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.
The city will see the return of a very popular music festival this weekend, with a performance by Long Beach’s own Snoop Dogg. This month also marks the opening season for a variety of our local performing arts groups, and International City Theatre is kicking off with a new production of an admired musical.
This weekend also marks the return of the Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week and the Kidical Mass community bike ride in Bixby Knolls.
There’s more, but you know what to do: Get to scrollin’!
INTERNATIONAL CITY THEATRE’S PRODUCTION OF “TICK, TICK…BOOM” (Friday – Sunday)
International City Theatre is opening its 2023 season this weekend with pop-rock musical “Tick, Tick…Boom,” premiering Feb. 17 at the Downtown theater.
The musical, written by Jonathon Larson, the creator of the lauded rock musical “Rent,” is a semi-autobiographical work about the playwright’s rocky career into performing arts. Though not a household name compared to his Tony-award-winning musical “Rent,” the musical was quite popular and performed in theaters all over the world. And adding to that success, the musical was recently adapted into a film by Lin-Manuel Miranda for Netflix.
Tickets for “Tick, Tick…Boom” range from $49-$55. Opening night on Feb. 17 will also include a post-show reception with the actors. Performances will go on until March 5.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
CALI VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL (Friday – Sunday)
The Cali Vibes music festival is returning for a second year at Marina Green Park with dozens of reggae, hip-hop and rock musical acts slated to perform, with landmark groups like Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Cypress Hill and Damian Marley to headline.
Last year’s lineup energized fans for its large bill featuring iconic acts like Wu-Tang Clan and all of the Marley brothers. And this year, the festival is keeping that momentum with special music performances by Long Beach’s very own Snoop Dogg on Saturday, Feb. 18, and soft rock multi-instrumentalist Jack Johnson on Sunday, Feb. 19.
The festival, which opens at noon all three days, will feature three stages with music from over 60 acts playing simultaneously. General and VIP tickets are still available for purchase and range from $160 for single-day passes to $475 for VIP three-day passes.
Click here to see the full lineup and purchase tickets.
Marina Green Park is at 400 E. Shoreline Drive.
CARNIVOROUS PLANT WORKSHOP AT PLANTIITAS (Saturday)
If you’ve ever been interested in owning and caring for a carnivorous plant, like a Venus flytrap, then Saturday’s workshop at Plantiitas nursery in Retro Row will give you the primer you need to take on the unique species.
Led by carnivorous plant expert Dan Birch, the hour-and-a-half workshop will cover all the necessary info that goes into maintaining that kind of plant. After the workshop, Plantiitas will be hosting a rare plant swap and market, so those who have some less common plants they’d like to trade can bring their healthy potted plants for some bartering.
Plantiitas is at 2011 E. Fourth St.
DINE OUT LONG BEACH RESTAURANT WEEK (Saturday – Sunday)
The 8th Annual Dine Out Long Beach, Restaurant & Cocktail week will be kicking off Saturday, Feb. 18, enticing locals to indulge in (and support) Long Beach’s gastronomical landscape with restaurants all over the city offering special menus, pairings and promotions.
Dozens of restaurants will be participating in the 10-day event ending on Feb. 28, with new and familiar staples such as The Ordinarie, Michael’s on Naples, the Breakfast Bar and more participating. With Long Beach restaurants and businesses being broken into recently, organizers of the Dine Out restaurant week say there’s no better time to support your local eatery.
There are no registration fees. All you need to do is visit the participating restaurant and request the Dine Out Long Beach menu or promotions. Click here for more information and to see the full list of participating restaurants.
“A REBEL’S OUTCRY” SCREENING AND BOOK TALK (Sunday)
The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center is hosting a special event celebrating the admired but little-known Japanese-American activist Sei Fujii.
In 2021, authors Fumiko Carole Fujita and Jeffrey Gee Chin published a biography of Fujii’s life, which included his best-known accomplishments: overturning the California Alien Land Law in 1952 and founding the Japanese American newspaper Kashu Mainichi (California Daily News).
The two-hour event will open with a screening of the short film “Lil Tokyo Reporter,” which was also about Fujii. Then, “Gilmore Girls” actress Keiko Agena will be doing a live reading of the new biography, followed by a panel discussion about the book.
Click here for more information on the event, which begins at 2 p.m.
The Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center is at 1766 Seabright Ave.
KIDICAL MASS COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE (Sunday)
The Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association is hosting its monthly bike ride, Kidical Mass, which invites children and their families to step outside and enjoy the city by bike.
In previous years, Kidical Mass would start at Georgie’s Place on Atlantic, but this year the bike ride will commence at 11 a.m. from Pixie Toys.
The event is free to attend and will provide snacks for riders during the event. For riders under 18, helmets are required. Click here for more information.
Pixie Toys is at 3914 Atlantic Ave.
DRAWN TO LONG BEACH (Sunday)
Local artist Don Terlinden enjoys drawing just about anything, especially with fellow artists. As a way to sharpen his own skills and connect with others, Terlinden has organized a community drawing event at the Long Beach Towne Center that anyone may join.
The drawing party will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and afterward, attendees are encouraged to grab a bite together—you’ll have plenty of options.
Click here for more information.
Long Beach Towne Center is at 7575 Carson Blvd.