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26th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival

When: Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th from 5pm to 10:30pm

Where: Rainbow Lagoon Park @ 400 Shoreline Village Dr

As one of Southern California’s longest running and eagerly anticipated annual music events, the Long Beach Jazz Festival brings music lovers from around the world – year after year – with its always dynamic blend of sounds and unique coastal venue offering relaxation for every generation. A family affair, party people of all ages enjoy the festival grounds. Also present, various food vendors with mouth-watering multi-cultural onsite prepared delights and desserts satisfy taste as the stages do sound with some of the finest music and top artists for everyone’s listening pleasure.

Movie in the Park: Paranorman 

When: Friday, August 9th from 7:30pm to 9pm

Where: Whaley Park @ 5620 Atherton Street

Paranorman: Movie in the ParkMovie in the Park this Friday night!  Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic style dinner, and family and friends. The movies and the popcorn are free! (Movies subject to change)

The 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest 

When: Saturday, August 10th & Sunday, August 11th from 10am to 4pm

Where: Granada Avenue Boat Launch Ramp @ 1 Granada Avenue

Sand SculptureThe 81st Annual Great Sand Sculpture Contest brings together families, community and artists to celebrate in one of the most defining elements of our community: our local beach! Inspired by the event’s theme, “Sculpting Literacy in Your Community” community and professional teams will be challenged to sculpt their story of our great community and inspire promoting literacy in Long Beach.

2nd Saturday Art Walk Arts Fair at East Village Arts District 

When: Saturday, August 10th from 4pm to 10pm

Where: East Village Arts District @ First Street and Linden Ave

Art FairCheck out the public exhibition space for all art forms this Saturday! Independent, folk, grass root artists as well as professional artists. Musicians, dancers, theatre and street performers are encouraged to participate. 2nd Saturday Art Walk Arts Fair secures space for Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Cal. State Long Beach Art Gallery and LBCC Art Gallery to include their exhibits together with smaller grass roots neighborhood organizations.

Kenneth Walker Dance Project presents: Trajectorie 

When: Saturday, August 10th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre @ 6200 E. Atherton Street

TrajectorieKenneth Walker Dance Project presents Trajectorie. The dance “Savage Grace” will make its company premiere.  “Savage Grace” was commissioned by South Bay Ballet and was the closing ballet at the Regional Dance America dance conference when it was performed.  This highly regarded dance is making its way into our rep with the help of the Los Angeles County Arts Council which is supporting the season in part and our company artists and guest performers who are coming to us from companies such as South Bay Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, and Boston Ballet.

Mud Mania: A celebration of Adobe

When: Sunday, August 11th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Where: Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site @ 4600 Virginia Road

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 4.55.54 PMLearn about our local adobe soil and its uses throughout history at one of the muddiest, wackiest events in Southern California! Guests will make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall with mud, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, throw a clay pot, explore archaeology, and even examine critters that live in the soil. There are also plenty of “clean” activities, and live bluegrass music throughout the afternoon. Refreshments for sale.

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