This weekend Long Beach will see the return of not one, but two popular events that were put on hold last year due to good, you know, and that means locals can once again witness the Annual Festival of Flight event at Long Beach Airport. and the Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art competition. Pretty sweet, right?
We would also like to point you to a very special (and a little late) Dia de los Muertos-themed music, art and business event at Bixby Knolls, a few movie screenings and a vegan food fair.
NIGHT TRIVIA – MARKING BREW (Wednesday)
Relax with a pint and test your breadth of pop culture knowledge on Wednesday with a two-hour quiz night at Trademark Brewing.
Participants can band together in groups of up to six, or these one-player black horses can head to the bar and compete for weight and prices from the brewing company.
The free event starts at 7 p.m. (sharp). Click here for more information.
Trademark Brewing is located at 233 E. Anaheim St.
FIRST FRIDAYS – BIXBY KNOLLS (Friday)
Bixby Knolls is set to celebrate a late Dia de los Muertos at their community event, First Fridays, Friday, November 5 with live music, loads of art, pop-ups and specials making arguably the best monthly event in town.
The event will include its annual ofrendo, or altar Dia de los Muertos, a competition and an Aztec dance performance in honor of the holiday. The ‘Artist’s Lot’ inside the Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave.) will be packed with art and installation demonstrations, pop-ups and music, including a special performance by the local electronic company , Toaster Music, with works of art on display by accomplished painter Lindsey Nobel.
Businesses throughout Atlantic Avenue will host live local music, including performances at Thunderbolt Pizza by PhÃ©nyx & Phyre, Bixby Joe by Like Minds Jazz Trio, Ground Control by Slush Box and more, seriously, a lot more, too many to list in this modest explanation.
Other must-see stops include decorating sugar skulls at Studio Pick Art Studio, Goofy and Pluto get-togethers as well as dance performances at Dream Come True Tea and Party Room, “Coco” and “Specter” movie screenings at Liberation Brewing Co. and free pan dulce at Long Beach Clothing.
If you want an expanded overview of all there is to see, listen and enjoy, click here for more information.
First Fridays at Bixby Knolls are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The free event runs a fair length of Atlantic Avenue, but a good starting point is the Expo Arts Center at 4321 Atlantic Ave.
FILMS & MOONLIGHT, “NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS” – 2ND & PCH (Friday)
Attend a free outdoor film screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 2e and PCH on Friday, November 5 as part of the Movies and Moonlight series at the restaurant and shopping center.
At 5 p.m., 2nd & PCH will be hosting pre-show entertainment with special appearances from the characters Jack and Sally from the film, before the film begins at sunset (around 6 p.m. these days).
Early arrival is encouraged so you can stake out your spot along the main drag, Seaport Way, which is blocked from traffic. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets, as free spaces are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be heaters outside, but securing a spot near these will also be on a first come, first served basis.
The center asks all participants to respect social distancing.
2nd & PCH is at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.
FLIGHT FESTIVAL – LONG BEACH AIRPORT (Saturday)
Back after a year-long hiatus thanks to this fun virus we’re all sick of hearing about, the Festival of Flight celebration will meet again on Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Long Airport. Beach.
The annual outdoor event is more an appreciation of the machines that can fly, as there will be no planes hovering in the air, instead attendees may have a rare chance to approach the flying metal birds to touch , admire and appreciate the awesome ingenuity of human invention.
The event will also feature live music, giveaways, children’s activities, food and beer trucks. And, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can purchase a helicopter tour.
Since the event is expected to attract 10,000 people, the Festival of Flight is only allowing admission to participants who can show full proof of vaccination, in accordance with city regulations. A negative COVID-19 test performed within three days of the event will also be accepted. For more information on vaccination and testing requirements, click here.
Free parking will be available at the corner of East Wardlow Road and Globemaster Way, as well as an overflow lot. Alternative modes of transport, such as cycling, carpooling, carpooling and public transport, are strongly encouraged. Bicycle parking will also be available.
For more information, click here.
The Festival of Flight will take place at Taxiway E, located at the west end of the airfield at 3590 E. Wardlow Road.
BELMONT SHORE – BELMONT SHORE CHALK ART SIDEWALK COMPETITION (Saturday)
Over 60 artists are expected to bring out the colorful pastels (we’ll pretend it’s chalk) and compete for cash prizes on Saturday, November 6 at a favorite local sidewalk art-making event, presented by community activist Justin Rudd and his nonprofit, Community Action Team.
Stroll between Saint-Joseph and Glendora Avenues on Second Street to see the artists working on their works as early as 9 a.m. and 4:10 pm in front of Chase Bank (5200 E. Second St.) to watch the judging and awards ceremony; Best in Show will receive $ 350, first place will receive $ 250, second place $ 150, and five honorable mentions will receive $ 50 each.
Plus, if you’re an artist who wants to participate, it’s not too late. Click here for more information and to register.
Chase Bank in Belmont Shore is at 5200 E. Second St.
VEGAN DISTRICT FOOD FAIR – THE PIKE OUTLETS (Saturday)
Every first and third Saturday of the month, the yard of Pike Outlets becomes a playground for vegans with the Vegan District Food Fair, a local and regional herbal vendor market selling food, desserts, drinks, makeup, skin care and other animal products free of charge.
You can discover the show for yourself this Saturday November 6 from noon to 6 p.m. You can find the vendors at the outlet center near Forever 21 and H&M, across from West Seaside Way.
The event is free.
The Pike Outlets is located at 95 S. Pine Ave.
FARGO AND Q + R SPECIAL SCREENING – ART THEATER (Sunday)
The Long Beach Art Theater will host a special morning screening of the 1996 crime film “Fargo” on Sunday, November 7, followed by a Q&A with Todd Melby, a man who knows a lot about what went on. made the famous epic movie which was based on an actual crime in Minnesota.
Melby’s book, âA Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Knowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargoâ takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creative moments that made the film so successful, including the casting struggles, battles over dialect, production challenges (apparently not enough snow) and script information and selected scenes, according to the book’s biography. So we bet they’ll be some sweet ideas from Melby.
Tickets cost $ 10 for adults; $ 9 for seniors and children 2 to 11 years old. The film starts at 11 a.m.
The art theater is located at 2025 E. Fourth St.