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Upcoming local events:
Street Hoop Showcase at #ActivateUptown | Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Village Fest at #ActivateUptown | Saturday, October 01, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 1st for the biggest block party Uptown has ever seen!

We're kicking off #ActivateUptown with an opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in front of Fire Station 12, located on the corner of Artesia Bouelvard and Orange Avenue, followed by a bike ride down Artesia. We invite you to bring your bike and join us!

#ActivateUptown will feature three stages of live music, two beer & wine gardens, a live mural installation, sidewalk chalk art, two Children's Zones, a celebrity basketball game, a slam dunk contest, a classic 50’s car display, a custom Harley motorcycle display, food, free activities, giveaways, and more!

Below you will find more details about parking and transportation, the stage set times for Village Fest, the Uptown Rock & Soul Stage, and the New Blue Stage, as well as the schedule for the all-day Street Hoops Showcase.

For those attending Village Fest, please feel free to bring low chairs, and blankets to sit on, however canopies and gazebos will not be permitted.

Vice Mayor Rex Richardson's Weekly Letter

Dear Friends, 


On October 1st, enjoy a FREE, open-streets festival with live music, activities, food, crafts, giveaways and more, highlighting the Uptown Renaissance and various active transportation improvements on the horizon. Drawing from the spirit of great events like Beach Streets and the Uptown Jazz Festival, #ActivateUptown will take place right in the streets, along Artesia Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue. 

Artesia Boulevard, from Atlantic Avenue to Orange Avenue, will be open to people walking, biking, and playing in the street, and closed to car traffic. Myrtle Avenue, from Harding to 70th st., will showcase a re-imagined streetscape with temporary features (including a bike boulevard and roundabout) that make walking, biking, or skating easier, safer and more enjoyable. Come check them out!

We are planning for a variety of exhibits and attractions highlighting the Uptown Renaissance, like a live mural installation, a Healthy Eating Active Living Zone, youth basketball tournament, a diverse selection of music and entertainment along the route for all ages, and Uptown Village Fest - an art and STEM showcase, featuring an amazing selection of headlining and local artists like:

  • Talib Kweli
  • Murs
  • The Pharcyde, 90's alternative Hip-Hop Pioneers
  • MC Supernatural, Guiness World Record Longest Freestyle Artists
  • Bootleg Orchestra, Neo-soul/electronica collective
  • Vibrant Heights, local-based Reggae group

Bring your family and friends and meet your neighbors at #ActivateUptown – there’s something for everyone on October 1st!

#ActivateUptown is sponsored by the City of Long Beach, SCAG’s Go Human Campaign, Clean Transportation Funding - MSRC, and The California Endowment.

For additional information about #ActivateUptown, follow our Facebook event page, visit the event website page, or contact our office at (562) 570-6137.  We hope to see you there!


Go Uptown!


Vice Mayor Rex Richardson