Annual Music Festivals in Long Beach

Long Beach has a rich musical heritage, one that’s added to every summer through a wide array of music festivals. These single and multi-day events not only offer a wide selection of music–jazz, pop, house, country–but food, wellness and community. Listen up!

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Cali Vibes Festival

February 16-18, 2024

The Cali Vibes Festival will return to Long Beach for the fourth year, set for February 16-18, 2024 at Marina Green Park. The lineup celebrates artists from Southern California, particularly Long Beach (Sublime with Rome is slated to perform the 40oz. to Freedom album). Headliners include Gwen Stefani, Ice Cube, Wiz Khalifa, and The Roots, and over the course of the three-day festival, attendees will have the chance to chill out to reggae, funk, and hip-hop acts on three stages.

LONG BEACH PRIDE

May 18-19, 2024

Music is central to Long Beach Pride (May 18-19, 2024), attracting a star-studded roster of major musical talent over the years including Dreamgirls (Jennifer Holliday and Jennifer Hudson) and disco icons (The Village People, KC and the Sunshine Band), as well as musicians representing a wide swath of styles: Bangles to Queen Latifah to Gloria Trevi. Performing on multiple stages at Marina Green Park (386 E. Shoreline Dr.), this year’s lineup has yet to be announced, but will represent an eclectic mix, from pop to hip hop, country to Tejano.

LONG BEACH JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION

June 15, 2024

Long Beach Juneteenth Celebration founder Carl Kemp said he wants this event, held in June at Rainbow Lagoon Park (400 E. Shoreline Dr.), to be about “joyfully celebrating Black culture.” That celebration once again will be provided by multiple entertainers and performers, headlined by platinum selling artist Kelly Price. Also performing will be the Greater Los Angeles Cathedral Choir, which has performed alongside Peabo Bryson, Stephanie Mills and Jon Secada. There will be DJs and a Black Greek step show featuring local fraternities and sororities.

DAY TRIP

June 22-23, 2024

This festival is all about House music. Created in 2018, Day Trip (June 22-23, 2024) will be held at Queen Mary Waterfront (1126 Queens Hwy.), adjacent to the Queen Mary itself. Featuring fresh ocean air, sun-soaked vibes and more than 30 DJs on its High Tide and Deep End stages, a lineup that offers the likes of Dombresky, Blond:ish, CID and Archie Hamilton. Day Trip attracts a fun, 21+ crowd that comes to dance, sing and sip on specialty cocktails.

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LOVE LONG BEACH

July 20-21, 2024

Featuring more than 50 DJs and live musicians performing on multiple stages, Love Long Beach (dates TBA), which takes place at Shoreline Aquatic Park (200 Aquarium Way), is a festival aimed at the whole person. Beyond musical talent, the weekend encompasses a diverse experience that also offers yoga, meditation, sound healing as well as arts and crafts at the Healing Arts Village & Sanctuary. There’s also food trucks, vendors and fully stocked bars.

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LONG BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL

August 9-11, 2024

In its 34th year, the Long Beach Jazz Festival (August 9-11, 2024) is the only jazz fest held in a waterfront setting. Taking place at Rainbow Lagoon Park (Shoreline Dr. and Linden Ave.), there will be great food, drink and art to enjoy while listening to acclaimed performers like Will Downing, Najee, Jakiem Joyner and Jessy J. The festival will again put an emphasis on wellness with its Health and Wellness Pavilion featuring inspirational and expert speakers, treatment areas, vendors and healthy food sampling stations.

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COASTAL COUNTRY JAM

September 21-22, 2024

Coastal Country Jam (September 21-22, 2024) features an impressive list of top country talent. The two day festival takes place at Marina Green Park (386 E. Shoreline Dr.) offering spectacular views of the Long Beach waterfront as well as the downtown skyline. Not only will artists perform on multiple stages but a 50,000-square–foot space dubbed the Country Club will host line dancing as well as curated craft food and drinks, interactive art installations and a Ferris Wheel!

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