What's good in the LBC: Free concerts, sunsets at LBMA, a rooftop wine tasting and more

Summer is in full swing and the city has a long lineup of everything from free concerts to new shows at the playhouse.

What's good in the LBC: Free concerts, sunsets at LBMA, a rooftop wine tasting and more
A man eats lunch and reads at Whaley Park in East Long Beach Monday, June 24, 2024. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

Long Beach rarely lacks variety and diversity in its event offerings each week.

Want to be creative? Paint and enjoy some wine on the Queen Mary. Want to chow on some chili and listening to music? There’s a chili cook-off and concert in the park coming up. So get out and enjoy this last week of June with someone you love.

Here are some events to start with:

Long Beach Municipal Band concert series (Tuesday, June 25)

The Long Beach Municipal Band is kicking off its 115th season of free concerts around Long Beach starting Tuesday night at Whaley Park. This season’s theme is “Music to My Ears” featuring music from movies, pop and jazz music, and patriotic tunes. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The full schedule of all the shows through August can be found here.

Michael’s on Naples wine tasting event (Wednesday, June 26)

Michael's on Naples will host a rooftop wine tasting event this Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with the restaurant’s general manager and sommelier, Massimo Aronne, and local wine expert Maggie Murphy. The tasting will feature four select Italian wines with curated bites from Chef Eric Samaniego. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations can be made through the restaurant’s website.

Long Beach Walls bike tour (Wednesday, June 26)

If you’ve seeing artists around town working on murals, it’s because the ninth annual Long Beach Walls & Art Renzei Festival has returned. At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Moonlight Mash will lead a community bike tour of the murals being painted this year as well as notable art from previous years. The tour will end at ISM Brewery for a toast. Pedal Movement will provide a bike valet available so riders can enjoy a drink on the Promenade. Follow Moonlight Mash events here.

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Sunsets at Long Beach Museum of Art (Thursday, June 27)

The Long Beach Museum of Art will have another sunset event on Thursday, June 27. Attendees can enjoy an evening of art-making, music, food, drinks and the sunset with extended museum hours until 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $30. Keith Haring’s work is currently being showcased as well as Long Beach’s Community Canvas showcases the artwork of students from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD).

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More events happening:


  • Naples Improvement Association will also have a Concert in the Park series. On Wednesday, guests can wear their Western clothing for a chili cook-off at 5 p.m. and a Hillbilly Crutch performance at 6 p.m. You can find the Naples’ island event calendar here.
  • Every Wednesday Shannon’s Sports Pub hosts a neighborhood night where Long Beach residents can enjoy food, drinks, games and specials. And if you’re looking for a place to watch the UFC fight this Saturday, June 29, Shannon’s will have it. Find more of their events here.


  • The Queen Mary will host a guided art session to paint and enjoy one glass of wine (or other beverage). Tickets are $49 per person and include includes 11x14 canvas, paint, apron and one complimentary beverage. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The Queen Mary’s full events calendar can be found here.


  • Shakespeare by the Sea opened their season in Long Beach this year with a show last weekend. The company’s second show, “Henry IV,” will debut Friday at 8 p.m. at the Bandshell at Recreation Park. There will also be a show Saturday at 8 p.m. The event is free and ticketless.
  • Domenico’s Italian Restaurant will celebrate its 70th anniversary with select menu items for $19.54 (the year they opened) from 5 to 10 p.m. and host a giveaway for free pizzas for the first 100 households.


  • The Addams Family musical will begin its run at the Long Beach Playhouse Saturday. Opening night Saturday will also include a champagne gala to celebrate. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.

  • Pirate Invasion is hitting Long Beach with a two-day event starting Saturday at 10 a.m. at ShoreLine Aquatic Park. There will be food, live entertainment, games, an interactive kid's zone, and it wouldn’t be a pirate invasion without sword fights and musket battles. There will also be a VIP area and pub crawl. Tickets range from $10 to $200 and can be purchased here.

  • Celebrate Independence Day a bit early with the Third Annual Independence Day Dog Parade on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Lincoln Park in Downtown Long Beach. The event is free and pups will have the chance to win prizes. There will also be pet and veteran resources available. Register your dog here.

  • Playlarga and LB Living have brought back the Long Beach Taco & Tequila Festival on Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $95 and can be purchased here. Enjoy live entertainment, lucha libre (professional wrestling), a variety of taco vendors, tequila and more.

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