What to do for 4th of July in Long Beach, CA
Still haven’t made plans for this 4th of July? Fret not, below is a list of some fun activities around Long Beach for the holiday weekend.
The Classic Long Beach 4th of July experience is viewing the fireworks lighting the shores from fantastic vantage points along the coast – with the ultimate celebration and view on the deck of The Queen Mary.
Celebrate your 4th of July in style aboard one of the worlds most famous ships. The Queen Mary is holding its annual 4th of July event where you can enjoy a stroll through history as guests will transported into different time periods with each step they take. Start off in a Coney Island style carnival, complete with games, attractions and entertainment. Next, move over to the Nashville tailgate and enjoy a live DJ, Country band and line dancing. End it all with some dueling pianos in New Orleans and a glitz and glam party, Hollywood style. Once you’ve enjoyed your trip through America, enjoy an unbelievable fireworks display with one of the best seats in town.
Tickets are on sale now, visit The Queen Mary website for more info.
July 4th Late Night BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific (5-10pm)
Enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet and a front row seat to the spectacular Queen Mary firework display.
For more information and tickets, visit: www.aquariumofthepacific.com
Fireworks at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base
This is a classic, family friendly event at the Los Alamitos Training Base. Gates open at 4pm – bring a lawn chair and blankets, along with a picnic. Fireworks begin promptly at 9pm. Entry is $5 per vehicle, and each attending adult requires a valid ID to enter.
For more information visit the city of Los Alamitos website.
Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade (10am)
Kids and adults alike are encouraged to decorate their bikes in a patriotic fashion and cruise the bike path is Long Beach.
4th of July Party at Cabrillo Beach (noon-10pm)
Live music, US military exhibits and fireworks.
Pier Pressure Yacht Party (7-11)
Three hour DJ dance party on the water with a front row view of the fireworks.
More information available here.
Wherever you spend the day, The Wahlberg Group wishes you a Safe and Happy 4th of July!
The Wahlberg Group at KW Pacific Estates
Starting this month, Alfredo’s Beach Club will be hosting a Moonlight Movies series at Granada Beach in Long Beach. The series kicks off on June 21st with Pirates of the Caribbean and will screen a new movie each week until August 30th. The movies are free but dinner and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Below is a list of movies, locations, and dates
June 21 – Pirates of the Caribbean
June 28 – Pretty in Pink
July 5 – Goonies
July 12 – Jaws
July 19 – Finding Nemo
August 2 – The Sandlot
August 9 – Zootopia
August 16 – Toy Story
August 23 – Inside Out
August 30 – Star Wars The Force Awakens
If you can’t make it to any of these dates, there are plenty of other outdoor movies for you to enjoy this summer. Los Alamitos and Signal Hill are both putting on movies in the park. See the list below for dates and movies.
July 9 – Minions at Laurel Park
July 23 – Toy Story at Orville R. Lewis Park
August 6 – The Good Dinosaur at Little Cottonwood Park
August 20 – Finding Nemo at Laurel Park
Movies in the Park
Star Wars The Force Awakens
June 20 – Signal Hill Park
June 22 Bixby Park
June 24 – El Dorado Park
June 27 – Cherry Park
June 29 – MacArthur Park
July 1 – Whaley Park
July 5 – Seaside Park
July 6 – Heartwell Park
July 8 – Chavez Park
Hotel Transylvania 2
July 11 – DeForest Park
July 13 – King Park
July 15 – College Estates Park
July 18 – Grace Park
July 20 – Orizaba Park
July 22 – Stearns Champions Park
Norm of the North
July 25 – Drake Park
July 27 – Veterans Park
July 29 – Scherer Park
August 1 – Ramona Park
August 3 – Admiral Kidd Park
August 5 – Wardlow Park
August 8 – McBride Park
August 10 – Somerset Park
August 12 – Houghton Park
August 13 – Animal Care Services
The Good Dinosaur
August 15 – Signal Hill Park
August 17 – Coolidge Park
August 19 – Silverado Park
August 22 – Davenport Park
August 24 – Pan American Park
We hope to see you at one of these showings!
The Wahlberg Group at KW Pacific Estates
Already in full effect, the city of Long Beach is putting on its famous Summertime Concerts in the Park. Concerts will feature diverse musical styles and take place all over the city of Long Beach, as well as Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, Cypress, Signal Hill, and Lakewood. The concerts are free, so get as many people together as you can, pack a picnic and enjoy some music.
Also, The Wahlberg Group is having a weekly drawing, between June 1 and August 31 for a handy, insulated picnic basket – perfect for taking to the concerts! Simply email your name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org to enter. We’ll announce the winners weekly via email.
The Wahlberg Group at Keller Williams Pacific Estates
May 27th marks the 80th Anniversary of the maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary. Built in Scotland and taking three and a half years to complete, The Queen Mary sailed the North Atlantic Ocean for 31 years carrying more than 2 million people. Now she’s the iconic centerpiece of the Long Beach shoreline.
Since the ships retirement in 1967, The Queen Mary has been a popular attraction for tourists and photographers. It’s size and beauty is something that can only be understood in person and its dormant state in the harbor makes it easy to admire.
For more information on The Queen Mary or to book a tour visit www.queenmary.com
The Wahlberg Group
Where To Go For New Years Eve
The Holiday season is coming to a close – and it’s about time to ring in the new year. There are no shortage of great places to spend New Years Eve in Long Beach and Orange County, CA – but I’ll give you some highlights if you’re stumped for ideas.
Downtown Long Beach is hosting a huge New Years Eve bash on Pine Ave and Rainbow Harbor. There is a FREE Family Friendly celebration on the Rainbow Harbor waterfront from 5-10pm featuring live music and activities for kids. At 9pm there will be a ten minute fireworks display, sponsored by Gladstones, for families to ring in the new year.
The Pine Avenue Celebration will begin at 8pm till 2am, and will encompass 2 city blocks. There will be several options for live music, with two headlining bands: The Rival Sons and The Mowgli’s. Tickets to the Pine Avenue Celebration are $15 presale, and $20 at the door – it is advised you pick up your tickets prior to 8pm to avoid long lines. Tickets are available on the Downtown Long Beach website.
The Queen Mary is a New Year Eve staple every year in Long Beach. What can I say? It’s elegant, on the water, and it’s a great place to watch the fireworks. This year’s event, “Passport To A New Year” sounds really fun, with rooms honoring ports-of-call The Queen Mary would have visited as a passenger ship. Themed ballrooms for Bombay, Rio de Janiero, Manhattan, Cherbourg, and Scotland will take attendees on a voyage of fun. General Admission starts at $99 – with various VIP and add-on packages available to make your evening extra-special. Tickets are available on the Queen Mary website
A Midnight Kiss – Avenue of the Arts Wyndham – Orange County
From CBS Los Angeles:
“If you are looking for a little romance sprinkled into your New Year’s Eve party, then look no further than A Midnight Kiss at the Avenue of Arts. This Costa Mesa hotel party is in its third year, offering couples and strangers alike an open bar and a DJ to ring in the new year.”
This is the 3rd annual Midnight Kiss at Avenue of the Arts Wyndham – an event with three different rooms and an open bar.
McCormick and Schmick’s in Irvine is hosting a New Years Eve interactive murder mystery dinner show with Wit and a Wink Entertainment – the theme is “Hollywood Confidential”. There will be a 1950’s costume contest, however costumes are not required. This is a fun and unique way to spend NYE with friends. Tickets are $129 each, available on the Wit and a Wink website.
You can ring in the new year in style, aboard a party yacht! This is a popular event that will sell out. The party is launching from two locations: San Pedro and Newport Beach – leaving at 9pm and returning at 1:30am. There is a champagne greeting, music, dancing, and an open bar for the 4 hour cruise. GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT NOW if you’re thinking about going – they’re available on the NYE Yacht Parties website.
The Wahlberg Group would like to wish you a safe New Years Eve and a Happy New Year!
Keller Williams Pacific Estates
Where to watch the boat parades in Long Beach and Orange County
It’s that time of year again, and Southern California has kicked off the season of Holiday Boat Parades. If you wanted to rent a boat on the day of the parades, you may be out of luck, as I discovered when I tried to book one a few days ago — apparently people reserve the coveted Duffy boats for parade days during the summer. However, you can watch the festivities from the sidelines, and not have to deal with the dreaded on-the-water boat traffic.
Naples Holiday Boat Parade
The Naples Holiday Boat Parade is on December 21st starting at 6:00 pm. The streets on Naples island will be closed to traffic after 5pm – so plan on parking outside the neighborhood and walking in. Strolling through the canal streets in Naples is a beautiful experience during the holidays. So many of the residents decorate their houses with fabulous holiday lights and displays, and the lights twinkle on the water during a romantic evening stroll. There will even be groups of carolers performing on the island during the parade. Check the Naples website for info on where to park.
If you’d rather sit in a restaurant to watch the parade, the large boat parade will pass by the restaurants in Seaport Village, such as McKenna’s on the Bay, who will be hosting “Judging” for the large boat parade. If you want a reservation during the parade with a view of the water – I recommend you make the call right away.
Newport Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Every year Newport Beach hosts a large Boat Parade in Newport harbor; this year’s parade is the 105th annual Christmas Boat Parade on December 18-22nd. The parade route is rather spread-out, so here’s a copy of the parade route.
There’s many places to view the parade for FREE from the shoreline – but one of the most exciting places to see the parade is the Balboa Fun Zone who has bleachers set up for viewing for $10 adults, $5 children – purchased on site – so arrive early.
If you’d like to view the boat parade from the water, there are several boat charters available on the parade nights. The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade website offers a list of the vendors offering boat charters.
Huntington Beach Cruise of Lights
Huntington Harbor Philharmonic is hosting their 51st Annual Cruise of Lights on December 14-15 and 19-23, 2013. This is a charity event that supports youth music programs for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for children, and babies are free. The cruise passes through Huntington Harbor and by all the decorated homes on the water.
Shuttles to the cruise leave from the Huntington Harbour Mall parking lot. 16889 Algonquin Street Huntington Beach, CA 92649
We hope you can make it out to one of these fantastic holiday boat parades!
Keller Williams Pacific Estates
Chill, Comic Convention, and Cirque in Long Beach and Orange County CA
It’s officially starting to look like the Holidays in Long Beach, CA with the “trees” on the water in Downtown Long Beach and the Lagoon starting this evening. This is the official kickoff to the season with numerous events, boat parades, and concerts to get you into the holiday spirit.
The first Holiday event starts this week, November 22, 2013 – Queen Mary Chill. If you didn’t make it to Chill last year, it’s a frozen world inside the former “Spruce Goose Dome”. It’s quite literally freezing in there – they hand each guest a much needed parka on the way inside. I also recommend you bring some thick gloves, warm shoes, and maybe a beanie — because we are spoiled with our sunny Southern California weather. There are ice sculptures of various holiday icons, and ice tubing slides inside; outside there is ice skating, twinkling lights, and music to turn the area into a Winter Wonderland.
Advance tickets to Queen Mary Chill are recommended and are available on the Queen Mary website, and include many options such as single passes, season ice skating passes, and even a fireside cabana rental option for those cold evenings.
Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention
It might not be a holiday event, but it’s becoming a fall tradition in Long Beach – The Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention at the Long Beach Convention Center – November 23-24, 2013
“Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center each fall. It’s a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic & Horror Con you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities.”
There are some interesting events on the program, such as a 50th Anniversary Special for Dr. Who – live from the BBC, and speakers such as cartoonist John Kricfalusi. There will also be many vendors with interesting items for sale, such as my friends at Mystical Apothecary. These events are always fun for people watching – with many attendees arriving in elaborate costumes of their favorite characters. Tickets are available on the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con website.
Cirque Du Soliel – Totem
Cirque Du Soliel is opening Totem at Orange County Great Park on November 21 until December 29, 2013
Cirque Du Soliel shows are always a feast for the eyes – with stunning costumes, gorgeous sets, and feats of acrobatics that boggle the mind.
“TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.
Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.
Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.”
Tickets are available through the Cirque Du Soliel website.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Keller Williams Pacific Estates
Movember Events 2013
You may have noticed a lot of men around town donning mustaches lately. November is the month that Movember, a global men’s health charity, asks men to raise awarness by starting the month clean shaven and growing and grooming a mustache for the 30 days of November, and asking friends and family to donate to their efforts. The funds raised by Movember goes towards men’s health initiatives that combat prostate and testicular cancer – some of the most frequently diagnosed cancers in men. Since 2003, Movember has raised more than $440Million dollars for the cause. Here are a few local Movember or mustache related events that you should check out.
Los Angeles Mustache Dash – benefit for Movember on November 17th, 2013
The Los Angeles Mustache Dash is a 5k race that will take place in Elysian Park in Los Angeles (near Dodger Stadium). Participants will have 60 minutes to complete the course. Each runner will receive a lovely mustache medal and shirt – to brag about their mustache dashing to friends and family. After the race, there will be an after party:
“Once you cross the finish line, you step foot in a mythical land, flowing with revelry and amusement: The Mustache BASH! The Mustache Bash is fully equipped with free photo booth, complimentary light refreshments, beer garden, live music, M’Oasis, lots of prizes, sponsor giveaways, music, and a gentle, kindly mechanical bull named Mustache.”
You can register for the race at mustachedache.com
Costa Mesa Stache Dash – to benefit Men’s Health on November 23, 2013
There’s another mustache running event in Costa Mesa at Fairview Park on November 23rd – the Stache Dash.
LB Folk Revival Festival
It may not be a Movember charity event, but it might be a fun place to sport your ‘stache and maybe enter a beard/mustache contest. On Saturday, November 16th 2013, The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival is from 11 am to 10 pm on Pine Ave. in Downtown Long Beach.
“This family-friendly music festival will have something for everyone and will feature a half dozen local craft breweries including Beachwood BBQ,Rock Bottom, & Firestone Walker, The Port of Long Beach kids pumpkin patch with crafts and activities, Polly’s Pies pie eating contest &The LB Beard Advocates moustache/beard contest, local artisans & craft vendors, gourmet food trucks including Sweet Lou’s BBQ Truck,The Canvas Truck & Trailer Park Truck, old time photo booth, live painting, and a special “Farm-to-Table” lunch catered by Primal Alchemyto kick things off.
Long Beach loves their roots music and The Long Beach Folk Revival Festival aims to give the community a quality event that showcases the best in Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, World, & Roots music. The intention is to start small & local while gaining the support of the community and positioning the festival to grow and blossom in future years”
This looks like a fun way to spend an afternoon, especially the farm-to-table lunch and the music lineup looks great.
If you know of other great Movember charity events in Long Beach or Orange County, please comment below.
The Wahlberg Group
Keller Williams Pacific Estates
What to do Halloween week in Long Beach and Orange County
I promise this is my last Halloween related post this year – because it has to be – but there are some great community events I would like to share happnening this last week of October in Long Beach and Orange County.
Halloween Fest in Downtown Huntington Beach
Downtown Huntington Beach will host a FREE Halloween Festival on October 31, 2013 from 4 to 8pm. There will be a kid’s costume contest and a pet costume contest – including a look-alike competition (for dogs that look like their owners). Check out the Downtown HB website for more information .
OC Fair & Event Center Halloween Foodtacular
The OC Fair & Event Center is hosting a Halloween Foodtacular on October 30, 2013 from 5:30 to 9pm, featuring some popular Gourmet Food Trucks, such as Burger Monster, The Burnt Truck, Wafflicious, and Seabirds. Admission and Parking is FREE
War of the Worlds
The Long Beach Shakespeare Company is doing a production of Orson Wells’ ” War of the Worlds“, a radio production that caused a stir when it was presented as a real alien invasion of earth. The shows will be performed live with sound effects and music on October 30, 31, and November 2 at 8pm. Tickets are $10.
Trick or Treating on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore
Trick or Treat on 2nd Street in Belmont Shore on October 31, 2013 from 4 to 6pm. Participating shops and restaurants will be passing out goodies to trick-or-treaters.
Dia De Los Muertos Festival in San Pedro
On Friday, November 1, 2013 the San Pedro Waterfront will be hosting a Dia De Los Muertos Festival. This looks like an exciting event with plenty of food, music, dancing, and artists. There will be a live performance from the Grammy award winning Mariachi Divas. There will also be a sacred altar exhibition and competition – the altar is a very important part of the Dia De Los Muertos celebration – honoring a departed loved one, pet, or celebrity. The Festival is from 5pm to 10pm on the Historic San Pedro Waterfront and Admission is FREE
Musical Theater West is opening their production of Young Frankenstein on November 1, 2013. If you haven’t seen this show before, it’s a comedy musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ classic movie “Young Frankenstein“. Many of the musical numbers are derived from iconic lines from the movie; “He Vas My Boyfriend”, “Transylvania Mania”, and Puttin’ on the Ritz.” This production is rated R, and may not be suitable for children under 17. The show runs until the 17th of November. Ticket prices vary from $17 to $85, depending on date and section. Here is a theater map.
We hope you have a happy and safe Halloween.
Halloween Fun this week in Orange County and Long Beach
There are so many Halloween activities this weekend – from Haunted Houses to Festivals to Zombie Walks – there’s something for everyone. Here are a few ideas to celebrate Halloween in style.
Long Beach Zombie Walk
Without a doubt, one of the most popular Halloween events in Long Beach is the Long Beach Zombie Walk. On October 26, 2013, the Promenade and surrounding Downtown Long Beach areas will become a zombie infested party. The event has become so large, there is no longer a single, scheduled walk, but instead has evolved into a festival with live music, food, and a bevy of zombies shambling at their leisure. There will be over a dozen live bands, such as The Radioactive Chicken Heads and The Maxies; and outdoor screenings of classic zombie movies “Dawn of the Dead” and “Night of the Living Dead”.
This is an all-ages event (apparently Zombies like children), and general admission tickets are $15. They expect a long line at the gate, so we recommend you purchase your tickets online.
Sunnyside Cemetery Historical Tour
Every year, Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach (the really old one with the cool headstones on Willow) hosts a Historical Tour with the Long Beach Historical Society. The tour is interesting, with actors portraying notable “residents” of Sunnyside Cemetery, with many colorful characters and local historical figures.
Tickets are $20 – sold only on the day of the tour at the main gate on Willow from 8:30 am to noon. Performances run continually from 9am to 2:30, and guided tours depart at 9, 10, 11, and noon. (Free hot dog lunch from 11:30 – 1:30pm)
Treats in the Streets in Old Towne Orange
Thursday, October 24th is the 17th Annual Treats in the Streets in Old Towne Orange – a FREE event from 4-7pm in Old Towne Orange Plaza (Chapman and Glassell). There will be trick-or-treating at participating merchants until 5:30, followed by a costume parade, games, entertainment, and food vendors. Attendees are encouraged to dress in costume (no masks on adults please).
Laguna Niguel Haunted Trails
The city of Laguna Niguel has an interesting Halloween event – Haunted Trails – October 24-26, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This year has a twisted fairy tale theme with Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and other characters out to haunt you. Groups of 10-13 guests are escorted through tents, mazes, and a graveyard. This is supposed to be a scary event – not suitable for children under 8. Admission is $10, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Pacific Symphony Halloween Masquerade
October 26th at 10am, the Pacific Symphony is performing a Halloween Masquerade at Segerstrom Concert hall. From the Pacific Symphony website:
“Pacific Symphony spooky favorites like “Harry Potter” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” are paired with Latin American symphonic hits for a cross-cultural celebration! Enjoy music and traditions from “Dia de los Muertos” alongside Halloween tunes and spine-chilling fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume and mask!
Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings are fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-11. Enjoy family fun time together while enhancing your child’s (or grandchild’s) love of music.
During the Musical Carnival, enjoy free hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, sing, dance, play, color, try musical instruments and enjoy themselves in thematic activities related to the concert. 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.”
Tickets are available on the Pacific Symphony website.
We hope you have a “Spooktacular” weekend! (I couldn’t resist)