Things to do in Long Beach: film festival, pie-making contest, live music and movies on the beach

With the 4th of July past and the Pride Parade still on our minds, this week has some big shoes to fill. But even without pyrotechnics and a huge rainbow parade, there’s still plenty to do in Long Beach — after all, it’s a big place.

Mid-July has a lot to offer, especially with summer in full swing: The Goonies and Space Jam 2 movie screenings, local musical performances, and a film festival hosted by the Long Beach Opera. Talk high level, we hope you like the subtitles!

If nothing here piques your interest, there is always the beach. Try out Long Beach’s new floating play structure off Alamitos Beach. Don’t forget the sunscreen, summer UV is brutal, as our editor Emma DiMaggio found out last weekend when she got burned.

Saturday July 16

“Son of Sam and Delilah,” a short film by Charles Atlas about two drag queens in New York, will be screened on Saturday, July 16. It’s one of many films that will premiere at the Long Beach Opera Film Festival on Saturday, July 16. July 16 and Sunday July 17. (Screenshot courtesy of Long Beach Opera)

Long Beach Opera Film Festival: Noon to midnight. The Long Beach Opera’s inaugural film festival returns this year to the Art Theater Long Beach (2025 E 4th St.). Screenings include: “Dorian Gray in the Mirror of the Yellow Press”, 1984, with German subtitles 12-2:30 p.m. “Eika Katappa” 1969, 2:50-5:10 p.m. “Oh My Homeland” (2019) 5:30-6:45 p.m. Salome” (1976), time unknown, with original live score performed by Dorian Wood. World premiere “Pasiphae” (2021) from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. with a live performance by Ron Athey, Xiu Xiu and Anna Schubert. Premiere of “Son of Sam and Delilah” and “The Pow’r of Life is Love” and surprise film with live performance 8:45-10:15 p.m. “Space is the Place”, 1974, from 10:30-11 p.m. 50 Tickets available at ($45)

‘Space Jam 2’ at Signal Hill Park: 6:30 p.m. A screening of Space Jam 2 (Rated PG) will take place at Signal Hill Park (2175 Cherry Ave.) as part of their summer series Movies in the Park. Enjoy a bouncy house and free popcorn. Sponsored by the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Sea, Signal Hill Petroleum and Partners of Parks. Free.

“The Goonies” at Pike Outlets: 7:00 p.m. A screening of “The Goonies” will take place at Pike Outlets. Movie-themed selfies will begin at 7 p.m. The film will be screened at 8 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets. Free.

Sunday July 17

A young girl has a butterfly painted on her arm by Karen Nagy (@karens_facepainting on Instagram) at the Local Hearts Foundation backpack giveaway on Aug. 14, 2021. (Richard H. Grant | Signal Tribune)

Family Fun Festival at 2ND & PCH: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. In collaboration with Creative Communal, 2ND & PCH (6400 Pacific Coast Hwy) will host a Family Fun Festival featuring 35 local creators, face painting by Karen’s Face Painting, children’s activities and live music. Free.

Long Beach Opera Film Festival: 2-5 p.m. The Inaugural Long Beach Opera Film Festival takes place at the Art Theater Long Beach (2025 E 4th St.). The shorts will be screened from 2 to 2:45 p.m. “Gallant Indies,” 2021, in French with English subtitles, from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets available at ($45)

tuesday july 19

Bandleader Kurt Curtis conducts the 112th season of the Long Beach Municipal Band Concert Series at El Dorado Park on August 27, 2021. Nicole Kubis was the guest vocalist. (Image courtesy of Kurt Curtis | Long Beach Municipal Group)

Long Beach Municipal Band: 6:30 p.m. The Long Beach Municipal Band will perform at Bluff Park (2500 E. Ocean Blvd.). The theme of the week is “Let’s Dance”. Fan favorite Tony Galla returns with the studio band as their featured jazz artist. Free.

Workshop on the monarch butterfly in paper and screening of documentaries: 2-3 p.m. The Bach Neighborhood branch of the Long Beach Public Library (4055 N Bellflower Blvd) will host a community screening of the PBS documentary “My Garden of a Thousand Bees,” which follows a wildlife filmmaker during the early lockdown of the coronavirus pandemic as he begins to notice the intricate and intricate life of the bees in his garden. This film screening is part of the #plantwildflowers initiative and attendees will take home a packet of Southwest Mix seeds to encourage backyard pollinators. After the film, participants will learn how to make an articulated paper butterfly thanks to the educational team of the Museum of Latin American Art. Free.

Moonlight movies at the beach: 8 p.m. Attend a screening of “Dirty Dancing” at Granada Beach. The event will feature pre-show entertainment from local bands. The event is part of the summer-long Moonlight Movies at the Beach series. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Food trucks will be present. Film screenings are family and pet friendly. The event is sponsored by Long Beach Transit. Free.

Wednesday July 20

Signal Hill Park will host Signal Hill’s weekly Concerts in the Park series beginning in July 2022. (Emma DiMaggio | Signal Tribune)

Long Beach Municipal Band: 6:30 p.m. The Municipal Band of Long Beach will perform at Los Cerritos Park (3750 Del Mar Ave.). The theme of the week is “Let’s Dance”. Fan favorite Tony Galla returns with the studio band as their featured jazz artist. Free.

Signal Hill Summer Concert Series: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Listen to the tunes of ’80s cover band Knyght Ryder at Signal Hill Park (2175 Cherry Ave). Bring your own picnic style chairs, blankets and dinners. The concert is part of the Signal Hill Summer Concert Series. Free.

Wrigley Pie Making Contest: 7 p.m. Residents are invited to hone their baking skills at a baking contest in the front yard of Wrigley resident Bill White (2490 Maine Ave). Residents can enter a pie to judge, although they are welcome to bring more. Everyone can judge the competition and spoons will be provided. Free.

Thursday July 21

The Long Beach Playhouse on Anaheim Street. (Signal Tribune file photo)

Preview of “The Cripple of Inishmaan”: The Long Beach Playhouse (5021 E. Anaheim St.) will celebrate the opening night of their performance of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” on July 23. But on Thursday, July 21, community members are invited to preview the coin at a discounted price. the price. The “pay what you can” model allows residents to pay what they can afford to see the play. The play follows Inishmaan, a small rocky island off the coast of Ireland whose inhabitants are “painfully impoverished” farmers and fishermen. Bring a mask, proof of vaccination and remember that the Studio Theater is on the second floor and is only accessible by stairs. Tickets available on or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1. Regular tickets cost between $14 and $24. Price range.

Long Beach Municipal Band: 6:30 p.m. The Long Beach Municipal Band will perform at Marine Stadium (255 E. Paoli Way). The theme of the week is “Let’s Dance”. Fan favorite Tony Galla returns with the studio band as their featured jazz artist. Free.

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