This weekend marks the start of two new festivals in Long Beach. The first is an event focused on ocean sustainability that also coincides with the West Marine US Open. The second is a film festival specially organized by the Long Beach Opera.
We also found a rare comedy show, an interactive murder mystery dinner, and an arts and crafts market that doesn’t get enough attention.
SEA CHANGE FESTIVAL – BELMONT SHORE (Saturday)
A new festival focused on ocean sustainability kicks off in Belmont Shore on Saturday, July 16, where attendees can partake in a beach cleanup, experience the Formula Kiteboarding and KiteFoil portions of the West Marine US Open Regatta, and soak up a myriad beach festivities. to the ocean and to sustainability.
Some of these activities include a public sand-building contest (with a spotlight on a professional sand castle builder), live art demonstrations and education on sailing and kitesurfing, food and free drinks and more.
The festival, which runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
The Sea Change Festival takes place at 79 Claremont Place.
THE DINNER Detective – COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT LONG BEACH DOWNTOWN (Saturday)
Similar to the premise of the classic “Clue” board game, this interactive theatrical experience invites guests to help solve a murder while dining on a four-course meal.
The Detective Dinner, billed by the company as America’s largest interactive murder and comedy dinner show, will take place Saturday, July 16 at the Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown.
What’s fun about the show is how you can approach your experience. If being part of the action sounds like your kind of party, all you have to do is talk and be part of the story. But you can also opt for a more traditional theatrical experience and watch the drama unfold as you dine and drink. And yes, there is a full bar available on site.
Tickets are $69.95. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach Downtown is located at 500 E. First St.
DALIA MALEK COMEDY SHOW – LONG BEACH BEER LAB (Saturday)
Attend a free stand-up by Dalia Malek, Egyptian-American actress on international tour. The show you will see on Saturday July 16 at the Long Beach Beer Lab will be her set called “Another Castle” which she is preparing for the 2022 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The show is in collaboration with Friendzone Comedy, a local group that puts on stand-up shows at venues and bars around town. The show is free. Seating begins at 6:15 p.m. Must be 18 or older to attend the show.
Click here for more information.
Long Beach Beer Lab is located at 518 W. Willow St.
TRADEMARK BREWING 3RD ANNIVERSARY PARTY – TRADEMARK BREWING (Saturday)
In honor of their three years on Anaheim St. Trademark Brewing is hosting a birthday party at their brewery.
The party is summer camp themed and will include opportunities to try new beers, play games, dance to live music and participate in raffles. Food will be provided by local vendors including Colossus Bread, Flaco’s Tacos and AGL’s Craft Meats.
The event is free and takes place at noon. Must be 21 or older to enjoy. Click here for more information.
Trademark Brewing is located at 233 E. Anaheim St.
LONG BEACH OPERA FILM FESTIVAL – ART THEATER (Saturday – Sunday)
The Long Beach Opera is hosting its first film festival at the Art Theater with two full days of film screenings and live performances July 16-17.
Saturday’s lineup includes nine films, many of which will feature live performances and film scores. On Sunday, LBO will premiere four shorts including the previews of the LBO-commissioned short “Entry” and the Los Angeles premiere of Gallant Indies, based on Jean-Philippe’s opera-ballet Rameau directed by Clément Cogitore for the Opéra National de Paris.
Two-day passes are available for LBO subscribers and general admission tickets are $45 for Saturday, July 16 and $30 for Sunday, July 17. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The Long Beach Art Theater is located at 2025 E. Fourth St.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR – LONG BEACH MARKETPLACE (Sunday)
Every Sunday at Marketplace Long Beach, more than 30 vendors set up shop to sell unique handmade gifts and products.
Discover a variety of crystals, soaps, jewelry, plants, pots, clothing, handbags, home decor and more at the fair located behind Trader Joe’s next to Second Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
The arts and crafts fair is free and open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information.
The Arts and Crafts Fair is located at 6475 Pacific Coast Highway.