This weekend we’ve found events to enjoy outside, from a walking tour of the city’s architecture to an evening bike ride downtown. There is also some seasonal shopping as well as a workshop teaching how to make a festive pumpkin display.
FIRST FRIDAY (Friday)
On the first Friday of every month, the Bixby Knolls business community opens its doors for a block party-style celebration of local businesses with food, art, music and entertainment. .
Along Atlantic Avenue, between Bixby Road and San Antonio Drive, visitors can walk down the street to check out live music, art exhibits, pop-ups, and various activities.
This month, in celebration of the arts, visitors can try salsa dancing, a zine workshop, live art demonstrations, face painting and spin art crafts for kids.
First Fridays is Friday, October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and admission is free. Click here for more information.
MOVIES AT THE MUSEUM (Saturday)
The Long Beach Museum of Art is showing a free screening of the film “The Cool School” on Saturday, October 8th at the museum on the downtown waterfront.
The 2008 art documentary follows the rise of the contemporary art scene in Los Angeles in the late 1950s and early ’60s, focusing primarily on Ferus Gallery and its founders Walter Hopps and Ed Kienholz. Directed by Morgan Neville, the film received critical acclaim, with a solid 92% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Following the hour-and-a-half film, Associate Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Paul Loya, will discuss this film’s context in today’s contemporary art world. Participation in the demonstration is free of charge, but registration is required. Click here for more information.
The Long Beach Museum of Art is located at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.
ART, MUSIC AND CULTURE ART EXHIBITION (Saturday)
A new art exhibition concept that launched in Cambodia Town last month returns for the month of October, showcasing the creative works of over 16 local artists.
Participants can view or purchase local art such as drawings, paintings, mixed media and photography, and enjoy coffee and Guatemalan food at Café Chapin, where the exhibition is located.
Opening night on Saturday October 8th will also feature music by DJ Ferri Boy. Participation in the event is free. Click here for more information.
Cafe Chapin is at 1436A Cherry Ave.
EAST VILLAGE ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR (Saturday)
Downtown East Village, with its many shops, restaurants, and cafes in general, is a nice place to visit. But those who want to learn about the area from a historical perspective can enjoy this docent-led walking tour of the area’s architecture.
The 2-hour tour delves into changing architectural styles of the early 20th century, exploring Victorian cottages, the fabled Royal Hotel, the Lafayette Complex, the Broadlind Hotel, the Cooper Arms Building and more.
The tour is $10 for adults. Children up to 12 years can participate for free. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
The meeting point is near the intersection of Linden Ave and Ocean Boulevard at the Linden Avenue entrance to the Cooper Arms Condominiums.
JUICY PUMPKIN WORKSHOP (Sunday)
The Better Half Boutique is hosting a Succulent Pumpkin Workshop on Sunday, October 9th, where guests will learn how to plant a selection of succulents inside a hollow pumpkin to create a decorative Christmas display.
Tickets range from $35 to $55 depending on the size of the pumpkin. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Better Half Boutique is located on Atlantic Ave. 3803
MOONLIGHT MASH (Sunday)
Every month when there is a full moon, cyclists organized as the Moonlight Mash meet for an evening bike ride downtown.
What awaits you at Moonlight Mash? A safe, coordinated group ride that’s more or less like a fancy dress party on wheels. This month’s ride is Halloween-themed, so dress up to hit the streets in your spookiest form.
Participation in Moonlight Mash is free. Just show up at Pedal Movement by 7:30pm. Roll out is at 8pm. Click here for more information.
Pedal action is at 223 E. First St.
THE FALL CRAFTERS GATHERING (Sunday)
On Sunday 9th October the weekly Arts & Crafts Marketplace will present its Fall Crafters Gathering featuring over 30 vendors selling handmade goods and now with a new selection of Fall themed goods.
Shoppers can expect to find items such as jewelry, soaps, clothing, home decor, and more. The event also features free games and crafts for children and live tunes by local musician Indreamspirit.
Participation in the marketplace is free of charge. Click here for more information.
The Fall Crafters Gathering will be held at 6475 Pacific Coast Highway.