Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including…front porch concerts and Cambodian New Year celebrations

April 14 through 16 is the Cambodian New Year, so we’ve got a few Cambodia-related celebrations. Long Beach Camerata singers are back with a free spring outdoor concert series, and we’ve got a couple of  makers markets to check out, too. Of course, there’s more, but you’ll have to keep scrolling!

CAMBODIAN NEW YEAR ART WORKSHOP—COMPOUND (Thursday)

Image courtesy Compound.

Tune in to an hour-and-a-half-long Cambodian art workshop and history lesson led by Khmer mixed media artist Sayon Syprasoeuth where you’ll create Cambodian art in celebration of the country’s new year.

The Zoom workshop on Thursday, April 15 at 4 p.m. is free to attend but registration is required, click here. For a complimentary art kit provided by Compound, contact Program Manager Serena Au: [email protected] by 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 14.

THIRD FRIDAY ON PINE  (Friday)

Image courtesy 3rd Friday on Pine/Facebook.

The stretch of Pine Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets has been closed off to traffic since September 2020, and now local businesses along the corridor are inviting the community to come dine and shop in the area with a new, once-a-month event they’ve dubbed 3rd Friday on Pine.

Attendees can also check out hand-crafted goods and other wares from 10 local artisans and vendors who will be stationed along the street, while a musician performs outside.

Organizers ask that attendees adhere to social distancing protocol. Masks will be required when entering the shops.

Click here for more info.

MOVIES & MOONLIGHT, ‘AQUAMAN’—2ND & PCH (Friday)

Attendees watch an outdoor movie on Seaport Way at 2nd & PCH. Image courtesy 2nd & PCH.

Locals can catch a free outdoor movie screening of “Aquaman” at 2nd & PCH Friday, April 16 as part of the Movies & Moonlight series at the shopping and dining center.

The movie, which will run at sunset (approximately 7:20 p.m.), will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen, the same one used during 2nd & PCH’s summer drive-in movie series, at the south end of the center on Seaport Way—that’s the side with women’s apparel stores Lulu Lemon and Jolie. The entire street is closed to traffic.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, as provided seating is limited and doled out on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating will be limited due to social distancing.

2nd & PCH is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.

AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC: UNDERWATER ARTISTS (Saturday)

Image courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

Grab your crayons, colored pencils, paint brushes—whatever!—and take part in a virtual art class led by an Aquarium of the Pacific educator. The course will walk viewers through a step-by-step art project using one of the aquarium’s many sea creatures as the subject. During the tutorial, the educator will share facts and other observations about the creature.

On Saturday, April 17 the subject will be coral reefs participants will look at either a whole habitat or zoom in on an individual animal. Tickets are $10 per household. Class begins at 10 a.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

KHMER NEW YEAR CELEBRATION & MAKERS MARKET—ROXANNE’S (Saturday)

Image courtesy Roxanne’s/Facebook.

Female art collective Apsara Girl Gang is taking over Roxanne’s Saturday, April 17 with a Cambodian New Year celebration and makers market pop-up.

The outdoor event will feature Khmer artists and performers, with a selection of vendors selling art and other wares. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more info.

JUSTIN RUDD BEACH CLEAN-UP (Saturday)

Image courtesy Justin Rudd/Facebook.

Local organizer and general do-gooder Justin Rudd is hosting his monthly 30-minute beach clean-up this Saturday, the first one since the pandemic.

All participants need to do is register online and show up at 9:30 a.m. to Rosie’s Dog Beach (1 Granada Ave.) and Justin Rudd will provide you with bags, gloves and the beach parking kiosk code with some light snacks and refreshments to enjoy after the work is done. And, please, wear a mask.

Click here for more information and to register.

LONG BEACH CAMERATA FRONT PORCH CONCERT SERIES (Sunday)

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

The Long Beach Camerata singers are taking to outdoor performances, with their free Front Porch Concert Series. Outside a home in the Long Beach area, a Long Beach Camerata quartet, led by now Grammy-award winning artistic director James K. Bass, will serenade and entertain while you enjoy the the socially distanced show. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.

This Sunday’s show, which starts at 4:30 p.m. will be at a home in Naples—those who register will be given the address.

Register for tickets online, click here. For the full schedule, click here.

CRAFTED AT DISTRICT 7 (Sunday)

Image courtesy Uptown Village Market.

Check out the handmade art, crafts, food and other offerings from 20 local vendors this Sunday, April 18 at Roxanne’s bar from noon-4 p.m.

The free event is family-friendly and will include coloring stations for children and a photo booth area.

Hand sanitizing stations will be available on-site. Attendees are required to wear a mask.

Roxanne’s is at 1115 E. Wardlow Road.

 

 

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