Things To Do In Long Beach

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra – Up to 50% Off Four Concerts

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Terrace Theater and Long Beach Arena

$198 $99

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Four-concert series includes Beethoven and Mendelssohn symphonies, surf-rock hits from Papa Doo Run Run, and Brazilian bossa nova

Up to 42% Off Fishing Trip

South Bay Cruises

Long Beach

$65 $39

Captains take groups fishing on the open sea to reel in catches while enjoying the cool open-water breezes

Up to 51% Off at Painting & Vino - Los Angeles

Painting & Vino (LA)

Multiple Locations

$45 $25

Professional artists give step-by-step instructions that teach guests how to recreate works of art while enjoying wine and cocktails

$10 for Hydrobike Ride

Long Beach HydroBikes

Los Alamitos Bay Landing

$20 $10

Floating bikes cart pedalers past scenic Alamitos Bay sites, such as a bird sanctuary and seasonal jellyfish cove; free parking

Up to 57% Off Ceramics Classes at Clay

Clay

Long Beach

$60 $30

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Classes of no more than seven students learn the basics of building ceramic forms via wheel in a welcoming, colorful studio

Up to 58% Off Beach Bash LA 2014

Beach Bash LA 2014

Queen Mary Park

$125 $55

A parade of more than 3,000 people in bikinis anchors a day-long festival with music, food, and contests

Up to 53% Off Kitesurfing Lesson on Land

Southern California Kiteboarding

Belmont Shore

$100 $49

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From a safe spot on the beach, instructors demonstrate how to hold and control the kites used in kitesurfing

Up to 51% Off Craft-Beer Tasting and Tour with Appetizers

NightLife Transport

Auld Dubliner

$50 $25

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Revelers are transported to two local breweries for tastings, appetizers, and discount growlers

Up to 69% Off Barre, Dancing, or Pilates Classes

En Pointe Dance & Fitness

Eastside

$85 $30

Using a ballet barre, students balance and perform isolated muscle contractions, Pilates-inspired exercises, and light-weight training

Gold's Gym – Up to 67% Off Membership

Gold's Gym

Multiple Locations

$139 $49

Guests pedal and punch in famous gym's group fitness classes; advanced cardio and strength-training equipment fortifies physiques

76% Off Classes at Barre Relevé

Barre Relevé

Long Beach

$160 $39

Ballet based, high-intensity, low-impact, full-body workout set to professionally mixed dance music

Up to 74% Off Fitness Classes

Roworx

Long Beach

$95 $25

One-hour rowing classes usually incorporate strength training to burn calories more efficiently

40% Off Half-Day Fishing Trip

Pierpoint Landing

Downtown Long Beach

$45 $27

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The crew of the Southern Cal takes anglers on a half-day trip in search of bass, barracuda, and other fish

Up to 68% Off Classes at Yoga World Studios

Yoga World Studios

Los Altos

$75 $35

Menagerie of yoga styles suits all comers with classes that range from kids yoga and gentle flow for beginners to Ashtanga for devotees

Up to 68% Off Yoga at Naples Wellness Center And Spa

Naples Wellness Center And Spa

Belmont Shore & Naples

$75 $30

Hatha, therapeutic, and senior yoga classes for beginning and advanced students to promote increased relaxation, flexibility, and health

Up to 74% Off at FreeSpirit Yoga

FreeSpirit Yoga

Cal Heights - Bixby Knolls - Los Cerritos

$110 $29

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Teachers demonstrate union of breath and movement during classes ranging from challenging flows to prenatal and kids' yoga

Queen Mary Events – Up to 50% Off "Diana: Legacy of a Princess"

Queen Mary Events

Long Beach

$27.95 $14

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Explore a collection of Princess Diana’s gowns, letters, and other artifacts along with royal-family history aboard The Queen Mary

Up to 41% Off Cemetery Tour or History Museum Membership

Historical Society of Long Beach

Historical Society of Long Beach

$100 $59

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Tour covers some of Long Beach's most notable residents; history museum exhibits photographs, newspapers, documents, and other artifacts

Up to 50% Off Long Beach Harbor Tour from Harbor Breeze Cruises

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Downtown Long Beach

$24 $15

Views of sea lions, the Queen Mary, and Long Beach's coast and skyline

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Improv Comedy: Making it Up as They Go Along

You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show—and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.

Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement—necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form—quick, self-contained games—and long form—a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live–style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.

Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.

This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City—one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.

4900 E. 7th St.
Long Beach,
California
US

A boat zips along through the water, trailing behind it an open parachute elevated to almost a quarter-mile in the air. This isn't a scene from a spy movie, but rather a scenic parasailing tour from California Parasail, whose lines can lift patrons up to 1,200 feet above the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. As parasailers relax into their harnesses and take in breathtaking panoramic views, they can also take comfort in knowing they're in safe hands––all captains hold a US Coast Guard license and all crew members adhere to the practices of the Water Sports Industry Association. They operate runs throughout Avalon and Catalina Island, as well as Balboa Island, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, allowing patrons to glimpse views of different coastal areas and befriend cumulus clouds with varying regional dialects.

500 East Shoreline Drive
Long Beach,
CA
US

From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.

1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach,
CA
US

Traversing the scenic expanses of the beach bike path, the Long Beach Turkey Trot allows the fleet of foot and big of heart to kick off their Thanksgiving with a pulse-raising run or walk benefiting the nonprofit Community Action Team. Two distances (5K and 10K) and four start times (7:30, 8:30, or 10:30 a.m. for the 5K; 7:30, 8:30, or 9:30 for the 10K) allow you to choose your own pavement-pounding adventure, and cotton event T-shirts and personalized bibs ensure no one runs totally nude. Four hundred random runners will receive free holiday pies, while everyone else can replenish their precious calories at the race with finish-line snacks or at home with their own gravy, stuffing, and cornucopias full of hot fudge and gummy bears. All entrants must sign a waiver before participating.

1 Bennett Avenue
Long Beach,
CA
US

Southern California Helicopters’ meticulous introductory flight-training program prepares students for supplemental instruction using classroom materials and hands-on experience. Neophyte pilots begin aviation explorations with 30 minutes of ground instruction, where a knowledgeable instructor imparts lessons on navigating the instrument console and understanding right-of-way at a four-way stop. With book smarts cemented, students climb into one of the school’s helicopters and ascend into the open skies, one-on-one with a pilot, for a 30-minute flight. At a safe altitude, instructors shift control to the pupils, giving them the opportunity to experience a thrill usually enjoyed only by weather balloons and mice that have stowed aboard a radio-controlled zeppelin.

2801 E Spring St
Long Beach,
CA
US

Head coaches Nick and Julz Heaney draw from their experiences as professional wakeboarders to unveil the mysteries of the sport for students of any skill level. The two-part private lessons take place back to back on the same day, first on land and then on water, for about one and a half to two hours of hydro-taming instruction, though students can stay for up to four hours. During the land portion, an orientation covers boat and safety basics and sea-shanty harmonizing. Students also practice turning on heel and toe in order to develop the muscle memory needed to control the board on the water. Once the wake mavens deem their apprentices worthy of buoyancy, the lessons take to the water, where either a Pro 09 MasterCraft X-Star speedboat or a team of harnessed dolphins awaits.

5255 East Paoli Way
Long Beach,
CA
US

Long Beach Scene