Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. And don’t complain that there isn’t anything to do. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine alone is offering more than 500 classes. You can watch 28 movies, and see more than 50 concerts, most of them for FREE. A listing of everything would take up this entire magazine, but The Edge is highlighting only a few of the things you can do this summer.
Moonlight movies on the beach – Alfredo Khammar has been showing movies at his location at Granada Beach for about 16 years and some of the movies have drawn more than 10,000 people so that means you better get to the beach at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Granada Avenue way before the 8 p.m. start or use the discount code for Uber and Lyft that he will have for this event or use public transit. Here’s the list of summer movies:
June 21 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
June 28 – Pretty in Pink
July 5 – Goonies
July 12 – Jaws
July 19 – Finding Nemo
July 26 – Sandlot
Aug. 2 – Princess Bride
Aug. 9 – Zootopia
Aug 16. Toy Story
Aug. 23 – Inside Out
Aug. 30 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
And more movies – Alfredo’s isn’t the only location in the city showing movies this summer. Lola’s Outdoor Retro Cinema will be showing eight movies in an interesting location: a cemetary. The films will screen at Sunnyside Cemetery, 1095 E. Willow St. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door with $1 for each ticket being donated to the cemetery. For more information on shows and times, go to thefridainema.org.
But wait, there’s more movies–Movies in the park is organized by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and sponsored by Signal Hill Petroleum in cooperation with Partners of Parks. The free movies will screen in parks throughout the city. Also, Shoreline Symphonic Winds will play live before the park movies on selected dates. Concerts begin at 7 and movies around 8 o’clock. For more information, go to lbparks.org.
Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier – Costumed pirates and mermaids, yes, mermaids, will take over Belmont Pier on June 25 and 26 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the 25th and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 26th.
Long Beach Sand Sculpture Art and Music Festival – It’s going on its 84th year! Granada Beach is the place to be to see seven professional sand sculptures and for you to try your hand at sand sculpturing. To register, visit www.lbsandcastle.com
Strike up the band – For the 107th year, the Long Beach Municipal Band, the oldest municipally-sponsored band west of the Mississippi, will play for six weeks this summer and add a new venue – Drake Park. This year’s schedule begins June 28 and goes through Aug. 5 with concerts Tuesdays through Friday. On Tuesdays, the band will play its first two weeks at Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton St; on July 12-16, Bluff Park, at Ocean Avenue and Junipero Avenue will be the band’s location. Finally on Aug. 2, the band will play at Drake Park, 951 Marine Ave. Otherwise, Wednesday concerts are at Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave.; Thursdays at Marine Stadium, 5255 Paoli Way; and Friday at El Dorado Park West, at the intersection of Willow Street and Studebaker Road.
Much more music – There is music everywhere in Long Beach this summer. For example, Rancho Los Cerritos will have free concerts at its location, 4600 Virginia Rd, on June 26 and July 24. Concerts start at 5:30 p.m. Go to rancholoscerritos.org for more information. You can also find concerts at El Dorado Park West (562.570.5555 for more information), El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St. ($3 donation), Concerts at The Beach (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information), Museum of Latin American Art at 628 Alamitos Ave. will have a summer series with the theme En La Noche from June through August. Reservations are required (562.437.1689 or www.molaa.org).
Go see a play – The Go Fame Youth Theatre Company is presenting “Bye Bye Birdie” on July 9-10 and July 16-17 at the University Theater on the Cal State Long Beach campus. Order tickets online at www.GO-FAME.org or call 562.884.7077
World-class volleyball – The ASICS World Series of Volleyball returns to Long Beach Aug. 23-28. Olympic gold medalist Kerry Walsh Jennings says that outside the Olympics “this is the biggest event in the world.” How’s that for an endorsement? For more information, visit www.WSOBV.com
You haven’t been to the Aquarium? – The Horses and Dragons exhibit is replacing the sea jellies touch tank. It features a dozen species of seahorses and seadragons. The exhibit will be at the aquarium until March 31. Also debuting is the vanishing animals exhibit where threatened species will be on display. If that isn’t enough to get you over to 100 Aquarium Way, then how about:
The Pacific Islander Festival on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
World Ocean Day on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Long Beach Chorale Summer Concert on June 10 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Blue Whale Gala on June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
July 4 Late Night and BBQ from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
To buy tickets and for more information, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org
And don’t forget –The Romanian World Championship of Performing Arts Showcase, July 9 at the Homeland Cultural Center.
The Uptown Latin Jazz Festival on June 11
The 68th Catalina ski race on July 16
Dragon Boat Festival on July 30-31
Long Beach Jazz Festival on Aug. 12-14
Long Beach Triathlon Aug. 16
For information on all these events and more go to the 100 Days website at 100daysofsummer.org.