Things to do in Long Beach this weekend including… Kitten Social Time and Strawberry Fields • the Hi-lo

It’s a big weekend. Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, two events that this list is not for this weekend. If you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day help, click here, and if you’re not sure where to get your Sunday chicken wing fix, we’ve rounded up some great places for that too.

Now that we’ve sorted that out, if you fancy enjoying your weekend with some off the beaten path activities, we’ve found a social hour with cats, a local strawberry vodka launch party, a few food events , an LGBTQ+ roller skate meetup, and even a new gallery to check out.

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FEBRUARY HAPPY MEOWER – FELINE GOOD SOCIAL CLUB (Friday – Monday)

February Happy Meower flyer courtesy of the Feline Good Social Club website.

Resident cat lounge, Feline Good Social Club, is launching a new one-hour social hour where you can hang out with their treasure trove of foster cats (and kittens) while sipping wine and munching on chocolates.

The great thing about Feline Good Social Club is knowing that every hour you spend with their adoptive cats helps them acclimate more to people and improves their chances of being adopted. Feline Good said there are currently over 25 cats in their living room, so do your best to give them all proper petting.

February’s “Happy Meower” will run for four days from Friday, February 11 until Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $25 and include a free glass of wine and chocolates, as well as entry into a raffle where one person can win free FGSC merchandise. Tickets can be purchased online, Click here.

Feline Good Social Club is located at 301 Atlantic Ave.

WILLE’S TIN SHOP STRAWBERRY FIELDS VODKA RELEASE PARTY – ROXANNE’S (Friday)

Wille’s Tin Shop Strawberry Fields Vodka Launch Party Flyer Courtesy of Wille’s Tin Shop / Instagram.

Local distillery, Wille’s Tin Shop, will celebrate the release of its new vodka, Strawberry Fields, with tastings, live music and tacos on Friday, February 11 at Roxanne’s Bar in Cal Heights.

The new fruit-flavored vodka is a collaboration with the Ramirez Strawberry Ranch in West Long Beach, which was renamed Santa Fe Strawberries this year and is now owned by a longtime Ramirez Strawberry Ranch worker before the family had to step back after its owner, Rigoberto Ramirez Sr., died last year at age 85. All of the strawberries used in the new vodka come directly from the Santa Fe Strawberries Ranch.

On the outing, Wille’s Tin Shop will honor the life of Rigoberto Ramirez Sr., where guests can also meet the rest of the Ramirez family and meet the head distiller of Wille’s Tin Shop. Guests can taste the new vodka, eat carne asada strawberry tacos and see local fiddler Jordan Busa perform live.

The event, which is free, runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Roxanne’s bar is at 1115 E. Wardlow Road.

LONG BEACH VEGAN SOCIAL – HAWK BAR (Saturday)

The Long Beach Vegan Social is here to save you the trouble of searching for vegan fare, where from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, February 12, six plant-based businesses bring their vegan food and drink directly to Long Beach. .

Participating businesses include fried chicken and comfort food from overlay, Vegan Whooligan‘s American food, pizza’s Secret Vegan PizzaLatin foods from Mom’s Tamalessoul food and desserts from Vegination and pastries from Sneaky Vegan Bakery.

Long Beach Vegan Social at Hawk Bar is both indoors and outdoors and is free for all ages, but if you want to be inside the bar you must be at least 21 years old or older.

The Hawk Bar is located at 468 W. Anaheim St.

ROLLER SKATE LGBTQ+ MEETING – ROSIE’S DOG BEACH (Saturday)

Members of the Badfish Roller Derby skate on Ocean Boulevard. Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Bike and skate rental company, Pedal Movement, invites the LGBTQ+ community to come on Saturday, February 12 for an afternoon of guided skating along the walking path at Rosie’s Dog Beach.

The skate will meet at the concession stand at Granada Beach (also known as Rosie’s Dog Beach) and take off at 2:45 p.m. heading for the Rainbow Rescue Tower. There will be an impromptu photo op once the skaters reach the tower, so come in costume if you feel like it.

The meeting takes place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is free. Skate rentals and safety equipment are available at the Granada Beach concession stand, although Pedal Movement encourages those interested to reserve their inline skates early. Click here to book the skate rental.

Meet at the Granada concession stand at Rosie’s Dog Beach/Granada Beach at 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

PURPLE REIGN UBE FESTIVAL & ART SHOW – WILLMORE AREA (Saturday)

Presented by Long Beach founders Ube Festival and Record Box is “Purple Reign” a ube bake sale and Prince-inspired art exhibit on Saturday, February 12 in the Willmore neighborhood.

Discover artwork and other handmade goods from more than 25 artists, plus ube desserts and other baked goods from five companies, including yellow brick house door, Candies Steffi, Flour and Flower, Rose Park Roasters, and Sunday in June. Filipino fusion food truck, White Rabbit, will also be on hand.

Organizers are trying to keep this event low-key in light of health precautions, so to attend, guests should direct message the Long Beach Ube Festival Instagram page to see if space is still available (last seen). we checked with the organizers, there were 30 places left).

If there’s space left, you’ll be prompted to purchase a $25 ube box. The box will include various ube desserts and treats along with the event address. Purchases can be made on Venmo, Cashapp or Zelle, customers will receive a confirmation email after purchase.

For more information, visit the Long Beach Ube Festival Instagram page, here. To view participating artists and vendors, Click here.

Purple Reign will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“POINTS OF VIEW” EXHIBITION – LONG BEACH CREATIVE GROUP GALLERY (Sunday)

Bombay Beach Sunset by landscape painter Andrew Dickson. Photo courtesy of LBCG.

A selection of local artists who have graduated from Cal State Long Beach or share a campus connection will show their fine art in the “Points of View” exhibit from Sunday, February 13 through March 12 at Long Beach Creative Gallery.

Featured artists include a landscape painter Andrew Dickson, Yulia Gasio, Vladimir GoryachevSamantha Minear Carroll and Roxanne Sexauerengraver and professor at the CSULB.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from the artists themselves, including Andrew Dickson on February 13; Yulia Gasio on February 20; Vladimir Goryachev on February 27; Samantha Minear Carroll on March 6 and Roxanne Sexauer on March 12. Discussions with the artists begin at 2 p.m.

The gallery is free and open from Friday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Long Beach Creative Group Gallery is located at 2221 E. Broadway.

SPONSORED BY THE LONG BEACH SYMPHONY

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND WITH CHICAGO’S MUSICAL LEGACY – LONG BEACH SYMPHONY (Saturday)


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the music of Chicago!, the band whose signature blend of brass and classic ’70s rock propelled them onto the charts and into the hearts of music lovers around the world.

During this one-night-only performance, your Long Beach Symphony will recreate and celebrate this iconic sound with legendary Chicago tribute band Brass Transit for a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, picnicking and libations. Rock the Pops with fan favorites like “Saturday In The Park”, “25 Or 6 To 4” and “You’re The Inspiration”.

On Saturday, February 12, the doors to the Long Beach Arena (300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach) will open at 6:30 a.m. for picnics and libations. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at LongBeachSymphony.org. Single tickets start at $30, or a $57 3-performance package is available at 562-436-3203, ext. 1. Masks and proof of vaccination required for entry.

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