Things to do in Long Beach this weekend, including… Shrimpfest and a witches tea • the Hi-lo

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It’s mid-October already, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t include some Halloween-related events this weekend – and we found some fun ones. From a Halloween-themed craft beer festival and witches tea party to a spooky Tiki celebration.

A new art exhibit, a theatrical production and a professional MMA bout with local fighter Eugene “Conquistador” Correa are also worth checking out this weekend.

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LANDMARK THEATER “RENT” (Friday to Sunday)

Casting for the Landmark Theater Company’s 2022 production “Rent,” which begins Friday, October 21. The musical will run on Fridays and weekends until November 6. Photo courtesy of Landmark Theater Company.

Long Beach’s Landmark Theater Company returns to the stage with its production of “Rent” on Friday, October 21 at First Congregational Church.

For the production, Landmark enlisted a talented group of local and regional actors to bring to life the popular Broadway rock musical version of Puccini’s opera “LaBohème”, which reimagines the classic story of young artists in a big city in search of their voice and their future.

Tickets for the show range from $15 to $50. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The First Congregational Church is located at 241 Cedar Avenue.

SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET SHRIMPFEST (Saturday)

Seafood platters from the San Pedro Fish Market. Photo courtesy of San Pedro Fish Market.

San Pedro Fish Market’s second annual Shrimpfest seafood celebration returns Saturday, October 22 with heaps of seafood, drink specials, live entertainment and its main event: a shrimp-eating contest.

The event will feature large plates of some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, such as its world famous Shrimp Platter, Chowda Fries, Fried Calamari, Fried Shrimp, Beer Battered Fish and more. Drink specials include $3 bottles of Corona and Modelo, $7 draft beers, and other liquor discounts. The Happy Hour menu will also be served throughout the day.

If you see any cameras during the event, these belong to a documentary crew filming the “Kings of Fi$h” docuseries, chronicling four generations of San Pedro Fish Market families.

Admission to the festival is $5 and does not include food. Proceeds from registration will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

The San Pedro Fish Market is located at 6550 E. Marina Drive.

EUGENE CORREA VS DAVID DOUGLAS (Saturday)

Long Beach’s Eugene Correa will fight David Douglas in Urijah Faber’s A1 Fight #6 streaming on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, October 22. Courtesy image.

Bellator veteran and mixed martial artist Eugene Correa, a native of Long Beach, returns to the ring for the first time in two years at Commerce Casino for the Urijah Fabers A1 Combat tournament on Saturday, October 22.

Correa the “Conquistador” takes on David “Tarzan” Douglas of Antioch in the catchweight division. Douglas, 40, is considered an industry veteran with fights dating back to 2004, however, the 6-foot-tall, 29-year-old Correa holds a solid reputation after a two-game winning streak with a 2-2 pro record.

Correa vs. Douglas is one of 10 fights scheduled for the evening, with a bantamweight title bout between Payton Talbott and Anthony Jimenez closing the show.

Tickets are still available to see the fight in person, with prices ranging from $64 to $135. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Commerce Casino is located at 6131 Telegraph Road, Commerce.

HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY (Saturday)

A participant dressed in a nun costume at the first Hootenanny Halloween of 2021. Photo courtesy of Obscura LB.

Back for a second year at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the Halloween-themed Halloween Hootenanny craft beer festival returns on Saturday, October 22.

More than 40 independent craft breweries, cider houses, wineries and hard kombucha makers will be available on-site to sample, along with food from local restaurants such as Shady Grove and Hamburger Nice.

Attendees can also shop at a “ghoulish marketplace” featuring more than 15 vendors selling art, books, clothing, and other Halloween-centric merchandise.

Guests must be 21 or older to attend. General admission tickets start at $50 and include unlimited samples and a free commemorative souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets are $70 and offer one hour early entry (noon) plus unlimited samples and a commemorative souvenir drink. Designated driver tickets are $20. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

MOLAA is at 628 Alamitos Ave.

WITCHES TEA (Saturday)

In this file photo: Elena Hassan looks out of her store window in Long Beach on Friday, May 29, 2020. Hassan will be opening her new teahouse at Bixby Knolls this summer.

The whimsical fairy playground that is Dream Come True Tea & Party Room at Bixby Knolls is transforming its space into a witches-worthy tea room with the Witches Tea Party event on Saturday, October 22.

Afternoon tea will include spooky desserts and treats, endless “witch brewing” champagne, a teacup candle making craft project, games and more. The event is open to adults and children. Costumes are strongly encouraged and the witch with the best costume will win a prize.

Tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for children. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Dream Come True Tea & Party Room is located at 4350 Atlantic Ave.

CREATURE COMFORTS EXHIBITION (Sunday)

Paintings by Brent Estabrook. The artist presents his exhibition “Creature Comforts” at the Long Beach Museum of Art which opens on Sunday, October 23. Courtesy picture.

The Long Beach Museum of ArtThe new exhibition of presents a collection of works by the artist Brent Estabrook titled “Creature Comforts”.

The dentist-turned-painter is best known for his large-scale oil paintings of soft toys, stuffed animals and stuffed animals, evoking feelings of innocence and nostalgia. They are also just a dazzling display of colors.

The exhibition, which opens to the public on Sunday, October 23, features more than 20 pieces from his career over the years and previously unseen works. Those interested in meeting the artist and learning more about his work can also RSVP for a VIP preview on Saturday, October 22. Click here.

“Creature Comforts” will be at the museum until February 23. Admission to the museum is $12; children 12 and under can enter for free. LBMA members also enjoy free admission.

The Long Beach Museum of Art is located at 2300 E. Ocean Blvd.

HAUNTED HULAWEEN (Sunday)

Courtesy leaflet.

Celebrate the Halloween season with a Tiki twist on Sunday, October 23 at the Secret Island Tiki Lounge for its Haunted Hulaween event downtown.

Secret Island has transformed its already quite decorative Tiki Lounge into a “spooky Tiki bazaar” that will feature live music, a Tiki market, Tiki cocktails and even a haunted corn maze.

The entire event will span three floors, where guests can also experience various groups, games and activities. Additionally, Secret Island is designed as a speakeasy with hidden passageways making the whole place fun to explore.

Tickets will cost $40 at the door, but those who buy passes online can get them for $35. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Secret Island Tiki Lounge is located below Shannon’s on Pine at 209 Pine Ave.

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