Activities for Socializing in Long Beach

Don’t you wish you could go where everybody knows your name? Here are some of the recurring events and activities happening around Long Beach where you can meet new people, make friends, and build community.


If you’ve always wanted to make your own pasta or create a menu in a new-to-you cuisine, sign up for cooking classes with Locali Seasoned at Partake Collective (456 Elm Ave). During their collaborative cooking classes, you’ll learn from an expert chef, then share what you’ve made in a big group dinner party. Recent offerings have included classes on authentic Nigerian food, sushi-making, and how to cook the perfect steak. Visit the Locali Seasoned website to learn about upcoming classes.



Our local breweries offer much more than just a great spot to taste craft beers. Beachwood Brewing, with locations in Bixby Knolls (3630 Atlantic Ave) and Downtown Long Beach (247 Long Beach Blvd), offers regular comedy nights, live music, and more. Amp up your arcade skills and join the Pinball Wizards IFPA pinball league that meets biweekly in the Bixby Knolls taproom. At Ficklewood Ciderworks (720 E Broadway) you can join their monthly book or crafting club, pinball league, or Mario Kart tournament, and even take mahjong lessons, all while sipping on their excellent dry hard ciders.



The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden (Earl Warren Dr) on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, is one of the city’s most beautiful places to take a stroll. It’s also a wonderful place to enjoy activities like Zen Yoga offered each Wednesday and Friday at 12 noon, or try a healing sound bath with Reiki Master Alana Weinberg. The garden’s Art Days held monthly on every third Thursday offer the chance to create artwork with various media, like Japanese calligraphy and paper marbling.

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