Going to the Greek Festival over Labor Day weekend is a favorite Long Beach tradition. It’s a wonderful event where guests can enjoy an authentic taste of Greece. Sample delicious food from local Greek restaurants, watch live cooking demonstrations and enjoy live Greek music while watching (or participating in, if you know the steps) some authentic Greek dancing. Make sure to bring some spending money and pick up some authentic Greek souvenirs from the vendors. There is also an area with rides and game for kids of all ages. The festival is located at 761 E. Colorado Street and will take place Saturday, September 1 - Monday, September 3. Doors open at noon.
If you’re a fan a the blues, you’ll definitely want to head over to El Dorado Park on either September 1st or 2nd for the New Blues Festival. This year’s lineup includes Tim Russ, the Lowrider Band, New Blues Revolution, Southside Slim, Bernie Pearl, Janiva Magness, and much more. Gates open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Items that are allowed in the festival include blankets, hand-held umbrellas, foldable chairs, baby strollers, and binoculars. Along with smooth and sultry tunes, there are a host of vendors selling food and beverages to keep everyone satisfied all day long. Get your tickets today! (You can buy them on their website.)
Just over the bridge at the Port in San Pedro is LA Fleet Week. The annual event celebrates our nation’s Seas Services and is held annually on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over Labor Day Weekend. The event is free to the public and includes public ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, a kid’s STEM Expo, aircraft flyovers, a “100 Years of Navy in Hollywood Film Festival,” the 10th annual Conquer the Bridge 5K walk/run over the Vincent Thomas Bridge, a 5 on 5 Basketball Tournament, and a Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition. The event takes place from August 31 - September 3.
If you feel like making a trip just north of us, Fiesta Hermosa is a fun option! The party will be going on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM downtown Hermosa Beach on Pier Plaza, Hermosa Avenue, and lower Pier Avenue. Deemed the “Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in Southern California, the Fiesta will feature about 300 artists including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors, and handicrafters. If you miss it this Labor Day weekend, you can catch the next one on Memorial Day weekend. Attendees get to choose from a wide selection of cuisine in the food court and enjoy a refreshing beverage in the Charity Beer & Wine Garden as well.
Heading out with family and friends for a picnic is a great summertime activity, and with so many parks and nice outdoor areas, Long Beach is the perfect city to do it in. Whether you're at the beach or one of our many parks, you can pack a simple lunch or check with one of your favorite restaurants to see if they have box lunch options.