Affordable Summer Fun in Long Beach

Summer in Long Beach is packed with lots of low-cost or free activities for the whole family. From concerts and outdoor movies to relaxing at the beach or park, you can plan a special outing every week with plenty of summer magic, all without breaking the bank.


Moonlight Movies on the Beach, produced by Alfredo’s Beach Club, hosts screenings at Granada Beach in Belmont Shore as well as both Long Beach City College campuses with food trucks and a kettle corn vendor. The PCH Movies and Moonlight series at the 2nd & PCH shopping center (6400 Pacific Coast Hwy.) features sunset screenings along with free airbrush tattoos and churros for sale. Movies in the Park, put on by the Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department, shows movies in parks throughout the city all summer with free popcorn.

Credit: Richard Grant


The Long Beach Municipal Band is celebrating its 114th year and will be spreading musical cheer throughout the city with a series of free summer concerts. Catch the band at a park near you this summer playing tunes from famous movie themes to Sousa marches. There are also free live music events at 2ND & PCH, Shoreline Village, and other locations throughout the city. Read about dates and locations in our round up.


Looking for a calm spot with little to no waves? Check out Mother’s Beach (5839 Appian Way) and Colorado Lagoon (5119 E Colorado St), which also feature playgrounds if the kids need a break from the water. Junipero Beach is also an ideal spot for a family beach day. It has a large playground located next to Saltwater Deck (2630 E Ocean Blvd), which serves breakfast and lunch. Bigger kids will enjoy the inflatable playgrounds in the water at Alamitos Beach and Bayshore Ave. Known as Wibits, these aquatic play structures are available every day for free until September 4.


Long Beach is home to an award-winning park system, with relaxing green spaces and updated playgrounds for kids spread throughout the city. El Dorado East Regional Park (7550 E Spring St.) offers bicycle rentals, fishing ponds, and El Dorado Frontier, a small amusement park with a carousel and train ride. Dinosaur lovers should check out the recently remodeled playground at Recreation Park (4900 E 7th St), where you can climb on a T. Rex and look for fossils in the Dino Excavation Zone digging area.

Credit: City of Long Beach
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