Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… whiskey tastings and an urban garden dinner

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 you could dine outdoors, try some new whiskey, take a stroll through a Japanese garden, watch a scary or heartwarming film, or learn something new.

You know what to do: Get to scrollin’!

STUDIO GUIDES: AIR SWIMMER – BILLY JEAN KING LIBRARY (Thursday)

 

Children ages 12+ can visit the Long Beach Public Library (Billie Jean King Library) Thursday, Oct. 14 to learn how to operate an inflatable, remote-controlled, robotic blimp shaped like a fish (view above).

The free tutorial does not require any reservations, you can just show up. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

The Long Beach Public Library is at 200 W. Broadway.

VOICEWAVES YOUTH WORKSHOP: INTRO INTO MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM – COMPOUND (Friday)

Join VoiceWaves and KCET multimedia journalist Paula Kiley in this workshop to learn about the stages of video production and how to use stop-motion animation in your videos in or out of journalism during this free two-hour workshop Friday, Oct. 15.

For reference, check out the video above. You’ll be in good hands.

The workshop will be held at Compound in Zaferia District in their outdoor sculpture garden. Viewers are recommended to download the free StopMotion studio app, which is how Kiley implements stop-motion in her work. Supplies will be available for attendees, though guests are encouraged to bring their own if available.

The workshop is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.

Compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.

DIRTY PROSPECTOR WHISKEY TASTING – WILLE’S TIN SHOP (Saturday)

Bottles of Dirty Prospector whiskey guests can try at Roxanne’s on Saturday, Oct. 16. Image courtesy Facebook.

It’s been one year since the release of the Dirty Prospector whiskey crafted at local distillery Wille’s Tin Shop. To celebrate, the distillery is opening its doors for a four-hour whiskey tasting of their latest batches, a peach brandy aged whiskey and an oloroso aged whiskey.

Did we mention it’s free? All you gotta do is show up between 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Wille’s Tin Shop (Roxanne’s Bar). Click here for more information.

Wille’s Tin Shop is at 1115 E. Wardlow Rd.

EARL BURNS MILLER JAPANESE GARDEN GRAND REOPENING (Saturday)

File photo o the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach.

The tranquil Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at Cal State Long Beach reopened Tuesday, but the school is inviting the public to come celebrate the reopening Saturday, Oct. 16 by enjoying all the beautiful scenery, winding walkways, zen garden and koi pond that had been closed to the public for, regrettably, too long.

Guests who visit between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday will have free parking (use lot G4, here’s a map), and free entry into the gardens. Guests can also take part in crafts, a raffle as well as other giveaways.

Visitors are required to RSVP in order to attend, click here for more information.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is at CSULB. Enter the campus on Bellflower Boulevard for easiest access.

SCARY MOVIE NIGHT: INSIDIOUS – SIGNAL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY (Saturday)

Flyer courtesy Signal Hill Public Library.

The Signal Hill Public Library is hosting an adult (18+) scary movie night in their outdoor courtyard Saturday, Oct. 16 with a screening of “Insidious.”

Tickets cost $5. Snacks will be provided. RSVP is required to attend, however, guests can pay the $5 at the door.

Call 562-989-7323 to reserve your spot. Click here for more information.

Signal Hill Public Library is at 1800 E. Hill St.

LONG BEACH OPEN STUDIO TOUR (Saturday & Sunday)

Artist Noel Madrid in his studio. Photo by Ashley Aguirre.

Check out the studios of the city’s many artists this weekend during the Long Beach Open Studio Tour, a free event meant to connect local artists with the community.

The month-long event will feature over 50 artists and their spaces in different areas of Long Beach. This Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 16-17) guests can visit artists in Wrigley and Downtown. The tour is self-guided, allowing visitors to go at their own pace.

Organizers have created special maps guests can use to find participating studios. Click here for the maps and for more information.

Visitors must wear masks while indoors, per state mandate.

11TH ANNUAL LONG BEACH URBAN FARM DINNER – ORGANIC HARVEST GARDENS (Sunday)

Image courtesy Primal Alchemy.

Enjoy a 16-course meal made by local and regional chefs Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Organic Harvest Gardens in North Long Beach. The dinner, hosted by local catering company Primal Alchemy, is both to celebrate and support urban gardens like Organic Harvest Gardens and the chefs who do their part to support local growers and farmers.

Some featured local chefs include Chef Rod Dodd of Organic Harvest Gardens, Chef Kyle Johnson of MarketLOVr, Arturo Enciso and Ana Belen Salatino from Gusto Breads, Jesse Hellen-Lloyd of Hey Brother Baker and more.

The event will also include live music and libations.

Tickets cost $175 for a seat. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the LBCAP (Long Beach Community Action Partnership), Youth LAMP (Leadership ARTS Mentoring Program).

Click here for more information including a list of the full menu and to purchase a ticket.

Organic Harvest Gardens is at 6803 Atlantic Ave.

BREWMANCE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING – TEN MILE BREWING (Sunday)

A documentary film about two of Long Beach’s most celebrated breweries, Liberation Brewing Co. and Ten Mile Brewing, will be screened at Ten Mile Brewing in Signal Hill Sunday, Oct. 17.

The film takes an intimate look at the beginnings, pitfalls and ultimate success of the brewing companies’ journey to legitimacy while also delving into the history of craft brewing as we know it today.

Tickets cost $15 and include a special “Brewmance” pint glass. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets as the screening is outdoors. Doors open at 6 p.m., movie at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.

Ten Mile Brewing is at 1136 E. Willow St.

BOOTY BURLESQUE – ALEX’S BAR (Sunday)

A dancer with Booty Burlesque. Photo courtesy Booty Burlesque.

See the ladies Booty Burlesque at Alex’s Bar Sunday, Oct. 17 as they perform a “Seven Deadly Sins” burlesque show and some pole-dancing. Sideshow acts will include Dangerous D and Christopher Wonder from Dark Art Emporium.

Accompanying live music will be by Space Force and Dan O Forte’s Juke Joint Freakshow.

Tickets are $12.80 and may be purchased online. Per county regulation, attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before show.

Doors open at 2 p.m. and the show starts at 4 p.m.

Alex’s Bar is at 2913 E. Anaheim St.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

SOUTHEAST ASIA DAY – SUNDAY, OCT. 17

Southeast Asia Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific, 2019. Courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to present our 17th Annual Southeast Asia Day on Sunday, October 17.

Join us for a cultural celebration of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia. Guests will enjoy music, dance and cultural craft demonstrations.

Children will have the opportunity to partake in arts and crafts. Capacity is limited. Advance reservations are required. No walk-ups. Click here to reserve.

Keeping our guests and staff safe is our top priority. Masks are required for all ages 2 and over. For the most current information, go to aquariumofpacific.org/safety.

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.

Editors Note: The event at Bel Canto Books has sold out and was removed from the list.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.
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