Summer 2016: Roundup of Free (or Almost Free) Outdoor Activities and Events in Long Beach
Long Beach is THE place to be this summer!
From movies in the park to an amazing selection of outdoor festivals, there are so many fun things to do this summer in Long Beach! And the best part? Most of them are totally free!
720 Pine – Enjoy live skateboard stunts, live music, and beer ‘n’ grub at this festival at 7th Street and Pine Ave. on Saturday, June 25 starting at 2:30 p.m. Get more details here.
Pirate Invasion – Join 100’s of pirates at an everything pirate related festival on June 25 and June 26 at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Kids and adults welcome! Admission is free.
Twisted at the Pike: Enjoy “creepy carny folk” entertainment at this carnival at the Pike on Saturday, July 9 from 5 – 11 p.m. There will also be live music, fire belly dancing, magicians, food vendors, and a beer garden
Noah Kalama Outrigger Classic – Watch over 800 entrants race 6-man and one-man outrigger canoes on a measured 500-meter straightaway at Marine Stadium on Saturday, July 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Beach Soccer Tournament: This free 5V5 tournament includes a carnival beach party with Brazilian style barbecue, food vendors, music, rides, and entertainment. It’s free to play but you must register in advance. Game days is July 9. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
Love Long Beach Festival: Just like the name suggests, this festival celebrates all the wonderful things about Long Beach – art, music, fitness, organic food, and much more! The event is on July 17th at Granada Beach beginning at 9 a.m. and admission is free.
Dragon Boat Races: In addition to the race at Marine Stadium, there will be traditional Chinese art demonstrations, acrobatics, dance, music, food, and more! The festival goes all weekend long starting on Saturday, July 30 and admission is free.
Sand Sculpture & Art & Music Festival: For the 84th year in a row, watch the pros turn sand into art on August 13th and 14th at Granada Beach.
Tiki Beach Festival: The 15th annual festival includes Polynesian music and dance performances as well as a craft fair and yummy food from the Aloha Food Court! Admission is free on Saturday August 20 – 21 at Granada Beach.
Buskerfest: Known as a “launch pad for the careers of local musicians,” this competition features thousands of dancers and musicians who perform on stages set up on flatbed trucks. The free festival is on September 3 in the East Village Arts District.
Outdoor Summer Concerts
Long Beach Municipal Band
Wednesdays: June 29th – August 3rd; 6:30 p.m. at Los Cerritos Park
Thursdays: June 30th – August 4th; 6:30 p.m. at Marine Stadium
Fridays: July 1st – August 5th; 6:30 p.m. at El Dorado Park West
Shoreline Symphonic Winds Community Band
Monday, June 27th: 6:45 p.m. at Cherry Park
Friday, July 22nd: 6:45 p.m. at Stearns Champion Park
Friday, August 5th: 6:45 p.m. at Wardlow Park
Friday, August 12th: 6:45 p.m. at Houghton Park
Summer Concerts in Naples at The Colonnade Park – 6:00 p.m.
June 28th – Mo5o
July 26th – Crimson Crowbar
August 30th: Squeeze Box
All movies begin at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets, a picnic and enjoy the show!
Starwars the Force Awakens: Friday, June 24th at El Dorado Park West
Pan: Monday, June 27th at Cherry Park
Pan: Wednesday, June 29th at MacArthur Park
Minions: Tuesday, July 5th at Seaside Park
Minions: Wednesday, July 6 at Heartwell Park
Hotel Transylvania 2: Wednesday, July 13 at King Park
Goosebumps: Monday, July 18 at Grace Park
Norm of the North: Friday, July 29 at Scherer Park
Inside Out: Wednesday, August 3 at Admiral Kidd Park
Zootopia: Tuesday, August 9th at Granada Beach
Good Dinosaur: Monday, August 15th at Signal Hill Park
Pixels: Wednesday, August 17th at Coolidge Park
Cool off from the hot temperatures with a dip in the Belmont Plaza Pool for $4.00 or less.
- Mondays and Fridays: 5:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (long course noon – 1:00)
- Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Supervised Park Activities
Summer Fun Days and BE S.A.F.E are free programs offered by the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department. The programs are broken up into different age groups and offer supervised activity time at parks throughout Long Beach. From arts and crafts to fitness and karate classes, it’s a great way for kids to spend the summer! Call 562-570-3150 or email [email protected] for more information.
Take an archery class at El Dorado park for just $5.00. Get the class schedule here.
For just $12 dollars, enjoy a one hour cruise on the beautiful Long Beach harbor. You can also choose a dinner cruise or the Murder Mystery Harbor Cruise on Friday and Saturday nights. Call 572-432-4900 for tickets and more information
In addition to regularly scheduled leagues, Bayshore Roller Hockey Rink offers pick-up games for $6 dollars a session. The schedule is posted at the rink but you can also call 570-1736 for times.
From the Shoreline bike path to the loop through El Dorado Regional Park, Long Beach has a beautiful selection of places to go for a ride. Don’t have a bike? No problem. Rent one for $7.00 an hour with Long Beach Bike Share.