Long Beach Sea Festival hosts a summer full of fun events

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long-beach-sea-festivalThe annual Charter Communications Long Beach Sea Festival, a three-month-long series of beach, ocean and summer-fun events celebrating the Southern California experience, is set to begin the last week of June with events all summer.

Three major weekend events officially kick off Sea Festival 2009: the start of Transpac, the 2,225-nautical-mile yacht race from Long Beach to Hawaii (June 27–July 5), USA Volleyball International Development Qualifier Tournament and the popular Pier Daze and Pirate Festival, a living history of Pirates that includes an “attack” on the Long Beach Memorial Veterans Pier (both June 27-28). In addition, youth sailing aboard the tall ship American Pride will take place on June 25.

Sea Festival continues through Sept. 13 with nearly 100 events that include Moonlight Movies on the Beach, Concerts in the Park, as well as a series of Fourth of July revelry that will celebrate our nation’s birthday, Long Beach-style!

Several new events being added for Sea Festival 2009 include: Beach Tennis USA and the Long Beach Car Show (both July 4-5) and Discovery Channel Shark Week Outdoor Screening at the Aquarium of the Pacific (every Sunday in July), and two youth outdoor theatre events – Shakespeare by the Sea for Kids (Aug 22) and Children’s Popcorn Theater (Aug 29).

Other popular Sea Festival events include the Kid’s Fishing Rodeo (July 30) Crawfish Festival (Aug. 1-2), Dragon Boat Festival (Aug 1-2), Capture the Wind Festival (Aug. 8), the Great Sandcastle Contest (Aug. 15), Tiki Beach Festival (Aug. 22-23) and the Sept. 11-13 Lobster Festival, the final event of Sea Festival 2009.

In keeping with Long Beach’s reputation as a great sports city, Long Beach Sea Festival 2009 includes several volleyball events, the 61st annual Catalina Ski Race (July 11) personal water craft race (July 12), Offshore Powerboat Race (July 12), the Long Beach Sprint Nationals, featuring high-powered “circle boat” races (Aug. 8-9) and an Pacific Open Water Swim (Aug. 23), among many others.

A complete list of all activities, with event location and information, can be found at the official Charter Communications Long Beach Sea Festival website – www.LongBeachSeaFestival.com.

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