Valentine’s Weekend: Events in Long Beach that aren’t all about romance

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If you listen to the news it’s easy to start thinking that February 14 is all about flowers, hearts and romance. Not true! In fact, we found quite a few Long Beach events happening over Valentine’s weekend that have nothing at all to do with love and lace.

That’s not to say that your honey won’t enjoy these events. In fact, many couples probably have a lot more fun holding hands and hanging out than stressing out over which fork to use in a high-class restaurant. If you’re into kilts, bird-watching, local architecture or jogging, then start here when planning your calendar for Valentine’s weekend. Who knows, you might just find that going to a car show is the most romantic gift you could ever give him.

And, if you’d prefer to get dressed up and hit the town, then try these links for fancy restaurants or Long Beach sunsets.

Valentine’s Blues with Boxcar Seven

Boxcar Seven live at The Cellar in Downtown Long Beach. Saturday Feb 13 from 7pm to 8pm. No cover and great food served up by one of Long Beach’s best live music venues. Boxcar Seven plays hits from great artists like Ray Charles, Etta James, B.B King, Van Morrison, Albert King, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton and many many more of the all time greats in soul and blues. Visit

Valentine’s Day Concert at the Terrace Theater

Grammy-winning artist Norman Brown with Brenda Russell, Phil Perry, Jessy J., Gail Jhonson and special guest Jonathan Butler, will appear at the Terrace Theater for a special Valentine’s Day Jazz Concert. Sunday, Feb 14 7:00 p.m. at Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, CA. Price: $40.00 – $60.00.

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Carpenter Center

If you and your Valentine share a macabre streak and a sense of humor, then Sweeney Todd would be a great Valentine’s gift. And, if you’re just trying to forget about “that” day, let Sweeney remind you why love sucks. Performances are Thursday–Saturday at 8:00 p.m. with weekend matinees at 2:00 p.m. For tickets, call the Musical Theatre West box office at (562) 856-1999 or go online to For information, start by reading our review of Sweeney Todd.

Jack and Jill, a romance By Jane Martin

Love is in the air at the Hellada Gallery this February with guest artists Alive Theatrevolution. This roller-coaster relationship traverses the depths of modern matrimony, sparked with transcending insight and acerbic wit. Jack and Jill is a fly-on-the wall exploration that forces an audience to examine the hardship of balancing intimacy with commitment, self discovery and personal change. Saturday, Feb 13 8:00 p.m. at Hellada Art Center, 117 Linden Avenue.

Our Town at the Long Beach Playhouse

Fictional Grover’s Corners embraces the essence of small town life taking audiences through time to find meaning in common activities and understand the ephemeral nature of life. Sunday Matinee February 14 at 2:00 p.m. Call (562) 494-1014 for more information and tickets.

The Velveteen Rabbit

GO-FAME children’s theatre proudly presents “The Velveteen Rabbit.” This production features a new adaptation for the stage by theatre director Bethany Price, with original music by Erik Przytulski and choreography by Lori Coulis. Performances on Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 14 at 2:00 pm at the CSULB University Theater. Go-Fame website

Love Architecture? Visit the Villa Riviera

The iconic Villa Riviera invites visitors for a rare Home Tour on Sunday, February 14, from noon to 4:00 p.m. After the Home Tour stay for a reception hosted by the East Village Art Association. Tickets will be available at the door, or may be purchased in advance by calling (562) 436-1020 or via PayPal on the Friends of the Villa Riviera website.

Long Beach Playhouse’s 80th Anniversary at a Speakeasy

If you know the password, the doors open at 5:30 p.m. to Joey’s Speakeasy and the Playhouse’s vintage anniversary celebration. Festivities, food and a “shocking story” unfold in an “absolutely arresting” evening. Visit their website for all the details,

Second Saturday Art Walk

Each month during the Art Walk art galleries and retail shops stay open until late and Linden Avenue is transformed into a street art fair by local artists. Saturday, Feb 13 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. East Village around Linden Avenue and 1st Street.

Last chance for Sweet Subversives

Sweet Subversives is a unique gathering of 32 drawings by Southern California artists now showing at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Regardless of the subject or materials these drawings reflect the idiosyncratic but widely fantastic art created in the LA area. Sweet Subversives will close February 14. Visit for details.

Great Backyard Bird Count and Audubon Bird Walk

Join the Nature Center and become a scientist for the day. Help count and participate in the nationwide efforts to collect aviary data. The information gathered helps to determine the effects of global warming on birds.
Saturday, February 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at El Dorado Nature Center. Call (562) 570-4876 for more information.

Don’t feel like counting? Visit the Nature Center the next day and join members of El Dorado Audubon for a morning walk. Saturday, February 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Free.

Queen Mary Scottish Festival

The sound of bagpipes and brogues will fill the ship and surrounding seaport during
one of Southern California’s largest celebrations of Scottish culture. Highland dancing, bagpipe bands and sheep-herding dogs are a sampling of what awaits at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival on Feb. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Long Beach.

Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet

The Ecology Auto Parts Long Beach Hi-Performance Swap Meet is held at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Meet vendor selling new and used classic, antique, and high performance car and truck parts, tools, and accessories. Stroll the Car Corral to gaze at the antique, classic, and high performance cars and trucks. Tickets cost $10. Sunday, February 14 from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 5000 East Lew Davis Street.

Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition

This belly dance competition will be held at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. There will be vendors, dance workshops, celebrity judges, performances and competitions. February 13–14; 300 East Ocean Boulevard.

World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour

The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour is a new kind of event that showcases the hobby of model railroading. Sponsored by the Hobby Manufacturers Association – Model Railroad Division and by the World’s Greatest Hobby Program, the show is intended to introduce the general public to model railroading in an entertaining, lively and family-friendly atmosphere. There will be hands on operating railroads for both children and adults. $10 admission. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard.

I Heart 2 Run 5K

Take off in the inaugural I Heart 2 Run 5k on Valentine’s Day. Sponsored by a Long Beach marathon team, with proceeds going to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Pre-registration required, visit their website. Sunday, February 14 at 8:30 a.m. Meet at Belmont Plaza Pool, 1 Bennett Avenue.


One Response to “Valentine’s Weekend: Events in Long Beach that aren’t all about romance”
  1. CE Webster says:

    Sounds like a fun Valentine’s Day Weekend. My sweetie would find it fun with lots to do.