Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including…folklórico and front porch concerts

This weekend is all about Mom, likely because she won’t let you forget, and so we’ve got brunch, some live music and a painting class to check out.

Though chances are you’ve got your Cinco de Mayo plans squared away, we’ve included a couple of spots you may have overlooked just below—lots of folklórico dancing! We also have a more extensive list, here.

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The Sin Frontera band. Image courtesy Catalina Island Museum.

The open-air plaza of the Catalina Island Museum will be buzzing with dancing and music for Cinco de Mayo, courtesy of the Queztal folklórico dancers and the Sin Frontera band. The band will perform throughout the evening while the dancers are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Coyote Joe’s taco bar will be on site along with beer, wine and cocktails for purchase. Children will have arts and crafts opportunities, including a build-your-own pinata activity.

The event is from 6-9 p.m Wednesday, May 5. To purchase tickets, which are the cost of the museum admission ($20 adult, $5 children), click here.


In honor of Cinco de Mayo on Wednesday, May 5, 2nd & PCH is hosting two outdoor music and dance performances. The first, from 5-6 p.m. features Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles (see video above) regarded as one of the nation’s premier Mexican folk dance companies, followed by Santa Ana-based mariachi band Mariachi Corazon de Maria who will perform 6-8 p.m.

The performances, which are free to attend, will take place on the grand staircase toward the southern end of the complex on Seaport Way. The street is entirely closed off to traffic.

2nd & PCH is at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.


Image courtesy Paint & Sip/Facebook.

Grab your paint and brushes—just kidding, that’s all included—and head over to the Hilton for an evening of painting and libations Saturday, May 8.

Learn how to recreate a seaside landscape (pictured above) with acrylic paint by artist Alexis Rivera of Painting & Vino Los Angeles.

Guests are allowed to bring their own beverage of choice for the paint session, however the Hilton does have a full bar on site.

Tickets cost $45 per person, click here for more info and to purchase tickets.



Fuego restaurant interior. Image courtesy Fuego/Hotel Maya.

Bring your mom Sunday, May 9 out to the Hotel Maya’s Latin-inspired restaurant, Fuego, where the FJ Reyes Latin Jazz Trio will perform a selection of lively Latin tunes from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while you dine on a specialty Mother’s Day brunch the restaurant has prepared.

The selection is pretty extensive, but some high points include street tacos (Cilantro Lime Chicken, Grilled Skirt Steak and Fish of the Day), grilled lamb chops, Totopo Ahi Tuna and seafood enchiladas.

Click here for more info and to book your reservations.

Hotel Maya is at 700 Queensway Drive.


An ensemble of four singers—a soprano, alto, tenor and bass—will perform a 45-minute set. Tish Camp photo courtesy Long Beach Camerata Singers.

The Long Beach Camerata Singers are taking to outdoor performances, with their free Front Porch Concert Series, this one in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9.

Outside a home in the Long Beach area, a Long Beach Camerata quartet, led by associate conductor, Tammi Alderman, will serenade and entertain while you enjoy the the socially distanced show. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

The Mother’s Day performance, which starts at 4:30 p.m. will take place outside of a home in Wrigley—those who register will be given the address.

For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.