Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including…makers markets and 80s jams

We’ve got live music, art demonstrations, open-air markets, Easter baskets, and some vegan nosh.

Also, happy Spring Equinox!

80s NIGHT WITH FLASHBACK HEART ATTACK—THE GASLAMP (Friday)

Hired by event planners and wedding coordinators for major corporations, celebrities, Grammy winners, even Hall of Fame members, 80s cover band Flashback Heart Attack is one of those cover bands that knows how to bring the party, even if that means dancing with yourself.

Rock out (outside and socially distant, of course) to all your favorite 80s hits while you dine and drink at the Gaslamp on Friday, March 26. Tickets cost $15 (dinner and drinks not included). Doors at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

The Gaslamp is located at 6251 E. Pacific Coast Highway.

CREATIVE COMMUNAL MAKERS MARKET – 2ND & PCH (Sunday)

Since near the outset of the pandemic, 2ND & PCH has blocked off Seaport Way, its main road inside the shopping center, to traffic, allowing guests to freely roam about. This Sunday, March 28, Creative Communal locals market is taking over Seaport Way inviting locals to come check out the wares from over 30 local and regional artists and makers during this open-air event, which is free to attend.

2ND & PCH is also offering activities and Easter Bunny photo ops for children.

Market runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more info.

2ND & PCH is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.

LEAF OVER BEEF VEGAN BARBECUE POP-UP (Saturday)

Vegan BBQ chicken and shrimp entree with plant-based mac ‘n cheese and coleslaw. Photo courtesy Leaf Over Beef.

Local vegan eatery, Leaf Over Beef, is hosting a vegan barbecue pop-up event Saturday, March 27 from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 623 W. Pacific Coast Highway.

Traditional BBQ flavors are reimagined in Mexican-style entrees—tacos, burritos, quesadillas—alongside classic southern comforts of smoked vegan meats, burgers, sandwiches and wings. Smoked vegan entrees, slathered in their special BBQ sauce, range from $12 to $15. And, loaded with hearty helpings of plant-based mac ‘n cheese and coleslaw, the entrees are easily filling enough for two.

Those looking to get a feel for all their smoked barbecue offerings can try their sampler platter for $25.

Click here to RSVP (for free) and order online.

STARLIGHT FUNDRAISER—THE BLUFF (Sunday)

This free, outdoor event invites the community to come check out live mural art demonstrations and music from local artists at The Bluff on Sunday, March 28 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Hosted by Starlight Projects Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on community activism through art, the event is a fundraiser for The PARA//EL Axis, a yet-to-be-established donation-based store and art studio/gallery where all member artists can work, place, promote, showcase and trade their work.

Starlight Projects Foundation recently obtained $15,000 through the CA Relief Grant program to help open up their space, but are hoping the community can step in to help cover the remaining balance.

Attendees are asked to wear masks and maintain social distancing protocol. Visit the PARA//EL Axis Instagram page for more info, click here.

The Bluff is located on a stretch of grass overlooking Cherry Beach at Ocean Boulevard at Junipero Avenue.

EASTER BASKET DRIVE-BY DROP OFF (Saturday)

Help brighten a child’s Easter at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach by dropping off a gift basket with toys and other goodies on Saturday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a drop off event for a later drive-by event at the hospital.

Drop off location is at 1240 E. Silva St.

ARTIST MELODIE BERGQUIST-TURORI LIVESTREAM – PACIFIC ISLAND ETHNIC ART MUSEUM (Sunday)

Though the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum is gearing up for reopening for indoor exhibitions, the Downtown art museum is still holding virtual livestreams and art demonstrations. This Sunday, March 28 meet New Zealand artist, educator and student Melodie Bergquist-Tuori who will discuss The Masi, a traditional cloth from Fiji, made from the inner bark of the Mulberry Tree.

Livestream starts at noon on Facebook. Click here for more details.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers music, 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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