Summer-lovers looking to take advantage of Southern California’s sunniest season are met with a vibrant and eclectic city that boasts endless activities, delicious eats and picture-perfect waterfront views.
While visitors can expect sunny days and lots to see, do and eat year-round in Long Beach, with the summer just kicking off, this time of the year is an especially lively time to experience the city. From movies on the beach to concerts in the park, summer in Long Beach is all about enjoying the sunshine, warm weather and beachfront vibes. Beyond sunbathing on the 5.5 miles of sandy beach, here are 8 ways to enjoy a sunny summer in Long Beach.
1. Enjoy Moonlight Movies on the Beach with the family
Who needs a movie theater when you can watch movies on the beach? Perfect for date nights, family time or just hanging out with friends – these movie nights are held at Alfredo’s Beach Club every weekend and are free to attend! Movies include newer releases and loved favorites like Coco, Aquaman and the Little Mermaid.
2. Get a Taste of Downtown and eat your way through the city’s most notable restaurants
No trip to Long Beach is complete without getting a taste of the city’s bustling culinary scene! This summer, DTLB’s favorite restaurants are coming together in one place to offer patrons sample-sized portions of some of their most loved dishes. Downtown Long Beach is a foodie hot spot this summer with this ongoing event, taking place Aug 28-29. Some of the restaurants include Beachwood BBQ, Parker’s Lighthouse, Pie Bar and so many more!
3. Explore the Long Beach art scene at POW! WOW! Long Beach 2019
Every summer, the walls of Long Beach are transformed into a street-art paradise in an internationally recognized, week-long, city-wide event called POW! WOW! Taking place this year in Long Beach from July 21-28, POW! WOW! brings the work of famous muralists from all over the world together in a colorful revitalization of the city’s urban landscapes. Visitors can enjoy seeing the artists at work during the week-long event, or enjoy taking fun and captivating photos with the murals all summer long. (Tip: check out our Instagram Guide to POW! WOW! for inspiration.)
4. Stroll & Savor your way through over 40 local restaurants
Long Beach’s Belmont Shore, or “The Shore” as it’s known by locals, is home to dozens of local and family owned restaurants that feature cuisines from all over the world. The best way to get a taste of them is by taking a stroll through 2nd street, savoring popular dishes from around the globe and listening to talented local musicians as you taste your way through the area with your family, friends and pups (you can even get treats for your dogs at Sweet Jill’s)! This year, this popular event takes place on Wednesday, July 17 to Thursday, July 18, and Wednesday, August 21 to Thursday, August 22.
5. Jam out to the outdoor concerts at Long Beach’s Summer Concert Series
There’s nothing like outdoor music on a summer day, and this summer in Long Beach, visitors can join the community for Long Beach’s annual Summer Concert Series! Every weekend throughout the summer, visitors can enjoy a free outdoor summer concert from bands that perform jazz, blues, and more! Click the link to find a concert happening on the weekend of your visit, here. In addition to the free outdoor Summer Concert Series, visitors can also enjoy some of the nation’s top music festivals all summer in Long Beach, with headliners like Snoop Dogg and Ozuna. Find upcoming shows at Queen Mary Park here.
6. Go on the lookout for whales on a Long Beach Harbor Cruise
Did you know that Long Beach is one of the few places in the world where you’re almost guaranteed to see an orca or grey whale at any point year-round? In the summer, you’re even likely to encounter majestic blue whales along the coast!
7. Sail through European-inspired canals with Gondola Getaway
Venice or Long Beach? That’s what you’ll be asking yourself when you take a relaxing cruise around the Naples canals. Sit back, sip on a cool beverage and let the gondoliers row you and your friends back in time on this scenic boat-ride through one of Long Beach’s most picturesque areas. Established in 1982, the Gondola Getaway Company was the first to offer Venetian-style gondola cruises in the United States. For an extra special experience, be sure to catch a gondola ride during one of Long Beach's famous cotton candy sunsets.
8. Surfs up - in the sky, that is! Kite board and kite surf with SoCal Kite Surfing
Whether you’re a novice or a pro, kite-boarding and kite surfing are undoubtedly some of the best ways be on the water and satisfy your craving for adventure. Due to the calm currents of the Alamitos Bay, Long Beach is the only place in Southern California where you can get kite surfing lessons! SoCal Kite Surfing offers a wide selection of kite-surfing and kite-boarding for thrill-seekers who love being on the water!
Ready for a sun-soaked summer in the LBC? With so much to see, do, eat and explore – what’s your favorite summer activity? Follow us on Instagram at @visitLB for more inspiration on how to enjoy the best time of the year in Long Beach!