East Village, Long Beach, California
East Village, California
Neighborhood of Long Beach
The East Village district of Long Beach, California, is in the right three-quarters of the foreground of this southwest-facing photo (the Alamitos Beach neighborhood makes up the left quarter of the foreground, on the east side of Alamitos Avenue, the diagonal street on the left). Downtown Long Beach is to the right. Queensway Bay/San Pedro Bay are visible, with the Queen Mary and part of the Port of Long Beach in the distance. Catalina Island is faintly visible on the horizon.
The East Village, sometimes called the "East Village Arts District," is the name of a neighborhood in Long Beach, California, within eastern Downtown Long Beach. The borders of the East Village are not strictly defined, but the area is centered in the southeast portion of downtown, roughly between Long Beach Boulevard on the west and Alamitos Avenue on the east, and Ocean Boulevard on the south to 10th Street on the north.
The East Village is a mix of many different housing types, including high-rise condos, artist lofts and small craftsman cottages. It serves as the home to individuals with differing cultures, income levels, and professions.
The neighborhood has many independent stores selling everything from designer denim and specialty sneakers to used books and mid-century furniture. There are coffee shops, juice bars, and restaurants featuring selections from crepes and sushi to chicken n' waffles.
The East Village is also the city's arts district, with most of the independent shops, restaurants and galleries exhibiting work by Long Beach and Southern Californian artists. The East Village Arts District is home to the Second Saturday Art Walk  which occurs every month. This event features art receptions and special events in the shop and galleries of the District. The District is also home to Tour des Artistes, an annual street festival event in June which features visual artists in every discipline, as well as performing artists ranging from singer-songwriters to Shakespeare. The District hosts Soundwalk , a unique sound art festival, which began in 2004. Soundwalk is a series of site-specific sound installations and sound art performances which attracts renowned sound artists from around the world.
- Soundwalk (annual sound art festival)
- Second Saturday (monthly art walk)
- Second Saturday MySpace page
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