Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… women who jam and Mardi Gras

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.

March has a lot to celebrate. Women’s history, Mardi Gras, even St. Patricks Day in a couple of weeks. This weekend we’ve found a few events in line with these celebrations (except St. Patrick’s Day, you gotta wait for that) and more.

You know what to do: Get to scrollin’!

JOHNNIE WALKER WHISKEY TASTING – BUNGALOW KITCHEN (Thursday)

Johnnie Walker tasting flyer courtesy Bungalow Kitchen.

Belmont Shore’s Bungalow Kitchen is hosting an intimate (30-person) Johnnie Walker whiskey tasting and three-course dinner on Thursday, March 3.

Tickets are $125 for one person but considering that a typical entree at the restaurant goes for about $30, a three-course meal with tastings of both Johnnie Walker Black and Blue that you can order neat or in a craft cocktail is pretty remarkable.

Click here to see the full menu and to make a reservation.

Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is at the 2nd & PCH shopping center at 6400 E. Pacific Coast Highway.

FIRST FRIDAYS – BIXBY KNOLLS (Friday)

First Fridays flyer courtesy BKBIA.

Bixby Knolls most popular community event, First Fridays, is back for another evening of music, art and shopping and this month, in honor of Women’s History Month, it’s all about, well, women.

The Artists Lot (4326 Atlantic Ave.) will feature the artwork and wares of 17 local women artists, with live music by Jupiter’s Heat, a female alternative R&B duo. Inside the Expo Arts Center will be a gallery featuring all women artists and throughout the blocks along the Bixby Knolls business corridor (along Atlantic Avenue between Cartagena Street and Claiborne Drive) will be live music from either all-women bands or DJs spinning tunes by female artists.

First Friday runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and is always free to attend.

Click here for a full list of programming and where to catch the live music.

First Fridays takes place along a stretch of Atlantic Avenue, but a good starting point is the Expo Arts Center at 4321 Atlantic Ave.

MARDI GRAS MASQUERADE – WATERS EDGE WINERY (Saturday)

Mardi Gras Masquerade Party flyer courtesy Waters Edge Winery Long Beach.

Keeping the Mardi Gras spirit alive well past Ash Wednesday, Waters Edge Winery in Downtown is hosting a Mardi Gras masquerade party Saturday, March 5 with live DJs, New Orleans-inspired eats and, as you might expect, lots of wine.

Guests are encouraged to dress up, don masks and load up on the bead necklaces. The evening will also include contests and giveaways, plus a glass of bubbly when you arrive.

Tickets cost $29, click here to purchase and for more information.

Waters Edge Winery of Long Beach is at 217 N. Pine Ave.

GRITTY IN PINK CONCERT & ART EXHIBITION – ALEX’S BAR (Saturday)

Photo by Daniel J. Siwa courtesy Gritty in Pink website.

Gritty in Pink, a platform created to help better gender inequality in the music industry, is bringing 50+ women artists and musicians to Alex’s Bar Saturday, March 5 in a day-long concert in honor of Women’s History Month.

The concert will feature live music and DJ sets from some of Southern California’s best female musicians and rising stars, including Latina rapper Reverie and Philadelphia-raised rapper Whitney Peyton, plus an all-girl jam session with Los Angeles and Long Beach musicians, including Myra Gallarza of local punk rock outfit Bad Cop Bad Cop.

On the outdoor patio, guests can also check out the Punk Rock & Paintbrushes exhibition featuring 16 women artists.

The show runs from 1-9 p.m. and is free to attend, but guests must be 21 or older and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Click here to see the lineup and to RSVP.

Alex’s Bar is at 2913 E. Anaheim St.

TREE PLANTING – SIXTH STREET (Saturday)

 

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Join the Millikan High School Environmental Club and help plant trees on Sixth Street between Park and Santiago avenues Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m.

Volunteers can RSVP online, click here. Those who sign up will be sent a map specifying the planting area. Tools will be provided.

Planting will be done near the Recreation Park area along Sixth Street between Park and Santiago Avenue.

CAMBODIAN NIGHT MARKET – MAYE CENTER (Sunday)

Support local vendors while you shop homemade crafts and other goods at the Cambodia Town Night Market Sunday, March 6 at the MAYE Center.

The four-hour event will also feature live music and Cambodian street food vendors, including Battambong BBQ.

In honor of Mardi Gras, attendees are also encouraged to dress up—you know the drill.

Cambodia Town Night Market is from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at the MAYE Center, 2153 E. Anaheim St.

SPONSORED BY THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

NOCHE DE ESTRELLAS (NIGHT OF STARS) – AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC (Friday)

Photo courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.

Party with the sea stars at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars), on Friday, March 4, 2022, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Dance to cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with two live bands and a DJ. The event will feature Aztec dance, take-home crafts from the Museum of Latin American Art, free recipes, and bilingual educational programs, including a sustainable seafood lotería game with prizes and environmental activities and information at participating booths. You can also meet over 12,000 animals.

Those attending can experience the Aquarium’s first Spanish-language edition of its visitor app as they explore exhibits. Enjoy the ambiance of the Aquarium at night for $24.95 per ticket during this all-ages event (food and drinks sold separately).

Advance reservations are required for everyone and safety protocol requirements are in place. Reserve tickets online, click here, or call 562-590-3100 for details.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way.

 

SPONSORED BY THE CAMERATA SINGERS

LONG BEACH CAMERATA SINGERS FILL THE NIGHT WITH LUMINOUS SOUND IN CHORALFEST – BEVERLY O’NEILL THEATER (Sunday)

Long Beach Camerata Singers invite you to ChoralFest!

Hear what the silent Aurora Borealis would sound like as music with the Long Beach Camerata Singers and renowned composer Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets to the luminous ChoralFest on March 13 are available now at, click here.

The Beverly O’Neill Theater is at 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

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