The Pacific coastal town of Long Beach, California, has long been known as an international city. The city is home to one of the largest shipping ports in the world, and it brings with it a large influx of people from all over the world. Many cultural groups exist within the city limits of Long Beach, which is why it is nicknamed the "International City". Long Beach is proud of its unique blend of residents celebrating all the different nationalities and cultures that exist in the city. Throughout the year, residents and visitors can participate in any number of cultural festivals. Here are just some of the festivals that take place in Long Beach:
The Queen Mary Scottish Festival
The Queen Mary Scottish Festival is a celebration of Scottish heritage. The festival will take place in February each year at Queen Mary, which is one of the most famous ships ever built on the Clyde River, testifying to the great skill of the Scottish people. The cultural celebration will include music by Scottish bagpipes and drums, several high-dance competitions, whiskey tastings and more.
SoCal Italian Festival
The SoCal 2010 Italian Festival takes place every May at the Seaport Marina Hotel as part of its indoor gardens and swimming pool. The goal of the festival is to keep the "taste of Italy" alive within the SoCal area with a variety of vendors, including Lucci's gelato and Italian ice, Unico Los Angeles Pizza and Mediterranean Marble, to name but a few. Part of the proceeds from the SoCal Italian Festivals will go to Long Beach Animal Friends.
Will olaule Tiki Beach Festival
The 10th annual Tiki Beach House Festival is held every August on the beach from sunrise to sunset. The festival hosts a number of activities, including the "Night of Fire" torch lighting, a fire walk, a knife dance, the Ludwig Al Evans Tiki Museum, and island music. The festival has a Taste of Aloha Food Court where you can try the island style fare and Island Market Place and Cultural Center when you can buy traditional island art and crafts. The Hula Praise and Worship Service will be held on Sunday morning.
For more than 60 years, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Long Beach celebrated the Greek festival on Labor Day. The festival boasts a number of activities for the whole family, including carnival rides and games, church tours, Greek dance lessons, dance performances, live music, and a variety of Greek food and desserts to try. The festival is open daily from noon to 9pm. Admission to the festival requires a small donation from the church and parking is free.
Brazilian Street Carnival
The annual Brazilian Street Carnival takes place in the promenade amphitheater in September and features a colorful parade of costumed attendees, dance performances, live music and traditional Brazilian food and drink. Residents of Long Beach, California, are a diverse group of people who embrace their heritage and invite others to experience a fraction of their culture through annual festivals. These cultural festivals are a great way to spend the weekend getting to know your neighbors.