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Dec 1, 2015
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: December 2015




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Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: November 2015




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Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: October 2015




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Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: June 2015




May 1, 2015
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: May 2015

The 2015 Downtown Economic Profile, Shaping the Vision for the Long Beach Civic Center, Bike Fest 2015 and more...



Apr 1, 2015
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: April 2015

Our Downtown Scene examines the work of one woman's determination to tackle homelessness, the Mayor's Development Forum, and more.



Mar 2, 2015
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: March 2015

Our Downtown Scene looks at the latest residential developments in DTLB, including an exclusive look inside the new Edison Lofts.



Feb 4, 2015
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: February 2015

The Downtown Long Beach Associates present Celebrate Downtown 2015 taking place on February 19th, 2015 from 5pm-9pm.



Jan 7, 2015
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: January 2015

A New Year, A New Downtown! There are numerous reasons why many feel the New Year marks a turning point—and for Downtown, there is truly an aura of change lingering that will become unquestionably obvious as 2015 becomes more of a reality.



Dec 2, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: December 2014

Downtown Long Beach will host a massive celebration this New Year’s Eve with two incredible events beginning at 5 p.m. Produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates, New Year’s Eve in Downtown will begin with a family-friendly event in the Waterfront Amphitheater at Rainbow Harbor with fireworks celebration, followed by a high-energy street party on Pine Avenue with headliner Fitz and the Tantrums. Tickets are now on sale for the Pine Avenue Celebration.



Nov 5, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: November 2014

The restaurants, bars and streets of Downtown Long Beach will be filled with music as the Downtown Long Beach Associates kicks off Live after 5, a monthly event that will activate traditional spaces like bars and restaurants as well a non-traditional locations like parks, empty storefronts and street corners with live performers.



Oct 2, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: October 2014

As the newly elected Chair of the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), I am excited for the year ahead and eager to work collaboratively with you to make our community better. I’ve had a vested interest in Downtown for many years as a small business owner and more recently as a member of the DLBA Board of Directors since 2008.



Sep 4, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: September 2014

As we approach the end of our fiscal year and prepare to welcome new Directors to the DLBA Board, I am compelled to reflect on the last twelve months and our collective accomplishments. The 2013-2014 fiscal year was the first full year guided by our 2013 Strategic Plan Update. With this expanded vision and new set of guidelines, my colleagues on the Executive Committee and I were able to tackle major issues and projects in our Downtown.



Aug 1, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: August 2014

Long Beach is a community full of talented artists – sculptors, painters, street performers, poets, dancers, and musician that contribute to our local culture. We are fortunate to have galleries, music venues and other art events dedicated to showcasing local talent, but even these resources can’t accommodate the expansive and expanding artistic community and those seeking to find these talented performers. So what do you do when there aren't enough brick and mortar venues available? You go to the street.



Jul 1, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: July 2014

Whether one is creating public policy, developing urban cores, or identifying the future of cities, dialogue among community stakeholders is a vital component to creating successful plans and strategies. The contributions of all stakeholders ensure that as our Downtown grows, it continues to reflect the diversity, needs and vision of the community. Encouraging public participation in civic processes is a priority for the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA).



Jun 2, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: June 2014

Summer and Music (SAM) is back with four free, all ages concerts throughout Downtown Long Beach! Three-time winner of OC Weekly's “Best Music Festival,” SAM utilizes the talent and creativity of numerous Downtown Long Beach businesses and artists to showcase outstanding local acts at eco-conscious outdoor venues throughout the city’s core.



May 1, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: May 2014

To celebrate National Bike Month and Long Beach’s recent recognition as having the 3rd best bicycle infrastructure in America, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is hosting the 6th Annual Bike Fest, releasing the “Downtown By Bike” urban bike map, and installing “Downtown By Bike” banners along Downtown’s dedicated bike lanes on 3rd and Broadway. Long Beach Bike Fest will take place on Saturday, May 3 from 2:00 – 11:00 P.M. in the East Village Arts District at 1st Street and Linden Avenue. Reflecting the diverse biking community in Long Beach and beyond, a significantly expanded Bike Fest will include a wide range of activities for casual riders to serious competitors.



Apr 1, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: April 2014

Grand Prix excitement will race into Downtown Long Beach on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. for the 14th Annual Thunder Thursday. Produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), this free event will offer an action-packed kickoff to Grand Prix weekend that is fun for the whole family and will be fueled with gravity-defying motorcycle stunts, motocross performances, race car displays featuring Pirelli World Challenge Cars, Cadillac Kings Classic Car Display, autograph opportunities and live music. The event will also feature a professional Verizon IndyCar pit stop competition and the Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant. New to this year’s event will be a craft beer garden sponsored by Kress Market.



Mar 4, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: March 2014

Taste of Downtown is back in the East Village on March 12 & 13 from 6-10 p.m. The event will take place on 1st Street between Linden and Elm Avenues and feature sample sized portions of signature dishes from 17 Downtown restaurants along with live music performed by The Bordertown Saints. This year’s expanded event will also include an event-wide craft beer garden, live art classes by Brushstrokes and Beverages, and a convenient Bike Valet.



Feb 3, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: February 2014

Join us in celebrating Downtown's accomplishments at the 2014 Celebrate Downtown Event. We will be honoring three dedicated leaders in the Downtown community with the Spirit of Downtown Award -- Eric Carr, Downtown resident and former President of the Downtown Residential Council (DRC), Gabe Gordon, owner of Beachwood BBQ and Brewing and Kerstin Kansteiner, owner of Berlin Bistro and Portfolio Coffee House. The event will also feature a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pine Avenue Improvement Project, live music from Long Beach Caravan Trio and complementary refreshments from North Pine establishments Hamburger Mary’s, Kress Market and Public Beer and Wine.



Jan 7, 2014
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: January 2014

Downtown Long Beach will feel the heat this January with Pepper Week. From January 20 to 26, Downtown Long Beach restaurants will channel their spicy side by incorporating mild, sweet, and even extra spicy peppers into special dishes and drinks. From ghost pepper chili sauce, to jalapeno poppers, to habanero infused tequila cocktails and pepper beer, prepare to take your taste buds to the brink! Pepper Week is also a part of the larger California Restaurant Month initiative—featuring over 30 destinations statewide—put on by Visit California and designed to drive post-holiday travel to the Golden State.



Dec 3, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: December 2013

Downtown Long Beach will be filled with music, energy and fun for this year's New Year's Eve celebration! The massive two part celebration will begin with a free family-friendly event from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Waterfront Amphitheatre at Rainbow Harbor followed by a high-energy street party on Pine Avenue from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. This year’s Pine Avenue event will encompass two-square city blocks for a massive outdoor celebration featuring performances by Long Beach Rock'n'Roll Band Rival Sons, and eight piece Southern California band The Mowgli's.



Nov 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: November 2013

The DLBA presents the Downtown Long Beach Holiday Gift Guide, a new, cost-free opportunity to promote your business and drive the message to shop local in Downtown Long Beach. The goal is to help create awareness about the business district, and ultimately increase foot traffic from holiday shoppers beginning Black Friday, through the 2013 Holiday Season. The Gift Guide will highlight everything our businesses have to offer and increase spending in our Downtown. So business owners, be sure to sign up now! And for all of you shoppers out there, keep an eye out for the many deals that await you.



Oct 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: October 2013

City Place, one of the largest shopping destinations in Downtown, is making some exciting changes! Three casual dining restaurants – Fresh Kabobs, Milana’s New York Pizzeria, and Mitaki – are celebrating the grand re-opening of their new locations on Wednesday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. on 4th Street between Promenade North and Pine Avenue in Downtown.



Sep 3, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: September 2013

The Fifth Annual Latin American Festival returns to Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, September 7, in a new location. Co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, the event will take place on Historic Old Pine Avenue at 7th Street from 5pm - 10pm. The evening’s festivities will include live performances from acclaimed bands La Santa Cecilia and Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia. Numerous vendors selling hand-made clothing and original artwork, a beer and margarita bar provided by Agave’s Kitchen | Tequila, interactive opportunities, health & wellness information and authentic Latin Cuisine will also be featured at the free event.



Aug 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: August 2013

The Downtown Long Beach Associates is presenting the Promenade Beer & Wine Festival in partnership with Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, District Wine and Wine Down Lounge, on Saturday, September 21 from 5pm -10pm. The event will celebrate the growth of wine bars and craft beer brewed, sold and savored in Long Beach as well as the diverse culinary options available locally. Downtown Long Beach Restaurants are invited to participated by preparing a tasting portion of a signature dish to be paired with a brewery and winery.



Jul 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: July 2013

Summer And Music (SAM) will include the addition of the ‘Freedom of Funk’ fireworks display to the Long Beach Funk Fest (LBFF) lineup on Saturday, July 6th, at the Downtown Long Beach Promenade (east of Pine Avenue between 1st & 3rd Streets). The fireworks show is presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank and City Place shopping center. While LBFF “Funk of July” is an all-day event (noon-11pm), the fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:20p.m. and will be incorporated into the evening's final act -- legendary funk artist Shuggie Otis. Don’t forget to purchase your Funk Fest tickets today to receive the pre-sale discounted price!



Jun 3, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: June 2013

After four award-winning seasons, Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is bringing Summer And Music (SAM)—the city’s homegrown, sustainable concerts series providing an entire summer of music to the public—back to the streets of Downtown Long Beach this month.



May 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: May 2013

The Downtown Long Beach Associates presents the Bike Fest of Long Beach, celebrating bike-friendly Long Beach at the Official Tour of Long Beach Finish Line. The event is free and will feature the Beachwood & Friends Craft Beer Garden, a Vintage Bike Exhibit & Fashion Show, Live Entertainment and Swing Bands, a free Bike Valet, Children's Activities, Vendor Village and food specialties from Downtown's Restaurants.



Apr 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: April 2013

On Thursday, April 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Downtown Long Beach will hear the roar of race engines and feel the excitement of motorcycle stunts as the much-anticipated 13th Annual Tecate Light Thunder Thursday kicks-off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.



Mar 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: March 2013

We’re kicking off the 2013 Taste of Downtown series on March 6 and 7 in the East Village Arts District on 1st Street between Linden and Elm Avenue. From 6 to 9 pm local restaurants will be serving up sample sized portions of their signature dishes while live music performed by Moonsville Collective fills the neighborhood.



Feb 1, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: February 2013

The Downtown Long Beach Associates present Celebrate Downtown 2013 taking place on February 7th, 2013 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. This year, the annual event will be held at the newly completed Promenade (between Broadway and 3rd). The event will laud the accomplishments made in Downtown this past year and honor those who have worked to make Downtown successful.



Jan 2, 2013
Downtown Scene E-Newsletter: January 2013

The DLBA presents the second annual Celebrate Downtown 2013, which takes place on Thursday, February 7, 2013. This year, the free annual event will be held at the newly redesigned Promenade (between Broadway and 3rd).



Dec 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: December 2012

Buy your tickets now for Downtown Long Beach's massive outdoor New Year's Eve celebration and save! Once again, the DLBA is bringing a high-energy street party to the middle of Downtown at Pine and Broadway on NYE. Advance tickets are $15 each, with limited special discount packages that include VIP parking and two tickets available for $32. Advanced tickets and VIP parking packages can be purchased online through Sunday, December 30 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the event for $20 each.



Nov 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: November 2012

DLBA Unveils New Website - The DLBA is pleased to unveil a fresh new design for the Downtown Long Beach website! The redesign, developed by local Downtown Long Beach agency Insteo, offers a sophisticated new look and easier navigation.



Oct 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: October 2012

After taking part in the 5th Annual Zombie Walk festivities, which includes a film, art and music festival for the un-dead at Downtown's Marina Green Park, keep the Halloween celebration going with the DLBA's ZombieTown! Bring your zombie passport to participating businesses...



Sep 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: September 2012

Don’t miss one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Southern California, when the 4th Annual Latin American Parade & Festival returns to Downtown on Saturday, September 8, with a full day of FREE live music, dance performances, a vendor fair, arts & crafts, children’s activity area and delicious authentic cuisine...



Aug 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: August 1, 2012

Summer and Music's (SAM) newest edition to their concert line up, Dancin' in the Streets, comes to North Pine this Saturday, August 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Located in the Anderson Paint and Hardware parking lot, at 714 Pine Avenue, Dancin' will feature live Long Beach jive-inducing music, spins from the finest local DJs, world-class food trucks and a beer garden hosted by Congregation Ale House...



Jul 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: July, 2012

On July 25 & 26, the wildly popular Taste of Downtown series will return to the East Village! Tantalize your taste buds with delicious eats from some of Downtown's most popular restaurants during two evenings of food and live music under the starts. The East Village Taste of Downtown will take place on First Street between Linden and Elm avenues from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 and 26...



Jun 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: June 2012

On June 13 & 14, the wildly popular Taste of Downtown series will return to the Waterfront at Rainbow Harbor! Tantalize your taste buds with delicious eats from some of Downtown's most popular restaurants during two evenings of food and live music under the starts. The Waterfront Taste of Downtown will take place on the Pine Avenue Pier at Rainbow Harbor from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14...



May 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: May 2012

oin us as we continue to make Long Beach the most bicycle friendly city in the United States! The DLBA is hosting the 4th Annual BikeFest Tour of Long Beach this Saturday, May 5, at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor. In addition to four separate rides that appeal to cyclists of all skill levels, this event includes an all-day, family-friendly Finish Line Festival. The Finish Line Festival features a kids’ activity area, live entertainment, BMX stunts, a bike valet, vendor fair and food stands...



Apr 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: April 2012

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012, Downtown Long Beach will once again hear the roar of race engines and feel the excitement of motorcycle stunts as the much-anticipated Tecate Thunder Thursday event kicks off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. This festive event features daredevil motorcycle stunts, race and celebrity car displays, autographs opportunities, a professional pit stop competition, the Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant, and a DJ spinning throughout the evening...



Mar 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: March 2012

On Saturday, March 10, 2012, Downtown’s Amazing Chase, Presented and Co-Produced by Garnica Interiors Inc., will take participants on a journey through the diverse and eclectic neighborhoods of Downtown Long Beach where participants will solve clues, perform challenges, and explore the urban landscape as they compete for prizes valued at more than $1,000...



Feb 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: February 2012

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember and head to Downtown Long Beach for Valentine Wine & Dine on Tuesday, February 14. Your favorite romantic restaurants are offering special packages, perfect for any couple looking for a night of love. Create your dreamy evening with live music, special discounts, romantic dinner menus for two, special desserts and more...



Jan 1, 2012
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: January 2012

On Thursday, January 26, 2012, the DLBA is hosting Celebrate Downtown. Themed Recognizing the Spirit of Our Community, this event will highlight the contributions that the community has made to Downtown. This free, evening mixer will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features live music, the first ever Spirit of Downtown Award and much more. Please join us at the Aquarium of the Pacific for this great event. RSVP on the DLBA website...



Dec 1, 2011
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: December 2011

Downtown Long Beach will host a massive celebration this New Year’s Eve with two incredible events beginning at 5 p.m. on December 31, 2011. New Year’s Eve in Downtown will begin with a free, family-friendly event in the Waterfront Amphitheater at Rainbow Harbor followed by a high-energy street party on Pine. Tickets are now on sale for the Pine Avenue Celebration...



Nov 1, 2011
Downtown Scene E - Newsletter: November 2011

Downtown Long Beach will be celebrating Thanksgiving in style and invites you and your family to join us. Chefs will be creating traditional feasts including holiday turkeys and all the trimmings, as well as delicious non-traditional dinners...