Things to do in Long Beach: cultural festivals, outdoor market, live music, children’s story time

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Fresh starts are all over town this week: hordes of kids from kindergarten through high school returned to school on Wednesday, 10 new original plaster murals of buildings across town thanks to the Long Beach Walls Festival and the Signals tribune welcomed a new editor and managing editor.

Take part in this season of transformation by trying something new in town this week. Experience the food, drink, dance and heritage of a different culture all weekend long at the Long Beach Greek Festival at Bixby Knolls or Sunday at the Holland Festival at El Dorado Park. Inspired creatives can attend an open mic at Bixby Park or encourage the teens in their lives to sign up for the free 8-week Creative Writing Workshop at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library.

Those who survived this week’s scorching heat wave should reward themselves by attending one of the free community events in Long Beach or Signal Hill.

Kengo, 3, opens a Paw Patrol book as he sits in an adult-sized chair in the KidSpace of the Long Beach Billie Jean King Main Library on May 13, 2022. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Friday, September 2

Story time for toddlers: 10:00 a.m. Parents and caregivers of toddlers ages 1-3 are encouraged to bring their children to the Bach Neighborhood Library (1401 E Anaheim St.) to hear stories, songs, and more. Free.

Classic Film Series: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to this screening of the film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” in the Miller Room of the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway). Free.

“Point of Intersection” installation by Daniela Soberman at the Long Beach Museum of Art. (Courtesy of LBMA)

Saturday September 3

Long Beach Greek Festival: Midday. A three-day celebration of Greek culture and heritage, with food, drink, dancing and more at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (5761 E Colorado St.) Admission general costs $5.

Open mic: 7-10 p.m. Local creatives are invited to share their talent during this open mic night on stage at Bixby Park (130 Cherry Ave.). To reserve a slot, message on Instagram to @xsavotage. Free.

Long Beach Comic-Con: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A two-day convention for fans of comics, anime, cosplay and more held at the Long Beach Convention Center. This year, there will be 17 guests from the comic, video game, cosplay, and related industries in the convention’s “Social Square,” where fans can chat with their idols and ask for autographs. Big names at this year’s convention include Lou Ferrigno, who performed the 1978 TV version of The Incredible Hulk, and executives from Heavy Metal magazine. General admission is $45 on Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased online at longbeachcomiccon.ticketleap.com.

New Blues Festival: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this three-day blues music festival at Shoreline Aquatic Park (200 Aquarium Way). General admission is $50 and can be purchased at https://newbluesfestival.com/#ticket-info.

Visit of the public exhibition: 1-2 p.m. A weekly tour of exhibits at the Long Beach Museum of Art (356 E 3rd St.) which is included when visitors pay the $12 admission to enter the museum. Guides will inform participants of each ongoing exhibit currently on display at the museum.

A man and woman stand in front of a Dutch backdrop of cows and windmills at the Holland Festival in Long Beach in 2021. (Courtesy Jeff Keasberry)

Sunday September 4

Holland Day: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This festival aims to bring Dutch Americans together across the state and nation to celebrate their heritage at Gemmrig Park (7390 E. Carson St.). The event will feature vendors, Heineken craft beer, Dutch and Indo-Dutch food, dancing, live music and more. Tickets can be purchased for $11.71 on Eventbrite or for $10 cash-only in person on the day of the festival. If tickets are purchased online, be sure to print them out and bring them to the festival. Children 12 and under enter free. Dogs are not allowed at the festival. Attendees can park at El Dorado Park for $8.

Concert by the sea: 1 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to an outdoor concert by Curtis Byrd and the Pedro Reis Band at the Off-Boardwalk Theater near Funnel House (425 Shoreline Village Drive) in Shoreline Village. Free.

Party of the real: 3 p.m. Those Those 18 and older are invited to this monthly party at Gray LB (237 Long Beach Blvd.), featuring tacos, drinks, art, music and more. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $22.85.

Los Angeles-based rock band The Brobots perform at Signal Hill Park on August 3, 2022, as part of the Concerts in the Park summer event series. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Monday, September 5

Your augmented reality detective experience: All day. This game is described by its creator CyberActivities, Inc. as a cross between Clue and Pokemon Go. As they walk around their neighborhood, participants will receive clues on their phones to solve a fictional mystery. Participants will be outdoors at all times. Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite for $25.

No parking on the dance floor: Noon to 7 p.m. The public is invited to this community celebration at 4th & Cherry Parking Lot (2018 E. 4th St.), featuring music, vendors, activities and more. Free.

Tuesday, September 6

Rancho’s Storytime: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring young children to listen to a story read aloud at Rancho Los Cerritos (4600 Virginia Rd.) Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, strollers, and snacks. Free.

50+ book club: 1 to 2:30 p.m. A book club for participants ages 50 and older at the El Dorado Neighborhood Library (2900 Studebaker Rd.) Visit the library or call (562) 570-3136 to find out how to join. Free.

A photo of someone crocheting with white yarn. (Pexels)

Wednesday, September 7

We are not talking about the crochet club: 5-6 p.m. Teens ages 13-17 are invited to this weekly crochet club at the Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway). Participants will learn the basics of crochet and how to make granny squares. Free.

Teen Advisory Group: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Local high school students are invited to help the library organize events, crafts, and activities for their peers at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.) Free.

A stock photo of a baby holding an adult’s finger (Pixabay via Pexels)

Thursday, September 8

Baby Time: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to bring babies ages 6 months to 18 months to enjoy finger games, books and interactive songs at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library (5614 Britton Dr.) Free.

Creative Writing Classes by Teens for Teens: 4:30-5:30 p.m. The start of an 8-week creative writing course designed and taught by teens for their peers at the Los Altos Neighborhood Library (5614 E. Britton Dr.) Register for this course by emailing [email protected] or calling 562-570-1045.

Reading buddies: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents and caregivers can bring children to the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library (5870 Atlantic Ave.) where a teen volunteer will give them up to 30 minutes of one-on-one reading practice. Free.

Night market: 5-9 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy this combination street fair and farmer’s market in downtown Long Beach (300 N Promenade.) Event will include vendors, live music and more. Free.

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