Things To Do In Long Beach

$27 for Bootlegger's Bash Admission and Art Deco Festival Pass for One from Queen Mary Events ($54 Value)

Queen Mary

Long Beach

$54 $27

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The Queen Mary celebrates its art deco interior with period music, cocktails, dancing, and art

Film, Panel, or Workshop at Long Beach Indie International Film Festival on August 28, 29, or 31 (Up to 50% Off)

Long Beach Indie International Film Festival

Cinemark at the Pike Theaters

$10 $5

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100+ films from across the globe, including shorts, feature-length narratives, and documentaries, along with workshops and political panels

Queen Mary Events: Shoreline Jam or Long Beach Funk Fest on August 30–31 or September 1 (Up to 50% Off)

Queen Mary Events: Shoreline Jam or Long Beach Funk Fest

Long Beach

$50 $25

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Shoreline Jam welcomes reggae from The Dirty Heads and Pepper; George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic headline the Long Beach Funk Fest

$27 for a Half-Day Fishing Trip from Pierpoint Landing ($45 Value)

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

$10 for a One-Hour Hydrobike Ride from Long Beach Hydrobikes ($20 Value)

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

Two Three-Hour Sailing Lessons for One or Two from Marina Sailing Newport Beach (Up to 59% Off)

Marina Sailing Newport Beach

Newport Beach

$600 $247

Learn the fundamentals of sailing on the open water with an ASA-certified instructor or USCG-licensed captain

Wheel-Thrown Ceramics Class for One or Five at Clay in Long Beach (Up to 57% Off)

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.

Blue Whale-Watching Cruise tickets for Two or Four from Harbor Breeze Cruises (Up to 55% Off)

Harbor Breeze Cruises

Downtown Long Beach

$100 $49

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Aboard double-decker vessels, narrated cruises sail throughout the Pacific Ocean and search for blue whales, dolphins, and sea lions

10 Fitness Classes from Joy Fitness (64% Off)

Joy Fitness

Long Beach

$50 $18

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

90-Minute Kitesurfing Lesson on Land for One or Two from Southern California Kiteboarding (Up to 53% Off)

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

Painting Class for One, Two, or Four at Painting & Vino - Los Angeles (Up to 51% Off)

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

Four-Concert Mini-Series from Long Beach Symphony on Saturday, October 4–May 30 (Up to 50% Off)

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

Craft-Beer Tasting and Tour with Appetizers for Two or Four from NightLife Transport (Up to 51% Off)

NightLife Transport

Long Beach

$100 $50

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

Four-Hour or 24-Hour Bike Rental with Lock and Helmet from Tri-Pacific (Up to 67% Off)

Tri-Pacific

Belmont Shore

$40 $20

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Competition-level triathlon shop doles out cruiser bikes to rental riders; helmet and lock included

$54 for $120 Worth of Music Lessons — Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Ronnie Ciago Drum Lessons

Long Beach

$120 $54

From the merchant: Beginners to advanced drummers will learn technique, grooves, and reading; they will play all styles by Ronnie Ciago.

20 CrossFit Group Workout Classes from Crossfit Radius (65% Off)

Crossfit Radius

Long Beach

$175 $61

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

5, 10, or 20 Indoor Rowing, Bootcamp, and Yoga Classes at Roworx (Up to 74% Off)

Roworx

Long Beach

$95 $25

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

5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes or One Month of Indoor Cycling at Five Starr Pilates & Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Five Starr Pilates & Fitness

Long Beach

$140 $49

On Pilates reformer machines and stationary bikes, exercisers challenge themselves with workouts that change up and stay fun

One-Month Gym Membership or Three Personal-Training Sessions at Metroflex Gym (69% Off)

Metroflex Gym

Long Beach

$75 $26

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Award-winning gym eschews the conventions of big-box chains with professional-grade equipment and a supportive member community

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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 East 7th Street
Long Beach,
CA
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Of all the things a bar could be well known for, eggs might be low on the list. At Baddeley's Pourhouse, however, pickled eggs become unlikely stars, especially when washed down with iconic crimson, blue, and silver cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. As patrons cluster in choruses of clinking cans and glasses, games flicker to life on seven high-definition televisions, which helped earn the tavern the No. 3 spot on CityVoter's list of Best Sports Bars in 2011. In a neon halo, a computerized jukebox spills out tunes and secret aspirations of becoming a food replicator on a starship missions. The cinnamon-hued felt of the pool table washes into the colors of red-topped bar stools, where customers perch as they order from the daily specials or discuss forming a synchronized swimming team for sponsorship by the alehouse.

3348 E Broadway
Long Beach,
CA
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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
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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
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Wall-to-wall plasma TVs flicker with broadcasts of high-intensity sports as guests to Beach Club Sports Bar & Grill bite into burgers piled with pastrami, chili, or bacon. When not urging on their team, visitors can also create competition of their own, sending pool balls flying or throwing down a foam finger to challenge rival fans to a duel. On weekends, mimosas and bloody marys wash down morning breakfast fare on a sunlit outdoor patio.

5755 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach,
CA
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Established: 2012

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered

Most popular offering: Beach sports leagues for adults and youth

Pro Tip: Come play. Have fun. Socialize!!!

Good for Kids: Yes

Walk-ins Welcome: Yes

Q&A with Jamin Dunneback, League Coordinator

What sets your business apart from your competition?

Volitude Sport & Adventure Club has been strategically structured and has partnered with various organizations to provide the ultimate beach experience in support of an active and healthy lifestyle. Collectively, the administration team has been facilitating organized sport and social programs to adults and youth for 10+ years. ... Volitude has shaped an atmosphere where participants of all skill levels, ages, and backgrounds can come together to build lasting friendships and escape the pressures or stress connected to their daily routines. There are a variety of activities for those looking for a social pick up game, organized league, or highly competitive tournament.

What was the inspiration for starting this business?

Contributing back and playing forward to help strengthen the community.

What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?

Teams that return every season!

What?s your favorite part about your job?

Playing sports on the beach and meeting new people!

1 Granada Ave
Long Beach,
CA
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Long Beach Scene