Long Beach Summer Events Series
Long Beach loves an outdoor event that combines food, music, and local flavor, and the summer calendar is just packed with such shindigs. These event series are free or low cost and bring out the best of what our city has to offer when the weather is perfect for getting out and enjoying it all.
LONG BEACH MUNICIPAL BAND
Nothing says summer quite like lounging on a blanket at sundown with a picnic while a big band pumps out a Sousa march. The longest running municipal band in the country, the Long Beach Municipal Band celebrates its 114th season in 2023, providing free concerts in half a dozen park locations around the city throughout the summer. In addition to their crowd-pleasing repertoire of favorites played in the first half of each concert, the band shrinks down to a smaller combo with a star vocalist for a jazzier act after sundown.
MONTHLY NEIGHBORHOOD FAIRS
In Long Beach, we’ve got First Fridays, Fourth Fridays, and Second Saturdays, so your calendar is going to need some color coding. First Fridays in Bixby Knolls centers around the Expo Art Center and stretches along Atlantic Avenue, with live music, food, and special deals and activities at businesses along the route. On Fourth Fridays, vendors, artists, and musicians line 4th Street’s Retro Row, from Temple to Hermosa Avenue. Downtown Long Beach hosts the year round Long Beach Art Walk on Second Saturdays, featuring food and drink, artists from local galleries, and live performances.
TASTE OF DOWNTOWN
Taste of Downtown is an annual event series hosted by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance showcasing the city’s diverse community of chefs, brewers, and mixologists accompanied by live bands and DJs. Upcoming dates include June 7 and 8 at Pine and Promenade and August 9 and 10 on the Waterfront. Admission is free, but be sure to purchase tasting tickets (20 tickets for $20) to sample the event’s culinary delights. Pro tip: If you have any leftover tickets in June, use them at the next Taste event in August.