Things to do in Long Beach this weekend, including… Uptown Jazz Festival and sno-balls • the Hi-lo

Whether you want to eat, shop, watch movies or rock out to music on the weekends, we’ve got something for it all. From the Uptown Jazz Festival in North Long Beach returning for its 11th year, to the Taste of Downtown food sampling event.


TASTE OF DOWNTOWN (Wednesday & Thursday)

Vendors lined up at a Taste of Downtown event on the waterfront. Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Downtown Alliance.

Try some of the dishes from some of downtown’s most popular restaurants during the two-day foodie event, Taste of Downtown, taking place on the waterfront on Wednesday and Thursday, August 24-25.

Some of the 10 participating restaurants offering a taste of their signature food and drink include Mexican bites from Padre, American fare from The Ordinarie, beer from Beachwood Brewing and desserts from Ladie Kakes. The event also features pop-ups from local businesses such as Ash Bay Soap Co., Brushstrokes & Beverages, Everytable and more.

The event is free, but to taste you will need to purchase $1 “tasting tickets”. Menu samples cost between $2 and $8 and can only be purchased with the tickets. Click here to buy tickets or buy them on site during the event.

Taste of Downtown is between Shoreline Village and Pine Avenue Pier, near Rainbow Harbor, off East Shoreline Drive.


An assortment of fruits and vegetables. Photo courtesy of Compound & The Ecology Center.

Compound, an art gallery and wellness center in the Zaferia district, has partnered with The Ecology Centerto host a small farmers market on Saturday August 27th.

Visitors can purchase a variety of fresh produce, special pantry items and flower arrangements. Additionally, a number of pizzas from Peace Pizzas will be available for purchase.

The event is free, but reservations are strongly encouraged. Click here for more information and to register.

The compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.


In this file photo: Biscuits & Gravy perform at the annual Uptown Jazz Festival, held at Houghton Park in Long Beach in 2019. Photo by Stephen Carr.

North Long Beach’s flagship entertainment of the year, the Uptown Jazz Festival, returns for its 11th year to Houghton Park on Saturday, August 27 with food, vendors, a beer garden and all-day jazz music .

This year’s headliner is Stephanie Mills, Grammy Award winner, original Dorothy in the Broadway production of “The Wiz,” and best-selling multi-gold and platinum album. The festival will also feature sets from DW3, Take Me Back To Chicago, which features two members of the Chicago band, including original drummer Danny Seraphine, Biscuits & Gravy, the Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band, the Paulie Cerra Band and DJ Mr. Quick.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is free. Click here for more information.

Houghton Park is located at 6301 Myrtle Ave.


Courtesy leaflet.

This unique community arts event aims to engage, elevate and amplify the voices of our city’s Khmer community through personal stories and documentary screenings produced by and for the Cambodian city of Long Beach.

The two-hour event will feature three screenings of short documentaries, including the new films of 2022, “Conversations at the Register” and “Cambodia Town Thrives” and the 2019 film “Cambodia Town: Not For Sale”.

The program will also include panel discussions and activities led by community leaders, as well as a small mix with lunch.

The event will take place at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library and is free, but RSVP is required. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

The Mark Twain Neighborhood Library is located at 1401 E. Anaheim St.


Ashley Monconduit stands in front of SnoCorner, her New Orleans-style sno-ball shop across from Poly High School. Photo by Mike Guardabascio.

It’s been a year since Ashley Monconduit opened her New Orleans-style sno-ball shop, SnoCorner, and in honor of the achievement, the Poly High School alum is hosting a back-to-school celebration and raffle.

To enter the raffle, customers only need to make a purchase from the business and will be automatically entered. Twenty winners will receive a new Nike backpack filled with school supplies. While the event may be aimed at students, Monconduit says you don’t need to be one to participate.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. The winners will be announced the following morning. Click here for more information.

SnoCorner Snoballs & Cream is located at 1701 Atlantic Ave.


In this file photo: Plantiitas plant store owner Anthony Diaz with his husband, Kevin Alcaraz, stands in front of the store’s mural painted by artist Karina Vasquez. Tuesday 15th December 2020. Photo by Asia Morris.

Take your plant care to the next level with this workshop from local plant store, Plantiitas, All About Propagation, on Sunday August 28th.

In this two-hour course with the Plantiitas team, you will learn how to create new plants from a variety of sources, including seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts, otherwise known as plant propagation. The workshop will teach you everything step by step and provide you with all the materials you will need. Light refreshments and snacks will also be provided.

The class takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. and costs $32. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Plantiitas is at 2011 E. Fourth St.



Just across from Long Beach Harbor where games were filmed, “America Boxed In” plays Cinemark at The Pike Outlets. The documentary explores the massive global impact of the intermodal container industry on the economic and political landscape of the modern era.

The production, created by Salt Lake City filmmakers Casey and Ian Williams of Paradigm Motion Picture Company and Lance Hoovestal of LE7 Productions, screens three times a day at Cinemark from August 26 through September 1, as part of eligibility for the Oscars. Course.

The filmmakers – who will be there to meet viewers after the Saturday, August 27 screening – said they were thrilled to make their theatrical premiere in downtown Long Beach, right next to the San Pedro Bay harbor complex, where key elements of the documentary were filmed. Long Beach and Los Angeles are home to the largest and most important port facilities in the United States and are central to the themes discussed in the documentary.

Check local listings for show time, Click here.

The Pike Outlets is located at 95 S Pine Ave.



Happy Sundays Festival 2021. Courtesy photo.

This FREE music festival of over 40 musical acts at 11 venues located in the Zaferia district of Long Beach is back for 2022. Good Sunday will take place on Sunday, August 28.

The rooms open at noon, the music starts at 2 p.m. and will last all afternoon and into the evening. Participating locations this year are DiPiazza’s, The Bamboo Club, Port City Tavern, Tennessee Jack’s, Offer and demand, Alex’s bar, Plants of all times, Compound, Long Beach Playhouse, Ashtanga-Yogaand Roland Sands.

The big red bus And one LB public transport a bus will be on hand to take attendees from venue to venue from 2-7pm (thanks to the support of board members Suzie Price, Cindy Allen and Daryl Supernaw). Most sites accept under 21s.

Many local Zaferia District members are offering special offers and promotions in honor of the event. Check Zaferia Business Association for all the details on where to eat, drink and shop.

The Zaferia Business Association supports this free event open to the public since 2018 as a way to support and promote the most important entertainment, restaurant and bar activities in the Zaferia district, to draw attention to the business headquarters that serves residents of Long Beach, and giving back to the community.

Click here for more information.

Willie J. Johnson