Idea Fest: Long Beach Transforms Zaferia District Into Classroom for a Day

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On Saturday, June 7, 2014, 14 students from the 25th anniversary class of Leadership Long Beach will host Idea Fest: Long Beach (IF:LB), a community-based festival that will transform the Zaferia District into a fun classroom environment. The festival will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 7: 00 p.m. and will also include live entertainment, arts and food.

Classes will take place at Alex’s Bar, Joe Jost’s Building, Gladys Urban Farm, Artist Co-Op, and outside of the new Orizaba Park Community Center. Class topics will include Bugs and Farming, Understanding Mexican Culture through Music, Chi Running, The History of Punk Music in Long Beach, and an overview of the Oil Islands of Long Beach, just to name a few. 

Free musical and dance performances will take place in Orizaba Park at 1435 Orizaba Avenue. On the Main Stage, entertainment will include the Long Beach Community Band, Martin Espino, Riot Stage, Peacemakers, LA Unbound, and other great local performers. The day’s activities will be emceed by the talented Josh Fischell of Riot Stage.

Amy Eriksen, who co-owns and operates nearby Sliced & Diced Eatery and serves as one of the IF:LB project managers, said “for one day, four Zaferia businesses and Orizaba Park will become a thriving campus for residents and business and community leaders to exchange ideas, enjoy live music, sample foods from local restaurants and food trucks, and actively participate in the future of Long Beach.”

Participation in Idea Fest: Long Beach is open to all members of the community. Thanks to several sponsors, most events throughout the day at Orizaba Park are free for all attendees.

Participation in the class offerings is available for $4 each. Classroom tickets and other information can be found at

Idea Fest Sponsors include Aquarium of the Pacific, East Anaheim Street Business Association (EASBA), City of Long Beach, Joe Jost’s, Millworks, Munifed Energy, Redemption Church of Long Beach, and Sliced & Diced Eatery.

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