Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including … ube and a sake pop-up

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.

Explore some of the city’s food and drink offerings, art projects and entertainment this weekend. From a bike tour that gives you a real-time glimpse of the Long Beach Walls mural festival, to a sake pop-up that aims to expand consumers’ ideas of how you can approach and enjoy sake in your everyday life.

Long Beach Comic Con returns this weekend to the Long Beach Convention Center, but for those of you who prefer smaller celebrations, there’s a Dutch and Indonesian food festival that might be more your pace.

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SAKE SECRET POP-UP (Thursday – Sunday)

Sake Secret founder Greg Beck hosts a pop-up and tasting at Long Beach Beer Lab Thursday through Sunday. Photo courtesy Greg Beck.

Certified sake sommelier Greg Beck thinks that sake and consumers’ perceptions toward the Japanese libation are vastly underrated.

But every week at Long Beach Beer Lab, Beck is working to change that through his pop-up, Sake Secret, which sells craft, premium sake imported from Japan (where he lived for six years), and made mostly by 100+ year-old family-owned sake breweries. In addition to educating and guiding patrons to find their perfect sake sip, Beck also offers sake pairings with the brewery’s menu of pizzas, baked goods and beer.

Sake Secret is open from 4 p.m. to last call every Thursday through Sunday. Click here to learn more about Sake Secret.

Find Sake Secret at Long Beach Beer Lab at 518 W. Willow St.


In this file photo, cyclists pass a mural on Pacific Avenue. Photo by Tracey Roman.

Take a bike tour with the people behind Moonlight Mash to check out the new murals going up around the city as part of the annual Long Beach Walls (formally POW! WOW!) art festival.

The four-mile tour will guide bicyclists to many of the murals currently in progress as well as classic pieces from years past where they can learn more about the artists and how the festival has impacted the city.

The two-hour ride is free to attend and starts at 5 p.m. Riders are to meet at the GoActiveLB Hub powered by Pedal Movement in Downtown. If you don’t have a bike, rentals are available through the Pedal Movement website, click here. For more information about the event, click here.

GoActiveLB Hub is at 223 E. First St.

LONG BEACH COMIC CON (Saturday & Sunday)

Amanda Williams, of Orange County, in character as Tinker Bell The Warrior gets airborne during Long Beach Comic Expo 2019 event at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Photo by Ed Crisostomo.

Grab those capes, slap on the body paint or get to hot-gluing because Long Beach Comic Con is officially back this weekend for the first time since the pandemic put a stop to the fun in 2020.

Over 50 illustrators and creators are slated to show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3-4, alongside well-regarded publishing companies such as Aspen Comics, Prism Comics and Top Cow. Attendees who want to shop can check out over a dozen vendors with comic books, figurines, art and a variety of pop-culture goods and memorabilia.

And this year’s special guest lineup features industry heroes Gabriel Hardman, whose works include “Hulk” and “Agents of Atlas,” Ron Marz of “Green Lantern” and “Silver Surfer,” and artist Denys Cowan who penciled for Marvel Comics’ “Black Panther.” The popular cosplay contest on Saturday will also return with trophies awarded in categories like “Best Hero,” “Best Anime” and “Best Villain.”

Weekend passes are $65. Saturday tickets cost $45; Sunday tickets cost $25. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Long Beach Convention Center is at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.



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Organizers behind the Long Beach Ube Festival are partnering with Ambitious Ales Sunday, Sept. 4 with the Ube Day Market, featuring ube desserts, baked goods and the special summer release of Ambitious Ales’ Ube Bay beer.

There will be six vendors offering a variety of ube foods, plus vegan Filipino finger foods and Filipino Texas-style barbecue.

The market which goes from noon to 8 p.m. is free to attend, but those who want to drink must be 21 or older.

Ambitious Ales is at 4019 Atlantic Ave.


Courtesy flyer.

Local punk rock clothing and accessory store, DeadRockers, is celebrating its 10 years in Long Beach with a pretty spectacular music and art show Sunday, Sept. 4.

Tunes will be coming from two stages, with live DJ sets in between the live gigs. Eighties punk bands Ch3 and Decry are headlining, with acoustic performances by Steve Drewett, an English guitarist perhaps best known for his time with the Newtown Neurotics.

The event is bringing in food from Taco Punx and gelato from Cold Hearted, plus a punk rock art show from 14 local artists where a portion of any arts sales will be donated to the Long Beach Animal Shelter.

DeadRockers 10-year anniversary is from 2-7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $19.32. Click here to purchase tickets.

Alex’s Bar is at 2913 E. Anaheim St.


Courtesy flyer.

This festival on Sunday, Sept. 4 presents the tastes and sounds of the Netherlands and Indonesia at Gemmrig Park.

Attendees can expect vendors offering authentic Dutch and Indonesian food, beer, arts and crafts, children’s games and live entertainment, including dancing.

Entry to the festival, which starts at 10 a.m., costs $9.50. Free admission for children under 13. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Gemmrig Park is at 7390 E. Carson St.



Join nature educator and beekeeper Emilie Usher at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s First Wednesdays event series as she invites us to learn more about bees and urban beekeeping.

In her talk, “Discover the World of Bees and Pollinators,” she’ll buzz about how we share our urban spaces with a diverse world of inspiring pollinators who visit hundreds of blooms a day and play a vital role in our food system. For nearly a decade, Usher — who is based in Vancouver, British Columbia, withAlvéole: The Urban Beekeeping Company — has invited urban dwellers to connect with honey bees.

Attendees will hear some sweet talk about the lives of the tiny but mighty creatures and the realities they face. The free event, which includes live music, honey tasting and cocktails, takes place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Honda Pacific Visions Theater. Reservations are required and may be made online, click here, or by calling 562-590-3100. Parking is $8 with an aquarium validation.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.

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