This weekend we welcome you to laugh, drink and soak up all the live music spanning an amalgamation of genres: blues, jazz, rock and loads of local acts. We’re sorry if you’re having trouble choosing what to do this Saturday. We know there are too many good things.
STAND UP COMEDY SHOW – FICKLEWOOD CIDERWORKS (Thursday)
Catch a free comedy show at Ficklewood CIderworks Cider Bar in downtown on Thursday, August 26.
Hosted by the Long Beach comedy duo Berenice Ashikian and Garrett Ulrich, the show promises comics from Long Beach, Los Angeles and Orange County.
The doors are at 7:00 p.m., the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Masks are mandatory inside. Click here for more information.
Ficklewood Ciderworks is at 720 E. Broadway.
DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING “# BANG4CHANGE” – ART THEATER (Thursday)
After a sold-out screening last month, “# Bang4Change,” a documentary by OC filmmaker and social justice activist Ferin Kidd who captured the civil unrest of George Floyd’s protests in Minneapolis last year is set to return to the Art Theater Thursday, August 26.
The three-hour event will feature a 45-minute screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with Kidd and Ashley Paulson, a lead figure in the film, who flies out of Minneapolis for the event.
Tickets cost $ 10 and can be purchased online, click here.
The Long Beach Art Theater is located at 2025 E. Fourth St.
HOME AQUARIUM ADVENTURES (Friday)
This 30-minute interactive live Zoom session invites the family to build, play and create with an Aquarium educator on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m.
For $ 70, the Aquarium will mail you an “adventure kit” with games, activities and materials that you can use in tandem with the program.
Buy your kits online, click here. For more information, click here.
EAST VILLAGE BUSINESS BLOCK PARTY – EAST VILLAGE (Saturday)
Over 20 East Village businesses participate in the East Village Block Party on Saturday August 28
From noon to 5 p.m., check out new and reopened businesses, many of which will host other local pop-ups and offer special promotions.
For example, the recently opened home and lifestyle store, Cone 11 Studio, will offer free mini-pottery lessons, portraits of Picasso, and live music by Swan Faucet.
Most of the participating businesses are located on Linden Avenue between Broadway and First Street and on Broadway between Elm and Linden Avenues.
Cone 11 Studio is at 408 E. First St. Suite 101
BLUES FOR ALL SUMMER CONCERT – CESAR CHAVEZ AMPHITHEATER (Saturday)
On Saturday August 28, the blues will be in full swing at the Cesar Chavez Amphitheater with the free summer concert Blues for All.
The lineup includes Redd House, Willy Aguilar and Bill Grisolia and the New Blues Revolution All-Stars with Laurie Morvan.
The concert takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, which includes the amphitheater. The event is free, but RSVP is highly recommended, click here.
The Cesar Chavez Amphitheater is located at 401 Golden Ave.
SUMMER’S END COMMUNITY JAZZ CELEBRATION – SCHERER PARK (Saturday)
As a final farewell to summer, attend the outdoor jazz concert, Summer’s End Community Jazz Celebration on Saturday, August 28.
The concert at Scherer Park will be hosted by DJ KJazz Bubba Jackson and Grammy-winning jazz pianist and composer David Benoit, who will also headline the concert.
The opening lineup will feature millennial musicians who are considered the next generation of jazz stars – from Xavier “X” Gordon and Black Nile, to local favorite Tatiana Tate. Next, a special performance by A Horn Line from the Long Beach City College Jazz Studies Program.
The free concert is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
Scherer Park is located at 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
WHISKEY TASTING – ROXANNE’S (Saturday)
Try a new variety of whiskey from Wille’s Tin Shop’s new line, Dirty Prospector, on Saturday August 28th. Did we mention it’s free?
Show up at Roxanne Bar, which is also the base of Wille’s Tin Shop, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to sample this 100% grain whiskey, tri-distilled and finished in a Sherry Oloroso cask with charred American oak.
Click here for more information. You must be 21 or over to participate.
Roxanne’s is at 1115 East Wardlow Road.
GOOD SUNDAY – ZAFÉRIA DISTRICT (Sunday)
For the locals, created by locals, Happy Sunday’s is back this year for its fifth iteration with over 40 local bands slated to perform on Sunday, August 29.
The day-long festival spans part of Anaheim Street, known as the Zaferia District, where bands perform at local businesses and venues such as DiPiazza’s, The Bamboo Club, Tennessee Jack’s, Supply & Demand , Alex’s Bar, Commodity / All Time Plants and Compound. A Big Red Bus will be available to transport participants to and from the venue, although many will be within walking distance of each other.
The event is free. The shows take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Masks will be mandatory inside.
Click here for more information and to view queue / slot times.