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Summer and Music festival returns to the streets of Long Beach

The Summer And Music festival features eclectic music events, extraordinary acts and dances at various eco-conscious outdoor venues throughout Long Beach’s downtown.

Dancin’ in the Streets is the first to kick off the summer festival on June 27, showcasing sounds of California’s culture, food and music from an array of genres. The event takes places at the Promenade from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. DJ Lithuanian Prince will be entertaining throughout the night while attendees can partake in the Beachwood BBQ and Brewing Beer Garden.

This year’s festival will also introduce the new event Twisted at the Pike. This experience will offer attendees the chance to travel into a twisted carnival setting accompanied by live music, magic and art. The event will take place on July 20 from 6 p. m. – 11 p.m. at the Pike’s Rainbow Harbor’s Ferris Wheel setting.

Bicycle enthusiasts will be glad to hear that the Bicycle Drive-in is returning for the second time. The event will take place at the North Pine neighborhood on August 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will also feature music and cinema, while showcasing Long Beach’s biking culture. A campground setting inspired by a feature film that will be announced that day, will also include musical performances and themed food. Attendees will be encouraged to ride their bikes and park at the free Bikeable Communities Bike Valet.

Buskerfest will close off the Summer and Music festival, and will take place on September 6 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. It will take place in the East Village, between Linden Avenue and Elm Avenue. Local and regional bands will perform on four stages that are set up on flatbed trucks with minimal plugged-in equipment, in hopes of winning wooden nickels from attendees. This event has become a launch pad for the careers of local musicians.

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