Music is in the air.
Every summer, different Long Beach groups organize a variety of free outdoor concerts throughout the city. Here's a list of dates and times for free musical entertainment in the city.
Long Beach Municipal Band
The Long Beach Municipal Bands is celebrating 111 years of big band music and jazzy tunes, and the public is invited to join in on the fun.
Each event is family and picnic friendly, so guests can get comfortable with picnic blankets, folding chairs and food. All concerts are free thanks to sponsorship from the Port of Long Beach, and begin promptly at 6 p.m., so get there early to reserve a spot.
The schedule is:
Tuesday, June 25 and July 2, at Whaley Park, 5620 E Atherton St.
Tuesday, July 9 at Cesar Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
Tuesdays, July 16, 23 and 30 at Bluff Park , 3509 E. Ocean Blvd.
Wednesdays, June 26 through July 31, at Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave.
Thursdays June 27 through Aug. 1 at Marine Stadium, 5255 E. Paoli Way
Fridays, June 28 through Aug. 2 at El Dorado Park West, 2800 N Studebaker Rd.
Each concert focuses on a different musical theme led by conductor Larry Curtis. For more information, go to longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs.
Rancho Los Cerritos
Rancho Los Cerritos is offering two free concerts this summer. Gates open for picnicking at 5 p.m. both days and the music starts at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 28, featuring the Bernie Pearl Blues Band with Barbara Morrison
Sunday, Aug. 25, featuring The Band of the California Battalion.
For more information, go to rancholoscerritos.org/upcoming-event/.
Community Concert Series
The Community Concert Series is bringing local bands to the parks each Saturday in July and August to entertain Long Beachers and their families.
All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., with showings at El Dorado Nature Center, McArthur Park and Houghton Park for the eighth annual Uptown Jazz Festival. Those dates will be available at the beginning of June.
For more information about more free summer events in Long Beach, go to TheGrunion.com.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at email@example.com.