First Fridays American Beauty


Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is upon us and First Fridays plans on carrying on the patriotic tradition through the weekend! Join us July 7 for music, art,FLAG RETIREMENT Al Austin ice cream, balloon animals, face painting, and as always, community spirit!

  • The Expo Art Center will have plenty of arts and cultural experiences for everyone!
    • The main room will have over 30 different artists with various styles from fine art to photography to animation!
    • Toaster Music has curated two amazing shows in the north and south galleries. In the north gallery the art of Dean Triolo will be on display while in the south gallery an exhibit by artist, Tidawhitney Lek, will take place.
    • A photo exhibit by Nash Jacquez will be on display in the north room.
    • The Back Room Theatre will host the First Fridays poets.18953097_10155181213072534_389585233338684438_n
  • Troop 29 will hold their annual flag retirement at Georgie’s Place. Feel free to bring a flag for the ceremony.
  • Drop by Mommy 4D with the kids to design 4th of July themed hats and t-shirts!
  • The Better Half Boutique will honor the great American past time of baseball by raffling off 2 Angels tickets! Receive a raffle ticket with any $50 purchase!
  • Get up close and personal with cuddly reptiles? Rick Wicked’s will host Reptile Adventures during First Fridays and the ukelele group, Popoki house!
  • Twig&Willow has a packed night with ice cream from Long Beach Creamery, Face painting by Lizbeth, Henna art by Naomi & Sarah, and a FREE Jewelry Gift w/ any Gorjana Jewelry purchase!
  • Start your American Beauty festivities off at EJ Malloy’s with 4th of July inspired cocktails such as watermelon margaritas, cucumber margaritas, and firecracker cocktails!smores
  • Unplugged in the Bus is on its 7th trip during this First Fridays! Enjoy poetry, music, and story telling on your way to the festivities from the Michelle Obama Library! Festivities starts at 5pm!
  • What better way to celebrate Summer than a block party, and a social good one at that! Share & Do Good Long Beach hosts Conscious Corner, a social good block party. They’ve gathered a group of amazing do good brands each making the world a better place through the work they’re doing around the world. To add to the excitement, Share and Do Good will be having special discounts all night.
  • Get your cheese fix at Cheese Addiction! They’ll be tabling in front of their soon to be open shop at 4238 Atlantic Avenue!
  • Kids, big and small, can get their faces painted at Boardwalk Properties, Twig&Willow and The Rivera Group!2013 ssp
  • Stop by Jammin’ Music for their monthly student showcase and jam session!
  • Pack 32 will provide FREE s’mores all night, and every First Fridays during summer, at AndyLiz!
  • Pop by Secrets of the Islands for their First Fridays festivities! Get a FREE 10 minute chair massage, a picture with Punchie the Pineapple, Guamanian treats, and enjoy music by Zay 2Three and Five 6 Deuce!
  • Join The Bixby Trading Post for their Pop-Up books store, spoken word performances and cyanotype art installation.
  • The amazing TAEAO NA LUA POLYNESIAN DANCE GROUP will join us for First Fridays American Beauty! Shuffle over to the former Tuttle Camera space to see all the action!
  • Head over to Pixie Baby for First Books! Story time starts at 6pm!
  • Free Spirit Yoga will host the art exhibit “The Eyes Have It”.
  • Drop into the Allery for our 9th art installation. This round’s featured artist is Nat Iosbaker. Also in the allery, DJ Bix will be spinning the hits!nats work Also in the allery, DJ Bix will be spinning the hits.
  • Pop into the First Fridays Night Market at Bixby and Atlantic. The market features a farmers market, artisan crafters, and live music!
  • Stop by Jammin’ Music for their monthly student showcase and jam session!4th
  • FREE parking at the Bixby Business Center on the corner of Atlantic and San Antonio.
  • Special guest entertainment for the month: Janie the Band at Ground Control, Billy Rose at Trader Joes, The Bandoliers at Willmore Wine Bar, Cat Cafe at DRNK, That Cover Band at Aura Thai/Bella Pizza, Tian at Lola’s, Popoki House at Rick Wickeds, Zay 2Three and Five 6 Deuce at Secrets of the Islands, Yeggi Watts at Historical Society of Long Beach, and John Dean at Clover.
  • First Fridays favorites are back such as Hedgehog Swing at Coffee Bean, DJ Phil at 3939 North, DJ Bill at SteelCraft, Toaster Music at Expo Arts Center and Hot Club at Georgie’s Place.2013 ssp
  • Get your vinyl fix with the Record Truck!

When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Lola’s Mexican Restaurant, Rasselbock Kitchen + Bier Garten,  Weiland Brewery, Willmore, Lola’s and EJ Malloy’s go late into the night with food, drinks, and music. Why go home early? Stay out late and continue the energy Dine on Art-Lantic Avenue at one of our tasty restaurants then grab the trolley that will transport you venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses.