If your idea of a summer festival doesn't involve deep fried Twinkies and carnival rides on what's essentially a hot parking lot in the middle of Costa Mesa, then drive on over to Long Beach this weekend for the Love Long Beach Festival at Granada Beach.
This festival–which will have dog events, beach football, beach volleyball, and music by a whole bunch DJs and bands–will be, you guessed it, at the beach.
There will, of course, be beer and food. Along with your usual caravan of food trucks, there's a “Healthy Organic Food Court”, a Beach BBQ, and all the shave ice, kettle corn and cotton candy to offset the “healthy” and “organic” stuff.
The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with various events througout the day. Notably, there will be a “Beach Dance Party Saturday Night with a Fire Show and Burning Man.” This event benefits Children Today. Admission is free.
5000 E Ocean Blvd at Granada Ave., Long Beach 90803, (Belmont Shore)
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.