Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… a pandan dessert festival and craft (house) beer • the Hi-lo

Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including... a pandan dessert festival and craft (house) beer • the Hi-lo

There are a lot of things to celebrate this weekend. First of all, all our clocks are delayed as they should be. Then, of course, St. Patrick’s Day, if that’s your thing. And then there’s just the general party of the week and a few days to enjoy Long Beach. And for that, we have what you need.

Discover an all-new dessert festival, featuring pandan, a tropical plant found in cuisines across Southeast Asia. There’s also a Craft Beer Festival showcasing the quirky beers of Southland’s home brewers. Plus, we found a classic comedy show, fermentation workshop, and more.



Flyer for the Classical Crack-Ups show courtesy of Infinite Stage/Held2gether Improv.

The musicians of Infinite scene and improvisation artists from Held for two will converge on Friday, March 18 at the Expo Arts Center for an evening of classical music and comedy.

As with any good improv show, audience participation will be part of the act, which means you play a fair part in the flow of the two-hour show. It’s all part of the fun.

Classic Crack-Ups begin at 7:30 p.m. Participants must show proof of vaccination and wear masks when inside.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Expo Arts Center is at 4321 Atlantic Ave.


A representative from Ten Mile Brewing hands a beer to a festival-goer at Craft Beer LB Fest, which is hosting a new beer festival that features 45 home brewers from across Southern California on Saturday, March 19. Photo courtesy of Craft Beer LB.

On Saturday, March 19 at Rancho Los Cerritos, 45 home brewers from southern home brewing clubs battle it out for the title of best beer.

There will be both a jury winner and a popular vote, which means your drinking matters, and to be sure, there will be plenty to drink. In addition to 45 homebrews each bringing five gallons of their best, guests can also enjoy unlimited tastings from local brews including Beachwood Brewing, Liberation Brewing Co, Ambitious Ales, Ten Mile Brewing, and Syncopated Brewing.

General admission tickets are $35 and include unlimited installments from professional brewers and home brewers. Attendees who purchase a VIP ticket for $55 can enter the festival one hour earlier. The event is family friendly and allows children 15 and under to enter for free. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Craft Beer LB Homebrew Invitational will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 18 and will take place at Rancho Los Cerritos at 4600 Virginia Rd.


Photo of fermented vegetables courtesy of Fermentality Lab.

Damian Ross and Ilkay Basugar are the founders of Fermentality, a local business that specializes in selling fermented vegetables at farmers markets in Los Angeles and Orange County. On Saturday, March 19, they’re hosting a workshop from 4-6 p.m. in Compound where they’ll teach you how to make your own fermented foods at home.

Ross and Basugar will focus on kimchi and sauerkraut for this demonstration, providing insight into lacto-fermentation and an in-depth history of the impact of sour vegetables on Western culture. They’ll also give you recipes and equipment lists so you know exactly what you need to get started at home.

After the lecture, history lesson, demonstration and Q&A, attendees can sample some of Fermentality’s foods.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale and start at $5. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The compound is at 1395 Coronado Ave.


Knead My Eats Pandan Cheesecake Bar is one of nine Filipino bakeries participating in the Pandan Party Dessert Festival at the Kubo Event Center at Bixby Knolls on Saturday, March 19. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Ube Festival.

From the organizers of the Long Beach Ube Festival, comes a new dessert and bake festival this time featuring the popular Southeast Asian plant, pandan. If you’ve never eaten it, its flavor profile is described as herbaceous with hints of rose, vanilla, almond, and coconut depending on how it’s used.

Pandan Party at the new Kubo event space at Bixby Knolls on Saturday, March 19 will feature nine businesses selling a variety of pandan desserts, including pandan cheesecake bars (see above), pandan cinnamon rolls, cookies, pastries and juices. Attendees can also shop at a variety of local businesses selling plants, clothing, jewelry, art and more.

Admission is $5 and will only be accepted at the door. Guests wishing to go to the front of the line are encouraged to confirm their attendance, Click here.

For more vendor information, visit the Long Beach Ube Festival Instagram page, here. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kubo is at 345 E. Carson St.


A bulldog gets a stomach scratch during judging of the 15th annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant at Marine Stadium in Long Beach on Sunday. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)

Local community activist Justin Rudd hosts his 17th annual Bulldog Beauty Pageant at the Grenada boat launch next to Rosie’s Dog Beach, where hundreds of big, barrel-chested K-9s are expected to strut their stuff on a 60-foot red carpet and compete for a variety of honors such as Best Small Dog, Most Beautiful Dog, Best Senior Dog and, of course, Best in Show.

Costumes are not encouraged for this competition, which is judged on the puppies’ charm, first impression, face (smashed), build and personality. Those who would like to participate can still for $10, Click here, but for attendees, you can just ride up to enjoy the show. However, if you want to reserve a spot along the catwalk, you can pay $5 cash at the event.

The Bulldog Beauty Pageant begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. Click here for timetable information.

Rosie’s Dog Beach is at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.


A group of roller skaters is skating on the roadway. Photo courtesy of Pedal Movement/Facebook.

At this point, chances are you’ve heard of Pedal Movement’s Sunday Roller Disco, a free event that invites the community, from beginners to pros, to come out and skate together.

This Sunday, March 20 is no exception, except this time DJ POPTART will be bringing some funk, groove and good stuff to the sidewalk.

If you don’t have skates, you can book a $10 rental from Pedal Movement, Click here for more information. Free skating is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunset Skate Session will take place at the Junipero Beach basketball courts at 1 Junipero Ave.


A young girl with her face painted participating in the Purim celebration at the Jewish Community Center in Alpert. Photo courtesy of Alpert Jewish Community Center.

The Purim holiday celebrated by Jewish communities is one of their most joyous celebrations of the year and commemorates the rescue of the Jewish subjects of Persia from execution at the hands of Haman, an official of the Achaemenid Empire, as told in the Book of Esther.

Although Purim officially begins at sundown on March 16, the Alpert Jewish Community Center celebrates the holiday with the community from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 with “Hocus! Pocus! Hamentaschen! a family-friendly carnival affair with crafts, games, face painting and heaps of hamantaschen, which is a triangle-shaped pastry stuffed with chocolate, poppy seeds and other fillings.

Tickets for the outdoor festival are $10, unless you are a member of AJCC or Temple Israel Long Beach and only have to pay $5. Children under 2 years old enter for free. Click here to purchase tickets in advance, although tickets can also be purchased at the door, if capacity permits.

The Alpert Jewish Community Center is located at 3801 E. Willow St.



Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual International Children’s Festival, an event celebrating the incredible talents of children from a diverse set of cultures on Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

This festival features dance and music performances by children representing a variety of international cultures. Each year, the Aquarium presents its annual Young Hero Award to a child in recognition of their outstanding service to people and the planet.

The festival is free with general admission to the Aquarium, for more details visit

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way.