This Weekend in Long Beach: Events & Things to Do

What's Happening in Long Beach, CA This October?

Here are our top picks for weekend events and activities in Long Beach this month. Enjoy!

Southeast Asia Day

When: October 1

The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate its eighteenth annual Southeast Asia Day.

The festival’s program will highlight the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia. Guests can enjoy music, dance, and cultural craft demonstrations.

Long Beach Symphony Classics - Beethoven's 5th

When: October 1

Music Director Eckart Preu and the Long Beach Symphony launch the 2022-2023 season with a trio of beloved classical masterworks. Opening the concert is Sergei Prokofiev’s ebullient Classical Symphony, among the composer’s most popular works. Next, Concertmaster Roger Wilkie steps into the spotlight in Mendelssohn’s passionate Violin Concerto. The program concludes with the world’s most famous symphony, which may make you jump from your seat as it opens with perhaps the most iconic phrase in the classical repertoire: the majestic “bum bum bum BUM” of Ludwig van Beethoven’s richly triumphant Symphony No.5.

Long Beach Symphony x RuMBa Foundation: Symphony Under the Sea

When: October 2

Long Beach Symphony is proud to present The RuMBa Foundation Family Concert Symphony Under the Sea, Featuring crafts and activities, sing-alongs to Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spongebob Squarepants, and music by Gershwin, Tchaikovsky and MORE!

CHILDREN GET IN FREE! (17 and under). Adult tickets, $20 each.

Long Beach Marathon

When: October 8-9

Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, Bike Tour, or Aquarium of the Pacific 5K distances at the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon. Race weekend takes place October 8-9th weekend with perfect Southern California weather and fast and flat courses.

Long Beach Camerata Singers - Peace Project VI: Community

When: October 9

The theme of Peace Project IV is “Community.” As we continue to maneuver through our complex world, @lbcamerata will begin their season with an examination of how we co-exist together, with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ family. This concert will be anchored by excerpts from “Considering Matthew Shepard,” as well as other pieces that reflect both the pain and joy of acceptance and homecoming in our diverse community.

Damn Yankees

When: October 14-30

Middle-aged baseball fan Joe Boyd, trades his soul for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind. Irreverent and devilishly clever, Damn Yankees is a home-run hit.

The Long Beach Antique Flea Market

When: October 16

Explore endless possibilities with over 800 sellers feature a huge selection of antiques, collectibles, clothing, home decor, re-purposes items and everything chic, cheap, unique & vintage.

Photo Credit: emilyvallely

Lend Me a Tenor

When: October 19-November 6

This two-time Tony-nominated screwball comedy is filled with mayhem, high-jinx and hilarity. When world-famous tenor Tito Morelli arrives for a fundraiser at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, a chain-reaction of mistaken identity and mixed signals spirals out of control, leaving audiences giddy and teary-eyed with laughter.

Creative Communal Makers Market

When: October 22

Family Fun for Everyone!

30+ local makers
Character performance and meet & greets 11:00 am on the grand staircase stage
Live Music 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm on the grand staircase stage
Photo ops
and more…

Long Beach Symphony Pops! - A Tribute to Elton John

When: October 29

This full evening of Sir Elton’s most beloved hits comes to life thrilling audiences across the nation, singing and dancing to the tunes of this Grammy, Tony, and Academy award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend!

Shoreline Village's Zombie Walk

When: October 29

Shoreline Village's annual Long Beach Zombie Walk + Halloween Party returns Saturday, October 29th. Join fellow flesheaters for an all-day, family-friendly festival of live music, contests, makeup/FX artists, trick-or-treating, and of course, an undead march down Rainbow Harbor.

Scarium of the Pacific

When: October 29-30

The Aquarium will celebrate its 23rd annual Scarium of the Pacific, a Halloween event for the whole family featuring costume and coloring contests, a vampire magician, underwater pumpkin carving, creepy critters, and more.

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific