October Alive: Eclectic Long Beach Happenings
October has always been a month for breaking through comfort zones – but not everything revolves around zombie walks or and masked imaginings. Step outside the ordinary with these eclectic gatherings ranging from water lantern floats to pinot painting, Namaste gatherings and alter art shows.
1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival
As autumn air turns crisp and falling leaves set the ground ablaze with crimson color, many yearn for new beginnings. That’s what the 1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival is all about: launching your hopes and dreams and sending them afloat in a glowing collective moment of contemplation. Thousands of water lanterns, many made by hand, light up the waters with handwritten notes, dreams, wishes or letters to loved ones missing or gone. The festival comes to life on the grounds of Marine Stadium at 3:30 p.m. on October 12. After live music, food and entertainment, the afternoon culminates with the lantern launch at 6:30 p.m.
Pinot painting is exactly what it sounds like: an evening of painting and sipping pinot with friends new or old. Though serious painters do slip in unware, this is really more about having fun and releasing some creative energy. The sessions take place almost every night in October at Pinot’s Palette on Pine Avenue, with instructions and guided themes such as Psychedelic Starry Night on Oct. 13; Cosmic Kiss on the 16th; Blue Moon for the 17th; and A Change of Seasons on Oct 19th.
The Long Beach Yoga Festival
Namaste incarnates itself with free all-day yoga classes at the Long Beach Yoga Festival on Sunday, October 27. Starting at 9 a.m., instructors from local studios will be leading six yoga classes featuring both traditional and specialized yoga, including kid- and dog-friendly yoga classes. At least 40 vendors are on hand in the Mindful Market, along with vegan street food and targeted craft classes. It’s all free, but if you choose to donate, proceeds for the day go to UNICEF. It all converges at The Pike Outlets on South Pine Avenue.
Dia de Los Muertos at MOLAA
Dia de Los Muertos events are carefully planned and executed across California every October, but the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach takes an introspective approach by showcasing the cultural aspects of lineage and how they shape beliefs, habits and customs. Running throughout the month and up to November 10, the Día de los Muertos Exhibition, titled “De generación a generación: A subconscious lineage,” seeks to create a link between past and present through elaborate displays of art and alters. The museum lies on Alamitos Avenue in Long Beach.
Regardless of the season, you can create your own comfort zone in Long Beach. Check out our Long Beach apartment communities and stop by today for a personal tour.