- $30 for entry to two events: the West Coast BBQ Classic on Saturday, May 9, and the ShipKicker festival on Sunday, May 24 ($60 value)
On Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., barbecue lovers gather for the West Coast BBQ Classic, where 60 pit masters compete for the title of best BBQ. Guests sample barbecue tastings for just $2, play backyard-style games, and enjoy live music performances.
Return for the second day of the ShipKicker festival, Sunday, May 24, 1 p.m.–11 p.m., features the headliner Parmalee, as well as The Railers and David Fanning, and more. Fest-goers also enjoy a bucking bull ride, a beer garden, food vendors, and giant slide.
Since its maiden voyage in 1936, The Queen Mary has cultivated a colorful history: she transported iconic figures from Winston Churchill to Fred Astaire across the ocean blue, and even served as the world's fanciest troop transport during World War II. However, her historical exploits are more than matched by her modern-day splendor. Now at home in the Port of Long Beach, the venerable ship pairs her art deco trappings with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and nearby city. Guests at the onboard hotel recreate timeless transoceanic luxury during stays in her 346 staterooms (which include nine full suites). Their stays often include multiple trips to onboard restaurants such as the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, as well as appearances at the weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon.
Of course, history remains an important draw for this singular ship. An onboard museum recounts the facts and figures of the ship's glory days, and tours touch upon some of her notable ghostly inhabitants and haunted areas amidships. This combination of contemporary amenities and historical charm make The Queen Mary an in-demand venue for conferences and events; fortunately, the ship boasts 80,000 square feet of event space spread across 17 sumptuous salons, as well as a trilevel, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall.