Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… Shrimpfest and a witches tea party

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.

We’re already halfway through October so we’d be remiss if we did not include some Halloween-related events this weekend—and we’ve found some fun ones. From a Halloween-themed craft beer festival and a witches tea party to a spooky Tiki celebration.

Also worth checking out this weekend is a new art exhibition, theater production and a professional MMA fight with local fighter Eugene “Conquistador” Correa.

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LANDMARK THEATRE’S “RENT” (Friday – Sunday)

The cast of Landmark Theatre Company’s 2022 production of “Rent,” opening Friday, Oct. 21. The musical will run on Fridays and weekends through Nov. 6. Photo courtesy Landmark Theatre Company.

Long Beach’s Landmark Theatre Company, is returning to the stage with its production of “Rent” Friday, Oct. 21 at First Congregational Church.

For the production, Landmark has enlisted a talented group of local and regional actors to bring to life the popular Broadway rock musical version of Puccini opera “LaBohème,” which reimagines the classic story about young artists in a big city searching for their voice and their future.

Tickets for the show range from $15-$50. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

First Congregational Church is at 241 Cedar Ave.

SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET’S SHRIMPFEST (Saturday)

Seafood trays from the San Pedro Fish Market. Photo courtesy the San Pedro Fish Market.

The San Pedro Fish Market’s second annual Shrimpfest seafood celebration returns Saturday, Oct. 22 with heaps of seafood, drink specials, live entertainment and its main event: a shrimp eating contest.

The event will feature large plates of some of the restaurant’s most popular items, such as its World Famous Shrimp Tray, Chowda Fries, fried calamari, fried shrimp, beer-battered fish and more. Drink specials include $3 bottles of Corona and Modelo, $7 draft beers and other discounts on alcoholic beverages. The Happy Hour menu will also be served all day.

If you see cameras around during the event, those belong to a documentary crew who are shooting the docuseries “Kings of Fi$h,” chronicling four generations of the San Pedro Fish Market families.

Entry to the festival costs $5 and does not include food. Entry proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

The San Pedro Fish Market is at 6550 E. Marina Drive.

EUGENE CORREA VS DAVID DOUGLAS (Saturday)

Long Beach’s Eugene Correa will fight against David Douglas during the Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat #6 match streaming on UFC Fight Pass Saturday, Oct. 22. Courtesy image.

Former Bellator fighter and mixed martial artist Eugene Correa, a Long Beach native, is returning to the ring for the first time in two years at the Commerce Casino for the Urijah Fabers A1 Combat tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Correa the “Conquistador” is going up against David “Tarzan” Douglas from Antioch in the catchweight division. Douglas, 40, is considered a veteran in the industry with fights dating back to 2004, however, Correa standing at 6-feet-tall and 29 years old holds a solid reputation coming off a two-win streak with a 4-2 professional record.

Correa vs. Douglas is one of 10 fights slated for the evening, with a bantamweight title bout between Payton Talbott and Anthony Jimenez to close the show.

Tickets are still available to see the fight in person, with prices ranging from $64-$135. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Commerce Casino is at 6131 Telegraph Road, Commerce.

HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY (Saturday)

An attendee dressed in a nun costume at the first Halloween Hootenanny in 2021. Photo courtesy Obscura LB.

Back for a second year at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Halloween-themed craft beer festival Halloween Hootenanny returns Saturday, Oct. 22.

Over 40 independent craft breweries, cideries, wineries and hard kombucha makers will be available on-site to sample, plus food from local restaurants such as Shady Grove and Hamburger Nice.

Attendees can also shop from a “macabre marketplace” featuring over 15 vendors selling art, books, clothing and other Halloween-centric merchandise.

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend. General admission tickets start at $50 and include unlimited sample pours and a complimentary commemorative souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets cost $70 and offer one-hour early entry (noon) as well as unlimited sample pours and a commemorative souvenir glass. Designated driver tickets cost $20. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

MOLAA is at 628 Alamitos Ave.

WITCHES TEA PARTY (Saturday)

In this file photo: Elena Hassan looks out from her store window in Long Beach Friday, May 29, 2020. Hassan will be opening her new tea room in Bixby Knolls this summer.

The whimsical fairy playground that is Dream Come True Tea & Party Room in Bixby Knolls is transforming its space into a tea room fit for witches with the Witches Tea Party event on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The tea party will include spooky desserts and treats, bottomless “witches brew” champagne, a teacup candle-making craft project, games and more. The event is open to both adults and children. Costumes are highly encouraged and the witch with the best costume will win a prize.

Tickets cost $65 for adults and $45 for children. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Dream Come True Tea & Party Room is at 4350 Atlantic Ave.

CREATURE COMFORTS EXHIBITION (Sunday)

Paintings by Brent Estabrook. The artist is showing his exhibition “Creature Comforts” at the Long Beach Museum of Art opening Sunday, Oct. 23. Courtesy photo.

The Long Beach Museum of Art‘s newest exhibition presents a collection of works by artist Brent Estabrook titled “Creature Comforts.”

The dental surgeon-turned-painter is best known for his large-scale oil paintings depicting furry, plush toys and stuffed animals, evoking sentiments of innocence and nostalgia. They’re also just a dazzling display of color.

The exhibition, which opens publicly Sunday, Oct. 23, features over 20 pieces from his career over the years and some never-before-seen works. Those who would like to meet the artist and learn more about his work may also RSVP to a VIP sneak-peek on Saturday, Oct. 22, click here.

“Creature Comforts” will be up at the museum until Feb. 12. Entry to the museum costs $12; children 12 and younger may enter for free. LBMA members also receive free admission.

The Long Beach Museum of Art is at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.

HAUNTED HULAWEEN (Sunday)

Courtesy flyer.

Celebrate Halloween season with a Tiki twist Sunday, Oct. 23 at Secret Island Tiki Lounge for its Haunted Hulaween event in Downtown.

Secret Island has decked out its already quite decorative Tiki lounge into a “creepy Tiki bazaar” that will feature live music, a Tiki marketplace, Tiki cocktails and even a haunted corn maze.

The whole event will span three floors, where guests can also check out various bands, games and activities. Plus, Secret Island is fashioned like a speakeasy with hidden passages making the whole venue fun to explore.

Tickets will be $40 at the door, but those who purchase passes online can get them for $35. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Secret Island Tiki Lounge is below Shannon’s on Pine at 209 Pine Ave.

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