This weekend, enjoy the many facets of Long Beach culture through storytelling, embark on a bicycle ride for a cause, or celebrate diversity at the Long Beach Pride Parade!
Arts for Inclusion: Best Buddies
Thursday, May 17 | 6-8pm
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach 90802 | Museum of Latin American Art
Best Buddies Arts for Inclusion is an exhibition of art made by Long Beach students with developmental disabilities. Best Buddies supports friendship between students with disabilities and their nondisabled classmates through social, arts, and community volunteer activities. Meet the artists and enjoy performances by Jordan High School’s Latin American Dance Team. This event is FREE!
Learn More: https://molaa.org/events/2018/5/12/best-buddies-art-exhibition
Live Disco Night at the Roller Rink
Thursday, May 17 | 6-8pm
14 54th Pl., Long Beach 90803 | Bayshore Rink Party
Every third Thursday of the month is party time over at the Bayshore Roller Rink. Show up to this Thursday’s event in your bell bottom pants, sequin jumpsuit, or spandex muscle shirt and prepare to Bounce, Rock, Roll, Skate! There is a $10 charge and skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome. Skate rental is available on a first come first serve or you may visit Moxie Roller Skate shop for rentals.
Learn More: http://www.moxilongbeach.com/
1st Annual Long Beach Filipino Festival
Saturday, May 19 | 11am-6pm
1545 W. 31st St., Long Beach 90810 | Silverado Park
This weekend, join our community as we celebrate culture, history and develop a deeper understanding of Filipino Americans. This is a family-friendly event and will include a children’s pavilion, a main stage with live entertainment, a historical pavilion, and cuisine and craft vendors.
Learn More: https://lbfilipinofest.com/
Ride of Silence Long Beach
Saturday, May 19 | 4:00pm
3000 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach 90808 | Jax Bicycle Center
The Ride of Silence is a yearly international bicycle ride to commemorate cyclists killed or injured while riding on public roads. This is a family-friendly five-mile ride, which mostly occurs on bike lanes with no hills. There is a free bike safety check starting at 4 p.m. and the ride begins at 5 p.m. Things to bring: helmet, water and snacks, bike lights and spare inner tubes.
Learn More: https://jaxbicycles.com/
Long Beach Pride Parade
Sunday, May 20 | 9:30am-1pm
1017 Obispo Ave., Long Beach 90804 | Downtown Long Beach along Ocean Blvd.
Gather along the sidewalks of Ocean Boulevard and prepare for the remarkable 35th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade celebration! Enjoy performances from cheerleaders, bikers, marchers, local businesses and a ton more colorful fun. The Long Beach Pride Festival is inclusive and strives to promote an environment that is free from prejudice and bias.
Learn More: https://www.longbeachpride.com/parade/
Water Safety Challenge
Sunday, May 20 | 11-1pm
3640 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, 90807 | Deep Blue Swim School
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of four. In an effort to spread awareness about the importance of water safety, Deep Blue Swim School has teamed up with the Swim For Life Foundation, Care Ambulance, the Long Beach Lifeguard Association, and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance to host a Water Safety Challenge. At this free event, children will have the opportunity to get in the pool and participate in various water safety exercises with instructors. There will be informational handouts on how to be safe around water and Long Beach lifeguards will also be there to answer questions and give out information.
Long Beach Soul Stories
Sunday, May 20 | 5-8pm
5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach 90804 | Long Beach Playhouse
You are invited to listen to entertaining stories of strength and resilience from Long Beach residents. Through this storytelling event, organizers hope to build a deeper human connection in Long Beach, inspire hope, and build empathy throughout the community. Who doesn’t love a good story?!
Learn More: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-beach-soul-stories-tickets-45067685661
Long Beach Antique and Flea Market
Sunday, May 20 | 5:30am-2pm
4901 E. Conant Street, Long Beach 90808 | Veteran’s Stadium
Antique and vintage finds at (literally) bargain prices. We love this market for its selection and for the feeling we get when we score something amazing for our abode. It spans nearly the entire lot of Vet’s Stadium and draws many interesting characters from trendy vendors to quirky guests in their best vintage attire. We love spending every third Sunday morning cruising the aisles and piles at the Long Beach Flea Market!
Learn More: https://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com/