Longshoremen Weekend Guide: August 9-12, 2012

Lots of fun things happening in the South Bay and surrounding areas – from a jazz fest to a free concert at the waterfront, art exhibits and brews at the zoo – yeah, I typed that right. You won’t be bored this weekend because your Longshoremen Weekend Guide is ready!

Thursday, August 9
Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12
Admission: Various prices. Enjoy over 50 events, 150 wineries and 100 celebrity chefs including Wolfgang Puck, Giada de Larrentiis, Michael Chiarello, Guy Fieri and more. Food, wine and entertainment wrapped into one. For events, location and details, visit the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival website or call 1-877-234-8425.

Summer Concert Series on the LA Waterfront
Thursday, August 9 at 6 PM
Admission: FREE. Bring your chair and enjoy free, live music. Pre-concert entertainment for this Thursday: strolling juggler Chris Grabher starting at 6 PM. After, enjoy Sugah Daddy, a swing/boogie and blues band. Location: Gateway Plaza Fanfare Fountains in San Pedro, CA 90731 (Harbor Blvd.  and Vincent Thomas Bridge). For more information, visit the Port of LA website.

Friday, August 10
Brew at the Zoo
Friday, August 10 6 PM – 10 PM
Admission: $40-$45. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Sample beer from local craft and microbreweries, all within the LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Beer samples: 4.5 ounces. Entertainment includes comedians from the Laugh Factory, DJ MorningStar, local bands and more. Location: Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive in Los Angeles, CA 90027. For more details, visit the Brew at the Zoo website.

Long Beach Jazz Festival
Friday, August 10 – Sunday, August 12
Admission: Various prices; $55-$185. Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Long Beach Jazz Festival and enjoy a great line-up, from classic R&B to hot summer night jazz. VIP seating available. Food, music, art and more! Location: Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach, CA 90802. To purchase tickets or for more details, visit the Long Beach Jazz Festival website

Saturday, August 11
See The Sea at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Saturday, August 11 9 AM – 12 PM
Admission: $25-$28. Pre-registration is required. Call 310-548-7562 to reserve your spot. Become part of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium floating marine biology lab. The hands-on trip will be aboard a specially equipped vessel. Study some of the near shore animals, learn about plankton and various marine life. Location: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro, CA 90731. For more information, visit the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium website.

Seaside Artwalk in Redondo Beach
Sunday, August 12 10 AM – 4 PM
Admission: FREE. Enjoy this open exhibition featuring paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures and wearable art. Location: Redondo Beach Marina, 181 N. Harbor Drive in Redondo Beach, CA 90277. For information, visit the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce website.

Great Sand Sculpture Contest
Saturday, August 11 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, August 12 10 AM – 2 PM
Admission: FREE. Visit the 80th Great Sand Sculpture Contest this Saturday and Sunday! Build your own sculpture or enjoy the sand sculptures built by professionals, corporate and community teams. The event will also have arts and crafts vendors, live music, food and a kid’s zone. Location: Granada Beach, 1 Granada Avenue in Long Beach, CA 90803. Visit the Great Sand Sculpture Contest website.

Sunday, August 12
14th Annual Ecuadorian Festival and Parade
Sunday, August 12 12 PM – 6 PM
Admission: FREE. Join 10,000 Ecuadorians and 2,500 Latinos from other countries! Enjoy Ecuadorian Food, Ecuadorian Arts & Crafts, Ecuadorian musical groups, lots of free gifts, carnival games and more. Location: Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda Street in Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Do you plan to attend any of these events?

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Alejandra Gutierrez Alex is the new Social Media Specialist for the ILWU Credit Union. She's a 'nerd' at heart who enjoys community building. Her obsessions: baked goods and old mariachi ballads.