Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… markets and vegan fare

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.

If you’re looking for 4th of July events to enjoy, lets us stop you right there, this list is not a 4th of July-themed listicle. That’s not to say this list is unpatriotic, but we’ve got a very nice roundup for all there is to do in Long Beach leading up to and on independence day, right here.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we’ve got another poolside movie screening to check out, along with a night market, vegan vendors pop-up, bar grand opening, farmers market and more.

Get to scrollin’!


A bird’s-eye view of the Hilton pool deck. Photo by Cheantay Jensen.

Grab a bite and watch a movie from the top of the Hilton Long Beach Hotel’s outdoor pool deck Wednesday, June 30. This week, they’ll be screening “Pretty in Pink.”

The Hilton’s outdoor pool deck will have food available on-site and a fully-stocked bar, so guests have a few hours to wine and dine before the movie starts at 8 p.m. And yes, you can most definitely swim while you watch the movie.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

The Hilton Long Beach is at 701 W. Ocean Blvd.


From 5-9 p.m. Long Beach Vintage Etc. will be hosting an evening market (indoors and out), where guests can shop all things vintage and antique. From clothing and house decor to dish ware and trinkets—there will be a lot to peruse.

Also, each booth in the store will be offering a discount, anywhere between 20 and 50% off.

Long Beach Vintage Etc. is at 737 Pine Ave.


Image courtesy BKBIA/Facebook.

The monthly outdoor community event, First Fridays, is back for the first time since the pandemic, Friday, July 2, with a Fourth of July themed celebration.

For those who’ve never been, the free event is a community block party of sorts in Bixby Knolls where local artists and businesses convene to connect with the community.

Expect food, music, art, performances, pop-up vendors, special discounts and extended shopping hours at stores along Atlantic Avenue.

The event which is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. spans a few streets in Bixby Knolls, but the hub is at the Expo Arts Center at 4321 Atlantic Ave.


Under the new ownership of David Baumann (left), Leslie Koa (center), and Tod Hipsher (right), the popular Fourth Street dive bar Fern’s will be renamed The Bird Dive Bar, and is opening June 30, 2021. Photo by Sebastian Echeverry.

Newly renovated and renamed The Bird (formerly Fern’s Cocktails) is opening to the public for the first time Friday, July 2.

Come check out just how new owners David Baumann, Leslie Koa and Tod Hipsher revamped the over-25-year old bar in Alamitos Beach and grab a drink from 6 p.m. until closing.

If you’d like to check out the story of how Fern’s became The Bird, check out this in-depth story, here.

The Bird is at 1253 E. Fourth St.


Vegan vendors will be taking over the Pike Outlets from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 3.

Shop vegan food and baked goods, skincare, make-up and other animal-free products from 18 vendors. You can find the vendors in the center of the outlets near Forever 21 and H&M, facing West Seaside Way.

The event is free to attend.

The Pike Outlets is at 95 S. Pine Ave.



In this file photo, a woman wears a mask as she shops at a farmers market in Downtown Long Beach Friday, March 20, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Chances are you’re already well acquainted with the weekly farmers market on East Spring Street and Clark Avenue, but if you’re not, this Sunday you can check out all the fresh and organic produce, baked goods and other vendors that make the Farmers Market of Long Beach one of the most popular in the city.

The market is free to attend and is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farmers Market Long Beach is at 5000 E. Spring St. Click here for more info on the vendors and goods.


Image courtesy Farmers Market Long Beach Marina/Facebook.

The Farmers Market Long Beach Marina has a lot to celebrate this Sunday as the 4th of July marks the market’s 41st anniversary in Long Beach.

The market originally sprouted up in the Downtown area in 1980, but has since moved to the marina at the intersection of Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway, just behind the outdoor shopping center 2nd & PCH.

Arguably the largest in the city, the market at the marina boasts 47 farmers and 20 packaged food stalls—lots of produce, artisan food and more. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Farmers Market Long Beach Marina is at Second Street and East Marina Drive. Attendees can easily park at 2nd & PCH parking lot and walk to the market.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, 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.