In college, I slid down snowy hillsides next to kids on dining hall trays, frisbees and incredible sled contraptions hewn from cardboard and garbage bags. We who couldn't pass Econ were suddenly gifted innovators when fun was involved. This weekend is a tribute to that creative spirit. Crazy windsports, gnarly roller derby and - gasp - a combination of breakfast and lunch? I can't wait to see what we come up with next.
Our goal is to make the Get Out planner as reliable as possible, but keep in mind, some events change at the last minute. We advise calling ahead just in case.
When/Where: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. this Friday-Sunday at 100 Claremont Pl., Long Beach
Why Go: Thrillseeking humans have found many ways to harness the wind for the pure fun of it, and this festival celebrates them all. Attendees can demo gear, race stand up paddleboards, launch off the water in kiteboard jumping contests, and race regular kites too. Alfredo's will be offering Hawaiian barbecue and hosting a beer garden as well.
When/Where: 11 a.m.-close this Friday-Sunday all along 2nd Street and 12 p.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday all along 4th between Cherry and Junipero in Long Beach
Why Go: Summer shoppers rejoice, there are two big summer sidewalk sales this weekend. is an all-weekend affair and will be held Saturday only. Both will provide super opportunities for prime treasure hunting.
When/Where: Doors open at 7 p.m., competition starts at 8:30 p.m. this Friday at the Queen Mary Dome, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach
Why Go: Are you ready to whip it? The Belmont Hot Broads skate against the Bixby Rollerettes at this all-ages event. Keep in mind, there are some safety-related seating restrictions for younger fans. Grandstand Seats are elevated bleachers, lining each side of the banked track. General Admission is standing room only on the North corner of the track.
Pricing: Grandstand Seats: $20 presale, $25 at the door; General Admission: $10 presale, $15 at the door; Free Admission for kids 12 and younger
When/Where: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at
Why Go: Some incredible authors will be at this special Greater Los Angeles Writer's Society event. Aspiring authors can get advice from the pros and book lovers may find some inspiring new favorites. All are welcome. Click on the title link above to see the full author lineup.
When/Where: Brunch is served at 11:15 a.m. and the film starts at 11:45 a.m. this Sunday at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach
Why Go: Art Theatre of Long Beach and Whole Foods present this screening of the food and health documentary, "Forks Over Knives." Attendees can enjoy a free light brunch from Chef Paul Buchanan before the film in the lobby.
Pricing: Brunch is free, movie tickets are $11
If you are feeling creative this weekend, you can help name the Aquarium of the Pacific's new arctic fox pups.
Did we miss anything? Please share your best ideas for this weekend in the comment box below. Let us know if you find an especially good deal at the sidewalk sales too!