We’ve got your weekend covered when it comes to all things Pride, but what if you’re in another part of Long Beach looking for something to do?
Kids and vintage auto enthusiasts of all ages will want to venture to the family-friendly Long Beach Touch-A-Truck event in Belmont Shore on Saturday, from 9:30AM to 12:30PM. The Granada Parking Lot will play host to dozens of vehicles and at least 2,500 people. The star of the day? A double-decker British bus dating from the 1930s.
Or maybe you’re looking for a free outdoor sailing race? The Congressional Cup will be heading into its final races this Saturday and Sunday at 11:30AM. Fuel your adrenaline with the regatta racing magic and enjoy the skill displayed by experienced skippers at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Go ahead and have a classy beverage while you’re at it. The East Coast ain’t got nothing on Long Beach’s sailing spectator prowess.
Head to the Long Beach Port for The Black Bird Renegade Tour: Queen's Wharf at Pier 55 on Saturday from noon to 2AM Sunday. The jam sesh features dozens of artists performing against the commercial port backdrop. Participants—required to be 21-plus—must sign a waiver beforehand. Price is $15 with an RSVP before 3PM, and $20 after.
If keen on broadening one’s life perspective, check out Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at the Long Beach Playhouse on Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 2PM. Playing continuously through May 30, the play follows the ghost of a quick-witted tiger, once held captive at the zoo, who narrates the trials and tribulations of two American marines and a troubled Iraqi gardener as they traipse through the streets of war-torn Baghdad. It was praised by the LA Times and offers a glimpse of the Iraq war with plenty of dark humor.
Perhaps a bike ride with the kids beats everything else. On Sunday, Bixby Knolls’ monthly Kidical Mass bike ride celebrates its third anniversary. The approximately 4.5 mile ride starts at 1PM at Georgie’s Place. Complimentary ice cream is provided to all participants as a just reward.
Top right: Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC). Top Left: Courtesy of Long Beach Touch a Truck. Bottom Left and Right: File photos.