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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!

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Photo: Long Beach Sea Festival/Festival


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Photo: Long Beach Sea Festival/Facebook

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

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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

Outdoor Movies

All movies begin at dusk. Bring chairs, blankets, a picnic and enjoy the show!

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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

Athletic Activities:

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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.

Also check out King Park Pool, Silverado Park Pool, and Jordon High School Pool

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.

Harbor Cruise

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

Roller Hockey

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.

Here’s to a great summer in Long Beach! We hope it’s your best one yet!

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