From sporting events and car shows to festivals and parades, no trip to Long Beach is ever uneventful. The seaside city is always busy with plenty of activities and events to keep both locals and tourists entertained. Be sure to make room in your schedule to attend some of the best events in Long Beach this year.
1. Grand Prix
Each year, Long Beach hosts the Toyota Grand Prix. This open-wheel race is held on a street circuit, attracting more than 200,000 people in a weekend. The Grand Prix has become the longest running “street” race in North America since its start as a Formula 5000 race in 1975. The annual event is usually held in April and lasts a total of three days, kicking off on a Friday and ending on Sunday.
2. Belmont Shore Car Show
The Belmont Shore Car Show is the largest one-day car show event in Long Beach. This annual event, which has been part of the city’s tradition for more than two decades, brings in a huge number of spectators and classic car lovers from all over the state. The must-see show is usually held on 2nd Street, which is closed off for the day to allow crowds to view the over 700 vehicles, and visit the huge number of vendors that sell automotive goodies on the street.
3. Shoreline Village Pirate Festival
Bring the whole family down to Long Beach and enjoy the Shoreline Village Pirate Festival. The annual event features a large number of free activities for children and adults of all ages, including harbor cruises, sword fighting, bullwhip tricks, pirate-themed games, balloon artists, costume contests, face painters, joust kidding musicians, and much more. If you’re really into the pirate culture, come to Shoreline Village Drive dressed in your favorite pirate-wear. You won’t be the only one!
4. Queen Mary Dark Harbor
Don’t miss out on the scare of your life. Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is an annual Halloween tradition in Long Beach, featuring live entertainment, attractions, horrifying mazes, food and drink, and more. Set your eyes on the live freak show, make your way through one of several horror mazes, or participate in some of the fun Halloween-themed events, such as paintball. The event opens to the public at the beginning of October.
5. Long Beach Pride Festival
The annual Long Beach Pride Festival, generally hosted in May of each year, is kicked off by the well-known Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade. The two-day festival is filled with celebrities, live entertainment, food vendors, and tons of fun. The parade itself attracts thousands to the community to watch the parade along Ocean Avenue. The big event consists of more than 200 floats and marching groups.