This weekend will be a good time to get out. Pretty cute considering we found some great outdoor events, including the vibrant Cambodia City and Culture Festival, a free outdoor film screening, and a concert at the park. Plus, if gardening is your thing, a special series of events culminates in Long Beach this weekend.
LB FOODWAYS SPRING SUMMIT – VARIOUS LOCATIONS (Thursday to Sunday)
As part of a mission to bring locals closer to their food, Long Beach Fresh hosted a four-day series of events they dubbed the “Long Beach Foodways Spring Summit,” designed to connect and educate locals. of Long Beach on our local food system. .
On Thursday, March 31, the DelicaSea Free Seafood Showcase will be held at Bixby Knolls Farmers Market (Atlantic Avenue and E. 46th Street), where visitors can discover a plethora of local seafood, sample bites prepared by the chef and learn more about the local aquaculture.
On Friday, April 1, head to the Bixby Knolls Expo Arts Center (4321 Atlantic Ave.) for the Long Beach County Fair, where local farmers will showcase their best produce in hopes of winning the Blue Urban Farming Contest. Ribbon. Note: This event is in tandem with First Fridays at Bixby Knolls, so the entire area will be buzzing with pop-ups, music, and entertainment.
Then on Saturday, April 2, it’s both the North Long Beach Crop Swap (10 a.m.), where neighboring growers gather to share garden-grown produce, plants and herbs, and the Home Cooks and Home Garden Tours (11:30 a.m.), which will take visitors on a tour of some of the city’s most beautiful gardens.
Closing out the series will be Cambodian “Marklet” night around the Maye Center (2153 E. Anaheim St.) where locals can learn about local Cambodian cuisine, producers, makers, artists, and enjoy family-friendly activities.
Click here for more event information and to register online.
LONG BEACH SPEED RIDE – PIKE OUTLETS (Friday)
LAESK8 is a Los Angeles County-based electric vehicle group focused on community commuting via electric vehicles. On Friday, April 1, the group invites residents of Long Beach to participate in a 24-mile hike starting at Pike Outlets up Signal Hill and back down to the Lions Lighthouse.
Bikes, scooters, skateboards – basically any vehicle that isn’t a car – are welcome to join the rollout, however, your transport must be able to travel at least 30 mph to keep pace with the group. And don’t forget a helmet.
Deployment is at 7 p.m. Click here for more information.
Pike Outlets is at 95 S. Pine Ave.
“SPAMILTON: AN AMERICAN PARODY” MUSICAL – CARPENTER CENTER (Friday – Sunday)
As with any cultural phenomenon, parodies and parodies abound. Just a year after ‘Hamilton’ debuted in 2015, shaking the theater world in its wake, award-winning writer and director Gerard Alessandrini (best known for ‘Forbidden Broadway’) has created a parody version of the hit musical. crazy inspired by the life of Alexander Hamilton.
Now, Musical Theater West brings the musical ‘Spamilton: An American Parody’ to Long Beach in the first regional production at the Carpenter Center, which includes celebrity satires, pop culture zings, as well as new and original material written specifically for for audiences at Musical Theater West. .
Hours are Friday through Sunday through April 10 and range from $22 to $96. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test performed 24 prior to the show is required. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach Campus is located at 6200 E. Atherton St.
FILMS & MOONLIGHT “ENCANTO” – 2ND & PCH (Friday)
2nd & PCH’s Movies and Moonlight series is back for Spring Screenings, an outdoor movie screening event that invites the community to attend a free screening of a family movie, projected on a giant inflatable screen.
This Friday, April 1 at sunset (around 7:00 p.m.), the mall will be showing Disney’s “Encanto.” In addition, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mirabel, the character of Encanto, will be on site for a meeting.
Early arrival is encouraged so you can stake out your spot along the main street, Seaport Way, which is blocked off to traffic. Customers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets as free seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
2nd & PCH is at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway.
14TH ANNUAL CAMBODIA TOWN PARADE AND CULTURE FESTIVAL – CAMBODIA TOWN (Sunday)
Back from a pandemic hiatus, the annual Cambodian Town Parade and Cultural Festival of Long Beach returns for its 14th year in all its glory as the community comes together to celebrate Long Beach’s rich Cambodian culture.
The one-day event on Sunday, April 3, which honors the Khmer New Year, will include a live parade, classical and popular song and dance performances, food, music, art and more again.
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. in Cambodia City along Anaheim Street, followed by the cultural festival at MacArthur Park until 6 p.m.
Click here for more information.
MacArthur Park is located at 1321 E. Anaheim St.
ACE BAND SPRING CONCERT – LARRY CURTIS CONCERT PARK (Sunday)
A free concert at the newly renamed Larry Curtis Concert Park (formerly Marine Stadium Park) will begin on Sunday, April 3 with the band Ace.
The two-hour concert begins at 4 p.m. Arrive early and you can catch a set of the Goodbye Girls. Food trucks will be available on site, along with a host of other activities, including face painting and games.
Larry Curtis Concert Park is located at 5255 E. Paoli Way.