First Fridays Endless Summer


Our favorite season is coming to an end but luckily we are squeezing every FF Sept 2last bit of sunshine out of the sky with First Fridays Endless Summer! On September 2nd, we will host music, dance, food, art, and community organizations from around Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles area!

  • 8th District Councilmember Al Austin and the Youth Ambassador Council will hold a youth mixer in the north parking lot of Expo Arts Center
  • Stop by the Artspace Pop-Up at Carson and Atlantic. This months featured artist in Amy Sundahl.
  • Face Painting Stations: Pixie Toys, Boardwalk Properties and Esquire Barber Shop
  • Photo Booths: TALB, Secrets of the Islands, Boardwalk Properties
  • Get in the summer spirit at Secrets of the Island with a FREE lei after each 10 minute chair massage!
  • TALB is resuming their regular schedule with lots of great activities including crafts, music, and the LB Free Store.
  • Drop into the Allery for its 6th art installation. This round features artists from FA4 Collective: Jeff Dulla, Romina Del Castillo, Liz C’ranza, and Gloria Sanchez have re-created desertscapes from Joshua Tree National Park. The allery install will kick off their artist residency in partnership with Joshua Tree National Park and Joshua Tree National Park Council for the Arts. Also in the allery, DJ Bix will be spinning the hits.14051583_10101989991792597_5083174426973411164_n
  • The Expo Art Center is packed with art and activities!
    • The main room will have over 30 different artists with various styles from fine art to photography to animation!
    • Toaster Music and Connie Ericson have curated two amazing shows in the north and south galleries. The north gallery will feature music by Toaster Music with special guest Phog 13892114_10154341297293638_6725261027247568015_nMasheen, art by metalist Mark Edwards, and dance by Maha & Co. The south gallery will feature art by Leonora June, Steve Martinez, Jennie Huggins, and Emily Gordon.
    • The Back Room Theatre will host the First Fridays “Never Speak” poets.
  • AndyLiz is holding a big end of summer sale with up to 40% off!14101788_10105183079968092_1458890120_n
  • Take a break and grab a refreshing Endless Summer themed cocktail at EJ Malloy’s during the festivities.
  • Pack 32 will provide FREE s’mores all night and every First Fridays during summer at AndyLiz!
  • Drop the kids off at Digital Revolution for their First Fridays Minecraft work shop for only $25! Spaces are limited.
  • The Better Half Boutique will give away an Endless Summer goodie bag with every purchase during First Fridays! They will also be serving up summer time treats and hosting a BIG end of summer sale!
  • Head to Twig & Willow for their big summer sale and receive a gift with every $50 purchase! They will also being scooping ice cream from Long Beach Creamery and beats will be provided by DJ Save Zamora!
  • 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.
  • A Castle of Books is having a HUGE moving SALE! Pop by for rare books and comics!
  • Goodwill is joining First Fridays to promote their new concept store, Edgar & James, which will take over the former Trader Joe’s building. This new concept is a high end curated store that carefully selects donated items.14081313_10105183079953122_1585413824_n
  • Free Spirit Yoga will host an artist exhibit by Jill Duncan with sound selection by Eusebio Akasa.
  • 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!
  • FREE parking at the Bixby Business Center on the corner of Atlantic and San Antonio.
  • Special guest entertainment for the month: DJ Bill at El Pocho Grill, Billy Rose at Trader Joes, The Alexanders at Willmore Wine Bar, DJ Bix at The Allery, Lisa Spykers at Aura Thai/Bella Pizza, Jason 14081389_10105183079958112_1833367406_nWilliams at Society of Long Beach, Eric and the Giant Clams at Lola’s, Kelly Fitzgerald at EJ Malloys, DJ Mike Steady at DRNK, Darren Bien at About U, Darden at 3939 Atlantic North and John Dean at Clover.
  • First Fridays favorites are back such as Majic Bullet Theory at Ground Control, 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.
  • Get your vinyl fix with the Record Truck!14088869_10105183079963102_619167096_n

When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Lola’s Mexican Restaurant, Weiland Brewery, Willmore, 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