The following is a curated roundup of virtual and socially distanced 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 is all about getting outside, either for physical activity or shopping, but for those still not quite ready to venture outdoors, we’ve got some live art and culture streams you can check out. We’ve also found an outdoor padded play pop-up event for children, and a record vinyl release party and pop-up featuring live music, too.
Get to scrollin’!
COMMUNITY BEACH SKATE FOR BEGINNERS (Wednesday)
Join roller derby skater and coach Mimi Masher for a community roll-out on the Long Beach Bike Path Wednesday, June 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The event is aimed to help novice skaters build their balance and self-confidence on eight wheels while cruising along the paved shoreline bike path toward the Queen Mary viewing area. Attendees will need to bring their own skates and protective gear.
Meet-up is at the Junipero Beach parking lot at 2100 E. Ocean Blvd. Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing standards. Click here for more info.
JUNIPERO BEACH ROLL OUT (Thursday)
Organized by the Outlaw Renegade Rollergirls roller derby team, this event invites anyone with wheels (bikes, skates, skateboards) and of all skate levels to take to the outdoors for a sunset skate ride.
Skaters are encouraged to meet at the Junipero Beach parking lot at 2100 E. Ocean Blvd. at 7 p.m. where the skating will commence at 7:30 p.m. The route will take skaters from the beach lot to the Lions Lighthouse at the Shoreline Aquatic Park area.
Participants are asked to adhere to social distancing standards.
$20 FREESTYLE PAINTING SESSION (Friday)
For $20 access all the paint and supplies from local paint studio Pour Paint and More in this five-hour freestyle paint session.
There’s no instructor guiding participants through a painting tutorial, instead, artists are encouraged to create whatever painted art piece they’d like.
The session is from 6 to 11 p.m. at Pour Paint and More (814 W. Willow St.) Guests will need to wear masks to and from arrival unless seated at their art station.
Click here for more info and to purchase tickets, seating is limited.
STREAM MUSICAL “LAST FIVE YEARS” (Thursday – Sunday)
Long Beach’s International City Theatre has a new play available to stream beginning June 3 through June 20.
A musical by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown, “The Last Five Years” follows the passionate love affair and eventual demise of a five-year relationship between an aspiring novelist and actress, from the first moment they meet until their breakup. Lead roles are performed by John Battagliese and Gabriela Carrillo and directed by Jamie Torcellini.
To the uninitiated, “The Last Five Years” is a popular and very successful musical that premiered at the Chicago’s Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002. The musical went on to be named one of the 10 best productions of 2001 by Time magazine and has since had numerous productions both in the United States and internationally, including a film adaptation in 2014 starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
The musical is available for viewing Thursday through Sunday online, tickets cost $35 per household. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
THE ART SOIREE, ROARING 20S THEMED ART EXHIBITION (Friday-Saturday)
This art exhibition at the Icehouse Arts Complex on Friday, June 4 and Saturday, June 5 invites guests to dress up in their finest “Prohibition style” costumes and peruse their selection of paintings, sculptures, ceramics and other art from 12 local artists.
The event will also feature a live pianist and musical performance.
In line with COVID-19 health precautions, capacity is limited and requires RSVP. Guests are required to wear masks while in the venue and encouraged to adhere to social distancing.
Tickets cost $10, for more info and to reserve your spot click here.
The Icehouse Arts Complex is at 625 W. Anaheim St.
VIRTUAL PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL (Saturday)
The 18th annual Pacific Islander Festival by the Aquarium of the Pacific will be online this year, celebrating art and culture across the Pacific Islands region.
The virtual festival will feature traditional music and dance, cultural displays, and craft demonstrations from Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, Chamorro, Kiribati, Marshallese, and Maori cultures.
The event will culminate with an awards ceremony for Que Keju for his outstanding service to Pacific Islanders.
The broadcast goes live Saturday, June 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more info.
LONG BEACH COMMUNITY MARKET (Saturday – Sunday)
This community fair at the Long Beach Towne Center will feature wares and other handmade goods from over 30 small businesses.
Products for sale include handmade and vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, plants, hand-poured candles, home and garden decor, hair and skincare products, crystals, minerals, sage kits, leathermade goods, fresh baked goods and more.
The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6. Click here for more info.
The Long Beach Towne Center is at 7575 Carson St.
SKINCARE POP-UP MARKET (Saturday)
Skincare products are the main attraction at this free local pop-up in Signal Hill Saturday, June 5 from noon to 4 p.m.
Expect self-care-centric products including artisan soaps, plant-based bath and body care, crystals and crystal jewelry, plus food, cold-pressed juices and more from local, women-owned businesses.
The pop-up will be held at Studio VOR at 2676 Dawson Ave. Click here to RSVP.
DISCODELIC RECORDS POP-UP AND RELEASE PARTY (Saturday)
Mexico City-based record and vinyl shop Discodelic is coming to Long Beach Saturday, June 5 to celebrate the latest release of Guatemala’s salsa and Latin jazz artist, Poder Del Alma.
The pop-up will be held at Twelves Records, a record shop in East Village from noon to 6 p.m. Guests can also check out rare Latin records and other vinyl from Discodelic while they listen to live sets from five DJs including Dennis Owens of The Good Foot.
Attendees are required to wear masks while indoors and are asked to adhere to social distancing.
Click here for more info.
Twelves Records is at 746 E. Seventh St.
LITTLE LOVES KIDS POP-UP (Sunday)
In celebration of its one-year anniversary, Little Loves Soft Play Rental is inviting families to bring their children and check out its open-air, padded and soft play areas Sunday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The pop-up will feature four supervised play areas, including bumper cars, for children under 6 and an all-ages bounce house. Tickets for unlimited playtime on all the play areas are $20.
While kids play, parents can check out food and other goods from 35 local vendors on site.
Children 3 years old and older will be required to wear a mask while playing.
The Littles Loves Soft Play Rental pop-up is at 636 N. Locust Ave.
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