Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… the Catalina Film Festival and Manic Hispanic

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 week we’ve got something to keep your hands, ears, minds and hearts busy. From live concerts you definitely want to bring earplugs to—seriously why don’t more people do this?—to free zine-making workshops, coastal clean-ups and inspiring artist talks, there’s heaps to do this weekend.

We’ve also got a few firsts to experience: the city’s inaugural trans pride festival and a concert whose band is performing new songs from an album 15 years in the making.

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Flyer courtesy Alex’s Bar/Facebook.

It’s been 15 years since Orange County’s Manic Hispanic put out a new album, a feat fans and even the band itself thought might never happen after two of its most iconic members died as recently as 2018.

Now, the revamped band is dropping their new album “Back in Brown” Thursday, Sept. 16 with an album release show at Alex’s Bar. Joining them will be kindred thrashers, Neighborhood Brats and 13 Dead End Drive.

Waitlist tickets are still available for $21.20 and may be purchased online, click here. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show (probably) at 9 p.m.

Alex’s Bar is at 2913 E. Anaheim St.


Zine flyer courtesy Voicewaves/Compound.

Youth-led media organization Voicewaves is hosting a free two-hour zine-making workshop at Compound in Zaferia district Friday, Sept. 17.

Learn the basics and myriad creative uses of zine making from Voicewaves editor Carlos Omar and Long Beach-based zine collector, maker and amateur illustrator Emma DiMaggio, who is also the founder of the El Camino College Zine Club and has previously volunteered as a zine librarian for the Los Angeles Zine Fest. As the managing editor at the Signal Tribune newspaper, DiMaggio’s illustrations are often featured in its publication.

The workshop will have art supplies available, but guests are encouraged to bring their own supplies if available. Reservations are encouraged. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Class starts at 4:30 p.m.

Compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.


Locals enjoy the festivities at Third Fridays on Pine in Downtown. Image courtesy organizers/Facebook.

Every third Friday of the month, businesses and other local pop-ups set up shop along Third and Fourth streets on Pine Avenue to connect with the community via art, music, food and drink.

This Friday, Sept. 17 those who visit the quasi block party can stop in front of the now-closed Kress Market and check out the pop-up by charity fundraising organization Love Beach Gives who are gearing up for their annual citywide fundraising event.

Visitors can pick up fresh handmade tortillas courtesy Pueblita Tortillas and speak with organizers on-site about where and how they can donate to their choice of the 200+ non-profits in need of support this year. Click here for more information on the event.

Kress Market is at 443 Pine Ave.


Flyer courtesy Alex’s Bar/Facebook.

Friday night at Alex’s Bar is set for another raucous evening with rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock shredders  Supersuckers and Throw Rag co-headlining.

Opening acts include The Cornfed Project and Los Angeles-based punk rock outfit, The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs.

Tickets are $25.60 and may be purchased online, click here. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts presumably at 9 p.m.

Alex’s Bar is at 2913 E. Anaheim St.


Flyer courtesy Catalina Film Festival.

Returning live after a virtual season last year, the 11th annual Catalina Film Festival kicks off its Long Beach celebration Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Downtown.

The film festival will return to Catalina Island the following weekend, Sept. 24-26.

Friday’s opening night in Long Beach will feature a screening of “Voodoo Macbeth,” a film produced by USC and Warner Bros., based on the real-life events during the theater production of Orson Wells’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” that featured an entirely Black cast in 1936 Harlem. On Saturday, “The Runner” directed by Michelle Danner will screen, and on Sunday, the world premiere of “A Savannah Haunting,” directed by William Mark McCullough.

Sunday’s festivities also feature an outdoor, family-friendly community event with a classic car show, live music, food trucks, interactive games and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for in-person events.

Patrons can purchase virtual all-access tickets or individuals tickets for access to the 200+ films and other virtual film experiences to be screened through Sept. 17-26 including online rooms, meet-the-filmmakers sessions, industry guest speakers, panel rooms, Catalina red carpet, Catalina beach lounge and more.

Click here for more information and to purchase virtual tickets.


Frontmen Frank Meyer of the Street Walkin’ Cheetahs and Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers will be performing a song together in honor of the release of their new album together as Spaghetti & Frank, “I Think It Sucks (And I Don’t Like It)” during the SoCal Hoedown at the Port of Los Angeles, Saturday Sept. 18. Photo by Sarah Remetch.

Over 7,000 people are expected to attend the SoCal Hoedown this Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Port of Los Angeles with nearly two dozen acts and big-name headliners such as Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Supersuckers and T.S.O.L.

Attendees can expect three stages, food trucks and vendors and plenty of beer to go around. Tickets for the day-long festival are on sale for $54.06 and may be purchased online, click here. Check out the lineup here.

Festival opens at 11 a.m.

The Port of Los Angeles is at Berth 46, 3011 Miner St., San Pedro.


The first city celebration of trans people is happening this Saturday, Sept. 18 at Recreation Park.

The eight-hour-long festival will kick off with a trans pride memorial walk, followed by live entertainment, guest speakers, spoken word artists, food and drink vendors and a headlining performance by award-winning songwriter, LGBTQ activist and actor Ryan Cassata.

The celebration is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

Recreation Park is at 4900 E. Seventh St.


Artist Glenn Kaino, creator of immersive exhibition “Tidepools” on display now at Compound. Image courtesy Compound.

The artist behind the immersive art exhibition, “Tidepools” currently on display at Compound, will be speaking Saturday, Sept. 18 at the art gallery and community space in the Zaferia district.

Kaino will talk about art as a creative agency to inspire hope and increase visibility for marginalized communities, a philosophy at the core of his work and experienced by scores in exhibitions across the world.

The event begins at 5 p.m. and is free to attend. RSVP is encouraged, click here.


2012 International Coastal Cleanup 41 copy

File photo of a boy picking up trash on a California beach.

Help remove trash and plastic pollution along Long Beach’s coasts from 9 a.m. to noon  Saturday, Sept. 18.

This statewide event saw more than 74,000 volunteers picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways throughout California in 2019. The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are four locations in Long Beach where volunteers can help, including areas at the Belmont Pier and Alamitos Beach. Find which areas you can help by using their map tool, click here.

Click here for more information.


Some classic cars lines up on 2nd Street at the 29th Annual Belmont Car Show in Long Beach, Sunday, September 9, 2018. Photo by Kelly Smiley

A procession of over 90 vintage cars will be driving through Marina Pacifica Shopping Center Sunday, Sept. 19 with the cars organized by order of the rainbow, rather than make or model.

The show is organized by Great Autos, the largest LGBTQ car show in the West, according to its director Dave Weisbart. The first 400 people who show up to the event will receive a program booklet containing discount coupons and other promotions from the Marina Pacifica restaurants and merchants.

The show is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marina Pacifica is at 6272 Pacific Coast Highway.


Moompetam Cultural Festival – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC, SEPT. 18-19

Three women performing during a previous Moompetam Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Image courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for its 17th annual American Indian festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People, on September 18 & 19.

The festival is a celebration of indigenous California maritime cultures, including Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay. You can enjoy traditional songs and dances, craft demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling, and a colorful array of indigenous Pacific Ocean life. “Moompetam” means “of the Ocean” in Tongva.

Reservations are required at this time, click here. Keeping our guests and staff­ safe is our top priority. For the most current information, go to

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

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