Beach Streets festival rolls into California State Long Beach

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The Long Beach Press Telegram has a good story about today’s Beach Street event.

By Courtney Tompkins, Long Beach Press Telegram

The city’s fourth open streets event is taking over some neighborhoods around Cal State Long Beach this Saturday, offering attendees live music performances and activities for the entire family.

The public is invited to walk, bike, skate or roll along the vehicle-free roadways between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the Beach Streets University event, which will kick off in front of CSULB’s Walter Pyramid.

“Beach Streets is a terrific local event that brings our neighbors, businesses, and community groups together,” 5th District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo said in a statement. “We’re excited for this wonderful celebration full of outdoor activities, music, food, and family fun, to captivate the east side of town.”

Thousands came out for the city’s first three open streets events, held in downtown, uptown and midtown over the past two years. There was also a mini beach streets event last month during the 2017 Toyota Grand Prix, which took riders around the downtown race track.

• VIEW: Map of event route

Live performances by local bands include Knyght Ryder, Forest of Tongue, and Big Sun. Participants can also watch BMX Freestyle Team Demonstrations at the “Extreme Hub” while crusing the route near Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue.

Whaley Park will be home to the “Kids Hub,” where children can engage in fun activities like decorating bikes and rock climbing. There will also be a public skate park at the “Extreme Hub,” where kids can take skateboard lessons.

The event route includes Atherton Street in front of CSULB, sections of Bellflower Boulevard and the Los Coyotes Diagonal, and Spring Street, between Bellflower Boulevard and Studebaker Road.

Acceptable modes of transportation are: bicycles, skates, rollerblades, skateboards and walking. The only motorized vehicles allowed are ones officially marked as a means for transportation for those with disabilities.

Parking is available for $7 at the Palo Verde entrance to the CSULB campus. For more information, including a schedule of activities at various “hubs,” visit www.beachstreets.com or email beachstreets@longbeach.gov.

Entertainment & Activities

Band Playing 1Pyramid Hub

Whaley Kids Hub (Whaley Park)

  • DJ Mystical Vibrations
  • Long Beach Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Rock Wall
  • Bike Decorating
  • Jumpers & more!

Band Playing 2West Hub (Spring St. & Bellflower Blvd.)

Extreme Hub (Spring St. & Palo Verde Ave.)

As you explore the route, don’t forget to stop by the many businesses along the route for delicious food, drinks, shopping, entertainment and to take advantage of specials throughout the day!

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