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 a variety of performance art, great activities for children and, for the adults, a brewery anniversary celebration spanning two of its locations. What’s more, nearly all of these events are free to attend.

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Musical Theatre West’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” is on stage until July 23. Photo by Caught in the Moment Photography courtesy Musical Theatre West.

Long Beach’s premier musical theater company has returned for a special summer showing of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The show promises all the classic musical numbers and songs that made the 1939 movie a worldwide phenomenon, all brought to life by a Broadway-quality cast and set design—flying monkeys included.

Showings this week are on Thursday through Sunday, July 13-16. Tickets start at $23 and may be purchased online. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located on the Cal State Long Beach campus at 6200 E. Atherton St.


Families attending the Moonlight & Movies film screening series at 2nd & PCH set up chairs and blankets to watch a free movie. The series returns Friday, July 14, with a screening of Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Photo courtesy 2nd & PCH.

Long Beach is in no short supply of places to catch an outdoor movie screening this summer, but we have no qualms in reminding you of them. One of the best places to watch a free film is at 2ND & PCH for their Movies & Moonlight Series, which will be showing Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” on Friday, July 14.

What’s nice about screenings at the outdoor shopping center is that the entire street (Seaport Way) is closed down to traffic, so finding a spot to sit is easy. There are also lots of nearby restaurants to grab a bite, and each showing often has other entertainment to enjoy before the movie.

And if all the positive reviews of the Disney film haven’t swayed you to see the film yet, Long Beachers should take pride in knowing that our own Cambodian community played a major role in bringing the character and culture of the Asian-inspired story to the silver screen.

Showings start at sunset, so at about 8 p.m. Click here for more information.

The shopping center, 2ND & PCH, is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.


File photo of the Long Beach Municipal Band.

The Long Beach Municipal Band, a beloved summer music staple in Long Beach, is in week three of its six-week concert series, and Friday, July 14, is the last day to catch their “World Traveler” show selection at El Dorado Park West.

Accompanied by soulful singer Derek Bordeaux, guests will hear a special selection of music from around the world. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the show and are welcome to bring their own food and drinks.

Long Beach Municipal Band shows are free to attend and begin at 6:30. Click here for more information.

The Long Beach Municipal Band will perform at El Dorado Park West located at 2800 N. Studebaker Road.

BUBBLE BASH (Saturday)

The Bubble Bash at the Long Beach Towne Center is from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Courtesy flyer.

The Long Beach Towne Center is inviting parents to bring out their children for a free, two-hour play with bubbles on Saturday, July 15.

There will be multiple interactive color-filled bubble stations, a flowing foam zone, live entertainment, games, and giveaways.

You can find the Bubble Bash at the Regal Edwards Theater promenade located at the center of the shopping mall from noon to 2 p.m. Click here for more information.

The Long Beach Towne Center is at 7575 Carson Blvd.


Beachwood Brewing and Distillery in Bixby Knolls features 24 taps. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. On Saturday, July 15, Beachwood Brewing is celebrating its 12-year anniversary with celebrations at both their Downtown and Bixby Knolls locations. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Beachwood Brewing is celebrating its 12-year milestone on Saturday, July 15, with festivities at both its Downtown taproom and Bixby Knolls distillery.

Each location will feature unique attractions, from food pop-ups, specialty beers on tap and live entertainment. Beginning at 2 p.m., there will be a complimentary shuttle that will transport guests to and from both locations so guests can check out all the celebration has to offer.

Click here for more information on programming and festivities for the day.

Beachwood Brewing in Downtown is at 210 E. Third St., and the Bixby Knolls location is at 3630 Atlantic Ave.


The printmaking workshop at the Rod Briggs Memorial Gallery on Sunday, July 16, will teach how to make ink relief patterns on origami paper. Courtesy photo.

If you’ve ever been interested in learning the art of printmaking, this free workshop at the Rod Briggs Memorial Gallery on Sunday, July 16, is a great place to start.

There are many different methods and styles of printmaking, but artists Kiyomi Fukui and Dusty Guerra will show attendees the art of printing ink relief patterns from hand-cut blocks onto origami paper, which you’ll then learn how to fold into cranes.

The two-hour class from 1:30-3:30 p.m. is free to attend and welcome to adults and children. All supplies will be provided. Click here for more information.

The Rod Briggs Memorial Gallery is at 2221 E. Broadway.



Already well established as a Southern California cultural institution, the Distinguished Speakers Series of Long Beach has lined up an all-star array of live presenters. Now in its third season at the Terrace Theatre in Long Beach, the speakers include Liz Cheney, Goldie Hawn, Thomas Friedman, Dr. Lisa Genova, General H.R. McMaster and Dr. Moogega Cooper.

The Series is sold in subscription packages ranging from $240 to $660 for all six evenings. Each presentation begins at 8:00 p.m. The season runs from September 2023 to May 2024.

On six different evenings, the Distinguished Speaker Series will bring the community together for some of the world’s most influential, timely, and captivating speakers.The Distinguished Speaker Series is a female family business created 27 years ago by Sue Swan and her sister, Kathy Winterhalder. “Our audiences,” Kathy says, “are made up of families, friends, neighbors, community and business leaders who like to be entertained in a unique and compelling way.”

The Series has expanded to four theaters throughout the greater LA area, including the Long Beach Terrace Theater three years ago.

The Distinguished Speaker Series seeks to empower and educate. “Our mission is to offer audiences the chance to learn from six amazing people changing the world. We also give neighbors from differing backgrounds, ages and political persuasions the opportunity to come together. We search the globe to find great speakers whose leadership, accomplishments and opinions challenge us. This season we look forward to riveting political and personal stories, epic photos taking us on galactic adventures, learning more about the power of our brains, current geopolitical challenges and laughing and listening in awe of an Academy Award-winner.

What makes our series unique is that instead of the media selecting the sound bites or quotes, our patrons can listen, submit questions and create their own opinion,” said Winterhalder. The difference between The Distinguished Speaker Series and other conferences is the return on investment. “Billionaires and CEOs understand the value of experiencing thought leaders live; they get exclusive invitations and pay thousands of dollars traveling the world to attend events. We present many of the same speakers as these forums. However, the big distinction is – for the price of a good steak dinner – we bring the same experience to our members at the Long Beach Terrace Theater.”

For information on the series, click here.