Let the Good Times Roll! First Fridays February Brings Mardi Gras to Bixby Knolls

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feb-first-fridaysLaissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! First Fridays on February 1 lets the good times roll and brings Mardi Gras to Bixby Knolls. Enjoy Dixieland music, food, king cake, mask making, and plenty of beads to keep things festive. You are encouraged to stroll, dance, strut, walk, or skip while you follow Queen Kelli Johnson and King John Royce around Atlantic Avenue.

Stop into each business to collect the different beads and see all the great things being offered. Other ingredients of the night include: Live art, fabulous music, beaded goats, Cajun cuisine, Toaster Music’s “Sound Lab”, creation stations, break dancers, Timstrument, interactive art projects, free books, gift items, antiques, Bixby Dixieland, beads, Big Red Bus, and plenty of the unexpected…all mixed together like gumbo.

You can also experience the “Great L.A. Air Raid of 1942” in thrilling 15-minute performances at the Richard Goad Theatre (with special guest Al Austin).

Councilmember James Johnson’s “First Books at First Fridays” at the Dana Branch Library features LBUSD Board of Education Member Diana Craighead as the guest reader beginning at 5:30pm.

8th District Councilmember Al Austin’s “Council on Your Corner” will be set up at Atlantic & Burlinghall to meet and greet attendees.
Stop by Bella Cosa (3803 Atlantic) from 6:30pm – 8:00pm to find all the information about First Fridays, maps, business info, and restaurant recommendations.

When the businesses start to close, “First Fridays After Hours” begins. Nino’s Italian Restaurant will feature its “Blues Lounge” and late night dining and beverages. The Factory and EJ Malloy’s also 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 Big Red Bus that will transport you venue to venue from designated stops at the participating businesses.

Full listing of participating businesses at: www.firstfridayslongbeach.com

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