Summer Festivals in Long Beach

Long Beach is blessed not only with miles of sandy beaches and terrific weather, but an annual lineup of summer festivals–from May to September–celebrating culture, community, music and, oh yeah, fun! Check out these events and start plans for a festive summer in the city.


Free, open to the public, LB Proud! Fest (May 19-21) gets started Friday, May 19, with Eat. Play. Shop. an activation of Long Beach’s beloved “Gayborhood” located along Broadway between Junipero Avenue and Orange Street. Local businesses will keep special hours and offer special promotions, while music and drag performers keep everything fun from 5 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, at Bixby Park, music takes over the festival on three stages with the likes of Lupe Fuentes, Tolliver and performers from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Dragula. Also Saturday will be a queer bicycle parade on Broadway. On Sunday, the Big Gay Beach Takeover, featuring Djs and food trucks, takes place at the Rainbow Lifeguard Tower at Ocean Boulevard and 11th Place.



This daylong celebration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. has quickly become one of the most popular events of the year–thousands attended in 2022. Held Saturday, June 15, 2024, at Rainbow Lagoon (400 E. Shoreline Dr.), its mainstage will be headlined by DJ Pee Wee aka Anderson Paak and feature an array of musical and dance acts, poetry readings, step show and activities specifically designed for kids as well as plenty of food trucks offering a wide variety of cuisines. For more information or tickets, click here.



This 41st edition of Long Beach Pride (May 18-19, 2024) highlights how wide-ranging the celebration has become. The annual Pride parade (May 19) is one of the most attended events in the city, featuring colorful floats, marching bands, community groups, all cheered by thousands of spectators. There is also Teen Pride, featuring live DJs, performances and dancing geared towards LGBTQ+ teens.And, yes, there will be lots of music, dancing and other fun activities, drag performances, games and giveaways as well as lots to eat and drink and more than 150 arts/crafts vendors.


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