First Fridays American Beauty


Everyone’s favorite summer holiday is upon us and First Fridays plans to start the patriotic long weekend off right! Join us July 1 for music, art, FLAG RETIREMENT Al Austinsummer games, ice cream, balloon animals, face painting, and as always, community spirit!

  • Stressed about parking during First Fridays? We are partnering with the City of Long Beach Public Works Department and RideLongBeach.org to bring you a temporary bike lane on each side of Atlantic Avenue on July 1! There will also be two FREE bike valets, one a Expo and one at Clover, and bike share!
  • 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!bike lb
    • Toaster Music has curated two amazing shows in the north and south galleries. In the north gallery the art of Jennifer Cielo will be on display while in the south gallery an exhibit by artist, Francisco Palmores, will take place.
    • 2 FREE screenings of “Mojee” by artists, Cory Bilicko, will take place in The Kids Theatre Company.
    • The Back Room Theatre will host the First Fridays poets.
  • Troop 29 will hold their annual flag retirement at Georgie’s Place. Feel free to bring a flag for the ceremony.
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and The Water Replenishment District are raffling off baskets of goodies. Get a raffle ticket with a $2 donation. All funds raised for the night will go to Support at Home, which helps troops and their families. You do not have to be present to WIN!
  • Start Independence Day weekend off at EJ Malloy’s with 4th of July inspired cocktails, deep fried Twinkie Banana Splits and All American Pitchers (Bud Light, Coors Lite) for only $11.
  • Twig & Willow will be very busy on First Fridays hosting the lovely Alyssandra Nighswonger, LB Creamery, and a EPK Candles work shop! Pop in for all the action!july 1 FF
  • AndyLiz is holding a huge First Fridays sale featuring 20% off select items, buy one get one FREE tent sale,  and will be introducing two new local artists they will be carrying in the shop, Hank and Jean Jewelry and Daily Threads!
  • Pack 32 will provide FREE s’mores all night, and every First Fridays during summer, at AndyLiz!
  • Secrets of the Islands will give away FREE 10 minute chair massages and will be taking future reservations!
  • Stop by Nino’s Italian Restaurant and Oh Very Young to say happy anniversary!
  • The newest public art addition is finished on the corner of Atlantic and San Antonio thanks to the hard work of Noel Madrid, Tracy Negrete, and the famous Bixby Knolls architect Don Gibbs!
  • Pop into the Kids Craft Zone at Oh Very Young at their new location at 3803 Atlantic Avenue!
  • The Homeland Cultural Center will be pop locking with the help of Dubs One spinning all the best hip-hop and R&B and the First Fridays spray crew providing the art on 3939 South.graff brooks
  • Stop by The Better Half Boutique for all your 4th of July decor that will be 20% off all night! They will also have plenty of patriotic treats such as red, white, and blue sangria, cherry hand pies,  and $.50 popcorn!
  • A Castle of Books is having a HUGE moving SALE! Pop by for rare books and comics!
  • The Cog & Crank will host the Garage Theatre Improv Group!
  • Free Spirit Yoga will host children’s activities for the night.
  • Drop into the Allery for our 5th art installation. This round’s featured artist is Cynthia Lujan. Also in the allery, DJ Bix will be spinning the hits.
  • Grab a $5 margarita at Lola’s Mexican Restaurant and groove to their house jazz band!
  • Cool down with a healthy juice from Love of Juice at Rick Wicked’s!
  • The Barrelhousers will perform a very special patriotic set at Ground Control near the Expo Arts Center!
  • 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: The Barrelhousers at Ground Control, Alyssandra Nighswonger at Twig & Willow, Rene Marino at About U, Grooove Switch at 3939 north platform, Billy Rose at Trader Joes, Laura Wiley at Willmore Wine Bar, DNA at DRNK, Nothing But Flowers at Aura Thai/Bella Pizza, Moon Glow at Historical Society of Long Beach, and John Dean at Clover.
  • First Fridays favorites are back such as Hedgehog Swing at Coffee Bean, Lee Hansen at Goldhill Salon, The Funny Valentines at The Breakfast Club of Long Beach, Joe Perez at Bake n Broil, 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, Nino’s Italian Restaurant, Weiland Brewery, Willmore, Atun, 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.