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Sea Festival Overview
The Long Beach International Sea Festival is the name given to a collection of events that take place in Long Beach every summer over a period of three months from June through August. Most of them are on or near Long Beach beaches or the waterfront, although over time events have spread throughout the city. Some of the events are really only interesting to the competitors (there's not much to watch in a race to Catalina unless you're in it.), while others are enjoyable for the whole family. The funding for the umbrella organization has vanished but most of the events still take place, scheduled by individual organizations, businesses and venues. It's a lot to wade through, so I've grouped them here by event type so you can just look at festivals, or just look at water sports, depending on your interests.
For more summer fun in Long Beach, check out 100daysofsummer.org
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- Festivals in the International Sea Festival
- Wind and Motor-Powered Water Sports Events
- Human-Powered Water... Sports Events
- Beach and Pier Sports and Events
- Outdoor Movies, Concerts & Theatre
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Festivals within the Long Beach International Sea Festival
Pacific Islander Festival June 4-5, 2016, from 9 am to 5 pm, Aquarium of the Pacific, www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/
Long Beach Bayou Festival (Rainbow Lagoon Park, June 18-19, 2016), www.longbeachfestival.com, View Photos.
Summer and Music is a series of music festivals including 720 Pine in June, Bicycle Drive-In in July and Twisted at the Pike in August, and Buskerfest in September. summerandmusic.com
Pirate Invasion and Mermaid Festival (Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier June 25-26, 2015), http://alfredosbeachclub.com
July 4th Fireworks and Party on the Pier (Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier at Belmont Shore Beach, July 4th, 10 am - 10 pm) http://alfredosbeachclub.com/events.html
Love Long Beach Festival (Granada Beach, July 16-17, 2016) includes live music and DJs, art, volleyball, swimming, running, paddling, yoga, farmers market, organic food court, craft beer and wine court and a kids area. lovelongbeachcelebration.com
Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival (Mar...ine Stadium, July 30-31, 2016), two-day Dragon Boat races, food, music, arts, crafts and Chinese acrobats. www.lbdragonboat.com
Crawfish Festival (Rainbow Lagoon, August 5-7, 2016), features Louisiana musicians www.longbeachcrawfishfestival.com, View Photos.
The Great Sand Castle Contest (Granada Beach, Aug. 13-14, 2016), BBQ, arts and crafts, kids zone and sand sculptures. Info or castle-building classes: (562) 434-1542 lbsandcastle.com
Taste of Brews Beer tasting festival at Shoreline Aquatic Park (AKA Lighthouse Park) August 20, 2016, www.tasteofbrews.com
Tiki Beach Festival (Granada Beach, Aug. 20-21, 2016), Two luaus with food, entertainment, an island marketplace, cultural center, tiki carvers, outrigger and catamaran cruises, kids zone, www.alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki_festival.htm
Lobster Festival New England lobsters, drinking, music and dancing at Rainbow Lagoon and Marina Green, Sept 9-11, 2016, www.originallobsterfestival.comContinue to 3 of 6 below.
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Wind and Motor-Powered Water Sports Events
- Long Beach/Catalina Ski Race (South Shore Launch Ramp, 590 Queensway Drive, July 15-16, 2016, 6 am - 5 pm). www.catalinaskirace.net
Power Boating and RPMContinue to 4 of 6 below.
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Human-Powered Water Sports Events
Canoeing and Rowing
- Noah Kalama Outrigger Classic (Belmont Pier — Jul 9, 2016) www.imuaoutrigger.com
- Kahakai Outrigger Canoe Club Sprints (Long Beach Marine Stadium - Jul 16, 2016, 8:00am - 5:00pm) kids and adults competing in outrigger canoe races kahakaioutrigger.com
- Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival (Marine Stadium, July 30-31, 2016), (626) 288-2888 www.lbdragonboat.com
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Beach and Pier Sports and Events
Kids Fishing Rodeo, (Belmont Veteran Memorial Pier, August 5, 2016, 8 am - 12 pm). The annual event is sponsored by the SoCal Tuna Club and Alfredos Beach Club. The Rodeo is free to kids 16 and under and includes free bait, snacks and instruction. Visitors must provide own rod and reel and there will be prizes for many categories. (562) 434-1542 or www.alfredosbeachclub.com
Clyde Ellerman Memorial Model Boat Regatta, (Colorado Lagoon, August 5, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm) Youngsters are required to first build their own model sailboat and then race it on the Colorado Lagoon. Model building workshops take place June through the beginning of August. Information: (562) 570-1719) www.lbparks.org
The Great Sand Sculpture Contest, Granada Beach, August 13-14, 2016, One of Sea Festival’s oldest events; includes Alfredos famed BBQ, arts and... crafts. Kids zone and incredible sand sculptures. Includes a corporate challenge! (562) 434-1542 or lbsandcastle.comContinue to 6 of 6 below.
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Outdoor Movies, Concerts & Theatre
Moonlight Movies on the Beach (Granada Beach, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, late May through August), alfredosbeachclub.com
Movies in the Park (Various Parks, June through August) Movie Schedule
Concerts in the Park (June - August, various locations), (562) 570-3117 Schedule
Long Beach Municipal Band Concerts (5 weeks in July and August, Tuesday through Fridays, various locations) 2015 TBA http://www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation/lb_municipal_band.asp/
Rancho Los Cerritos Summer Concerts (June 23, July 28, August 25) http://www.rancholoscerritos.org/calendar.html#Summer%20Concert%20Series
Summer and Music sponsors a series of music events, summerandmusic.com