Click here for the maps and for more information.

Visitors must wear masks while indoors, per state mandate.

AUTUMN CELEBRATION CRAFT FAIR (Sunday)

Image courtesy organizers/Facebook.

The weekly arts and crafts fair at the Marketplace on PCH and Second Street is ready for autumn this Sunday, Oct. 2 with vendors selling autumn-inspired wares from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Patrons can find unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, home decor, crystals, artisan soaps, custom embroidery and more.

The market is free to attend and can be found in the courtyard behind Trader Joe’s.

Find the market at 7475 Pacific Coast Hwy.

“FREE DAY AT THE J” – ALPERT JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER (Sunday)

Children jump into a pool at the Alpert Jewish Community Center. Photo courtesy Alpert Jewish Community Center.

The Alpert Jewish Community Center is inviting the community to visit their center Sunday, Oct. 3 for a day of free swimming and exercise classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The free classes include zumba, spin, yoga, aqua aerobics, martial arts and more. Click here to see the available classes and reserve a spot.

The Alpert Jewish Community Center is at 3801 E. Willow St.

PAGBANDON FILIPINO MIGRANT CENTER CELEBRATION & FUNDRAISER – ST. LUCY CATHOLIC CHURCH (Sunday)

The Filipino Migrant Center is hosting its 11th-anniversary celebration and fundraiser at the St. Lucy Catholic Church, Sunday, Oct. 3 with food vendors, live music and performances with different organizations sharing health resources for people across Southern California.

Organizer’s settled on this year’s theme as “Pagbangon,” or “rise,” as a reflection of everyone’s victories and struggles through the last year-and-a-half.

The event is a fundraiser and costs $25-$100 to attend. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

St. Lucy Catholic Church is at 2301 Santa Fe Ave.

PHOTOGRAPHER’S NIGHT – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Sunday)

A sea lion casually swims through his enclosure at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Thursday, June 17, 2021. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Professional and fledgling photographers get special access to the Aquarium of the Pacific Sunday, Oct. 3 to photograph its wildlife after-hours from 6-10 p.m.

The event will also include meeting vendors, testing new equipment, attending an intro workshop, and meeting like-minded photo enthusiasts.

Tickets cost $36.95 and may be purchased online, click here.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

SCIENTISTS FLOAT FUTURE OF UNDERWATER ROBOTS – AQUARIUM OFTHE PACIFIC, OCT. 6

Flyer courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesdays event series this October features a “Robot Lounge” where people can meet humanoids with artificial intelligence.

There to explain the applications of underwater robots will be Dr. Gaurav Sukhatme, co-director of the University of Southern California’s Robotics Research Laboratory.

His lab’s work focuses on using robots to sample water quality and inspect underwater structures in regions with high ship traffic.
The free event from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 also includes a special “Robot Lounge” and will be capped off with a cocktail hour.

Reservations are required, click here for more info.

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

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