Things to do in Long Beach this weekend, including… Oktoberfest and festivals galore • the Hi-lo
It’s festival season in Long Beach this weekend. Not by an official term, but simply by the group of them performing this weekend. There is a film festival. Then Oktoberfest. And a festival just for children. Not to mention a new festival that delves into the idea of music, holistic healing and community – plus there will be fire belly dancers, which in itself sounds like a great time.
CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL (Wednesday and Thursday)
Check out the opening days of the 12th Annual Catalina Film Festival in Long Beach on Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 and 22 at the Scottish Rite Event Center.
The films you can see while the festival is on the mainland feature a range of shorts, including the fan-favorite Wes Craven category of horror and thriller shorts, which is something unique to the festival because the CFF has the only official Wes Craven-sanctioned horror award category. , with winners selected by the Craven family. The title of the feature on screen Wednesday is “Malibu Horror Story,” about a team of paranormal investigators who search a sacred Native American cave for clues to the unsolved disappearance of four Malibu teenagers.
Thursday’s movies feature more variety, with comedy, drama and coming-of-age shorts. The title of Thursday’s feature is “Sober,” a psychological thriller about a young adult who struggles to rein in his drug addiction after his former high school teacher challenges him to stay sober. There are also two panel discussions attendees can attend on Thursday, including “The Craft of Acting” panel discussion featuring industry professionals who have worked on films and TV shows such as “This is Us”, “Stranger Things” and “Glee”.
Tickets for the Long Beach event are $75 for a single pass and $125 for a two-day pass. Those who just want access to movie screenings can purchase tickets for $25, which allows the public access to all of the day’s movie screenings. The rest of the Catalina Film Festival continues on the island from September 23-25. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The Scottish Rite Event Center is located at 855 Elm Ave.
MR. FRIES MAN LUNCH & DINNER FOR A CAUSE (Thursday)
Mr. Fries Man is teaming up with Project Optimism, a nonprofit that serves Long Beach youth on Thursday, Sept. 22, for a day of music, fun, and, as you’d expect, heaps of fries.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the North Long Beach company will host a family event with live music, games and other activities, including the “Fries Challenge,” which invites the brave to devour as many fries as their stomachs can handle it. . If it’s anything like the “Mr. Fries Man Frybox Challenge”, you have your work cut out.
Mr. Fries Man will donate a portion of his proceeds on Thursday to Project Optimism. The company will also be offering a 10% discount to educators, students and first responders that day. The event is free (the food is not).
Mr. Fries Man is at 1009 E. Artesia Blvd.
LONG BEACH OKTOBERFEST (Friday to Sunday)
The second annual Long Beach Oktoberfest returns to the Scottish Rite Event Center from September 23 on Fridays and weekends until October 9.
Attendees can expect all the classic elements of Oktoberfest celebrations – authentic German beer, bites and polka music – but patrons can also sample local beers and food, with vegan dishes also available for the eater. herbal.
Entertainment this year will again be the crowd-pleasing Festmeister Hans und Die Sauerkrauts, performing a mix of traditional and modern melodies with songs, wacky games and more. Dressing in Lederhosen or Dirndl is strongly encouraged but not required.
General admission tickets are $20 for adults 21 and older. VIP tickets are $125 and include parking, a guaranteed seat in the front rows near the stage, an official Long Beach Oktoberfest mug, a plate of food, and 5 drink tickets for any beer or wine. Tickets for under 21s are available Saturday and Sunday only for $20. Youth 14 or younger can enter for free.
Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
The Scottish Rite Event Center is located at 855 Elm Ave.
LONG BEACH YOUTH FESTIVAL (Saturday)
Lincoln Park will be the place to bring the kids on Saturday, September 24 for the Long Beach Youth Festival.
The afternoon event is free and open to the public with a fair for interactive resources and activities, art, music, sports, local entertainment and therapy sessions with dogs.
The event will offer free food and merchandise and raffle opportunities with prizes. Attendees can also expect performances from local dance groups, artists and poets.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Park. Free parking will be available in the parking structure at 332 W. Broadway. Click here for more information.
Lincoln Park is adjacent to the Billie Jean King Library at 200 W. Broadway.
GEMS AND MINERALS SHOW (Saturday & Sunday)
The Long Beach Mineral and Gem Society, a non-profit organization committed to spreading knowledge about geology and the art of lapidary (cutting stones and jewelry making), is hosting a free two-day exhibit and market at the Signal Hill Library Saturday and Sunday, September 1. 24-25.
Over 25 vendors will sell jewelry, gemstones, crystals, Australian opals, fossils, metaphysical gifts and more. There will also be free activities for children such as “adopt a pet rock” and dig gems in the sand. Those who wish to join the LBMGS can register on site, the club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Senior Center.
For more information, visit the LBMGS Facebook page, here.
The Signal Hill Library is located at 1800 E. Hill St.
SOUND IS THE FESTIVAL OF MEDICINE (Saturday & Sunday)
Several holistic healing and wellness organizations in Long Beach are teaming up to present the Sound is the Medicine Festival, a two-day event Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 at Under the Sun featuring music, dancing and wellness offerings such as sound baths, guided meditations and intention-setting workshops.
Both days feature music all day and all night, but Saturday festivities include the “Unity Dance Festival” on the upper floors of the Under the Sun restaurant. Among its offerings will be a movement meditation class, a Capoeria dance class with Community Capoeria LBC, a “Free Your Mind Dance Challenge,” and more. Later that day there will be a fire belly dance performance by Sirena Serpentina Tribal Fire Bellydance.
All weekend attendees can experience a small market with products from local artists, selling plants, eco-friendly products and other handicrafts. There will also be opportunities for henna tattoos, reiki healing and other meditation workshops.
To see what the festival has to offer as well as the musical lineup, click here. Tickets range from $44 to $77 for day or weekend passes, click here to purchase. There are also tickets for $33 for the “Unity Dance Festival”, which will also include access to the rest of the Sound is the Medicine Festival on Saturdays only, click here.
Under the sun is at 244 E. Third Street.