Long Beach International Sea Festival 2016

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    Sea Festival Overview

    Long Beach Sand Sculpture Competition
    Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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

    • 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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  • 02 of 06

    Festivals within the Long Beach International Sea Festival

    Long Beach Bayou Festival
    Photo © 2006 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    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 (Marine 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.com

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  • 03 of 06

    Wind and Motor-Powered Water Sports Events

    Sailboats in Alamitos Bay, Long Beach, CA
    Photo © 2011 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Sailing and Yacht Races Check the Long Beach Yacht Club, Shoreline Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for summer race schedules.

    Water Skiing

    • 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 RPM

    • Jettribe Long Beach To Catalina & Back IJSBA National Offshore Championships (Long Beach/Catalina/Long Beach, July 17, 2016) www.rpmracingent.com
    • Long Beach Sprint Nationals (Marine Stadium, Aug 6-7, 2016), www.scscracing.com
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    Human-Powered Water Sports Events

    Outrigger Canoe Race
    Photo: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

    Canoeing and Rowing

    Water Polo

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  • 05 of 06

    Beach and Pier Sports and Events

    Beach Volleyball
    Photo © 2005 Kayte Deioma, used with permission

    Copa Cabana Beach Soccer Festival (Granada Beach - July 9-10, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Beach soccer in a Brazilian carnaval atmosphere. www.copacabanabeachsoccer.com

    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.com

    World Series of Beach Volleyball, Alamitos Beach, August  23-28, 2016. International beach volleyball championships. www.wsobv.com

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  • 06 of 06

    Outdoor Movies, Concerts & Theatre

    Outdoor Concert at Rancho Los Cerritos
    Photo © 2008 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    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