The following is a curated roundup of weekend events in Long Beach published every Wednesday on the Hi-lo and Long Beach Post. Have an event to share? Email [email protected] with “Things to Do” in the subject line.

No matter how strange or niche you think your interests are, there always seems to be a place to celebrate them in Long Beach. This weekend we’ve found some events that lean into the fantasy realm—from a “Star Wars”-themed burlesque show to a pirate party perfect for metal music enthusiasts (the two go together more often than you might think).

The Long Beach skate scene is also getting a shoutout in this list, with a roller disco event in Downtown and a skateboarding art show. For our cinephiles out there, the Art Theatre is showing “The Truman Show” and for dog owners, there’s a puppy festival you won’t want to miss.

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The KNAC Priate’s Eve The Abyss Metal Nights at Long Beach Beer Lab Friday, Aug. 8. Courtesy photo.

For the last decade, volunteer-based rock radio station KNAC has put on a party that brings together pirate fanatics and lovers of heavy metal music. For its 10th anniversary, the Pirate’s Eve: The Abyss Metal Nights will be invading the Long Beach Beer Lab where anyone is welcome to come in their finest pirate attire and share a pint with fellow scallywaygs.

The event will also feature food, raffles, a costume contest and more. Pirate’s Eve is free to attend and starts at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

Long Beach Beer Lab is at 518 W. Willow St.


The Downtown Long Beach Roller Disco Saturday, Sept. 9 at Mosaic. Courtesy photo.

This outdoor roller skate disco allows you to safely skate on a stretch of pavement in Downtown while cruising to the groovy tunes of a local DJ.

You can find the disco at Mosaic (an area on The Promenade between Third and Fifth Streets) from 4 to 9 p.m. It’s free to attend and rental skates will be available for purchase.

Click here for more information.


The Long Beach Skate Co Benefit Art Show on Saturday, Sept. 9. Courtesy photo.

Long Beach Skate Co. is hosting a special benefit event on Saturday, Sept. 9, with live skateboard deck printing and an art show to raise money for two nonprofits.

For a donation, 10 artists will allow you to select some art that will then be printed at the shop, same day. The event will also feature live DJ sets and a skate jam with a special obstacle skate course set up in the back of the shop.

The event is free to attend and is from 4 to 8 p.m. Click here for more information.

Long Beach Skate Co is at 3142 E. Seventh St.


Photo courtesy Bounce.

A festival designed to entertain you and your furry K-9 is coming Long Beach Saturday, Sept. 9 for a full day of entertainment, activations and even a spa for your pup.

The single-day festival event at Marina Green Park will feature a mainstage with a stunt dog show highlighting various canine-related sports such as flyball racing and high jumping,  a grooming “spaw,” a lounge with food and drinks for people and their pups, and an ability course you can take your dog through.

Puptopia tickets cost $35. Click here to purchase and for more information.

Marina Green Park is at 386 E. Shoreline Drive.


The Seduced by the Dark Side burlesque show at Harvelle’s on Saturday, Sept. 9. Courtesy photo.

This burlesque show at Harvelle’s on Saturday, Sept. 9, pays tribute to the “Star Wars” universe with dance performances featuring some of the film series’ most memorable characters including Princess Leia, Darth Vader and Grogu.

Created by Dirty Little Secrets Burlesque, considered to be the longest-running California burlesque show troupe, promises to be a burlesque experience that reimagines the world of the famed films series. Tickets are still available for an 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. showing at the club.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Harvelle’s is located at 201 E. Broadway.


The Art Theatre of Long Beach is located on Fourth Street’s Retro Row. Photo by Asia Morris.

In light of the recent labor strikes by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, the Art Theatre of Long Beach has begun screening older films to make up for the lack of new releases coming to theaters. This means audiences now have the opportunity to watch some of their favorite films on the big screen again or for the first time.

This Sunday, Sept. 10, the Art Theatre is screening “The Truman Show,” the 1998 classic where Jim Carrey plays the part of a man who slowly realizes he’s been living a fabricated life on a TV show.

Tickets for the matinee show cost $12 for adults; other discounts for members, seniors and children are available. Click here to purchase tickets.

The Art Theatre of Long Beach is at 2025 E. Fourth St.



Photo courtesy Long Beach Meditation

Long Beach Meditation invites the community to their 30th anniversary celebration, featuring a captivating sound bath fundraising event. Hosted by the esteemed Rosamaría Segura and joined by special guest Franz Manfredi, this event promises an afternoon of community, relaxation, healing sounds, and mindfulness meditation.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m., and make your way to 5100 E The Toledo, Long Beach, for an experience that will rejuvenate your mind and spirit. The suggested donation is $50; please register in advance. Rosamaría Segura and Franz Manfredi, celebrated Long Beach Meditation teachers, will guide attendees through a captivating journey of sound healing, chanting, and mindfulness meditation. Their passion, skill, and dedication to sharing these practices make them cherished figures in the local Long Beach community.

In addition to the immersive Sound Bath experience, there will be a raffle for a private sound bath. Everyone in attendance will be entered in the raffle regardless of donation amount. By contributing generously and showing your support, you will play a critical role in helping Long Beach Meditation achieve its $5,000 fundraising goal. These funds will enable them to continue to provide programs and services at an affordable cost to the wider Long Beach community.
Take advantage of this opportunity to relax and rejuvenate to contribute to a meaningful cause, and to celebrate Long Beach Meditation’s 30th anniversary and their positive impact on the lives of others.

For more information and to register, here or email [email protected]