Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… plant swapping and an anime festival

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.

This weekend we’ve found some new events and some returning; some niche and some mainstream and something for the kiddos.

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“THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE” – INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE (Thursday – Sunday)

Actor Taubert Nadalini stars as Casey, a young Elvis impersonator who finds success as a drag queen in International City Theatre’s production of The Legend of Georgia McBride, June 2022. Photo by Kayte Deioma.

This weekend is the last showing of International City Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” a comedy about a young Elvis impersonator from a small town in Florida who finds success as a drag queen.

The popular off-Broadway play, written by playwright Matthew Lopez, saw much success in the U.S. and has been performed in theaters across the country. A film adaptation is also in the works. ICT’s cast features actor Taubert Nadalini as Casey the Elvis impersonator. Nadalini is a prolific theater performer, but some might also recognize the actor from an episode in the television show “This Is Us” and in the TV short “Sterling” on HBO.

If you’ve not yet got your fill of Pride month celebrations, “The Legend of Georgia McBride” might just be that last-chance experience you didn’t know you wanted. The production will run Thursday through Sunday June 23-26. Tickets are $49, or $44 if you’re a student or senior. Click here to purchase tickets.

International City Theatre is at 330 E. Seaside Way.

PLANT SWAP – KUBO (Saturday)

 

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Yes, this event is just how it sounds: A mutual bartering of your potted plants. Why might you consider taking your leafy treasures and putting them up for a mutual adoption? There are plenty of reasons. To diversify, maybe. Curiosity, perhaps. Boredom.

Whatever the reason, it’s also an ample opportunity to make a few like-minded plant-loving friends and practice your bartering skills, because yes, you’ll have to convince the other person to trade with you—that’s how trading works. The more plants you bring, the more trades you can make.

To participate in the swap at Kubo in Bixby Knolls, all you gotta do is bring a healthy (pest-free and disease-free) potted plant. Doesn’t matter so much what it’s in, as long as it’s easy to transport. You’re also welcome to bring clippings, seeds and herbs to trade.

Plant Swap is a free event from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. The first 20 people to arrive will receive calabasa/ kabocha seeds.

Kubo is at 345 E. Carson St.

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS CAMP – ADVENTURES TO DREAMS (Saturday)

Two boys wash chard greens at the Adventures to Dreams garden in the Willmore neighborhood. Photo courtesy Adventures to Dreams.

Since its founding in 2015, local youth-oriented enrichment nonprofit, Adventures to Dreams, has been working to help kids within the city’s most under-resourced communities better connect with nature and their food.

This summer the nonprofit is hosting several events, including the “Let’s Hear It For the Boys” day camp where boys ages 4-16 can participate in events such as skateboarding lessons, windmill making, tie-dying and water play. The day will also include a free barbecue lunch and ice cream.

The event on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. is free to attend but does require RSVP. Email organizers at [email protected] to sign-up.

Adventures to Dreams is at 903 Fairbanks Ave.

DAY TRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL – HARRY BRIDGES MEMORIAL PARK (Saturday – Sunday)

 

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Festival season is officially back on this summer at the Queen Mary with the Day Trip house music festival Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 at the Harry Bridges Memorial Park (formerly known as the Queen Mary Events Park) which is located adjacent to the Queen Mary.

The music festival, put on by Insomniac, will feature over 30 house music DJs performing on two stages. This will be the first major music festival the 15,000-person capacity, waterfront venue has seen since the pandemic, so whether or not you’re into house music, it’s a pretty big deal.

As with most major music festivals, tickets are steep, starting at $119 for one-day passes. Click here for more information, including the lineup and to purchase tickets.

Harry Bridges Memorial Park is at 1126 Queens Highway.

POP-UP MARKET AND FUNDRAISER – GREY LB (Sunday)

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The Long Beach Community Action Partnership (LBCAP) is hosting a pop-up market Sunday, June 26 as part of a fundraiser for a new program coming in July, called LB Reentry week, designed to help aid formerly incarcerated residents of Long Beach gain access and knowledge about resources in the city to help ease their transition back into the community.

The pop-up market, at photography studio Grey LB, will offer jewelry, clothing, candles and other goods for purchase. The event will also feature live music and DJs, food and beverages (including beer) and raffles. All proceeds will benefit the LB Reentry program to help pay for food and drinks, marketing materials and TAP transportation cards.

Entry costs a $5 donation. A $15 entry donation will include entry and free beer until supplies run out.

Grey LB is at 237 Long Beach Blvd., Suite B.

ANIMEFEST 2K22 – ROXANNE’S (Sunday)

Roxanne’s bar is set to become an anime extravaganza Sunday, June 26 with a day-long event that will be an ode to all things anime with cosplaying, live music, anime-themed cocktails and a massive anime marketplace, the biggest outside of Anime Expo, according to organizers.

The event’s guest of honor will be voice actor Steve Prince, whose characters include Keitaro Urashima in “Love Hina”; DemiDevimon and Piedmon in “Digimon”; Uryu Ishida in “Bleach”; Iggy in “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders”; Vexen in the “Kingdom Hearts” series; and Shino Aburame in “Naruto.” Prince will do meet-and-greets and signings during the event.

For those 21 and older, there is also sake tasting you can sign up for. Guests are highly encouraged to dress up be it your favorite superhero, anime, comic book or video game character.

Tickets are between $10-$50. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. The event is from noon to 6 p.m.

Roxanne’s is at 1115 E. Wardlow Road.

SUNDAY ROLLER DISCO – JUNIPERO BEACH BASKETBALL COURTS (Sunday)

A group of femroller skatersters skate on pavement. Photo courtesy Pedal Movement/Facebook.

At this point, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Pedal Movement’s Sunday Roller Disco, a free event that invites the community, from newbies to pros, to get outside and skate together.

This Sunday, June 26 is no exception, except spinning the tunes this time will be DJ The Almighty Nectar bringing a bit of funk, groove and all that good stuff to the pavement.

If you don’t have skates you can reserve a $12 rental from Pedal Movement, click here for more info. The free skate is from 4-7 p.m.

Sunset Skate Session will be at the Junipero Beach basketball courts at 1 Junipero Ave.

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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.
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