Celebrate Sharks, Crawfish and Frogs with Art, Food and Fun

By Michael Berick

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Crawfish arrive in Long Beach this month. PHOTO COURTESY LONG BEACH CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

An interesting array of aquatic creatures will be in the spotlight this August.

Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon (Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue) will see an influx of mini-crustaceans when the 23rd annual Crawfish Festival returns from noon-10 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7. Festivalgoers can feast on this Louisiana delicacy while enjoying Bayou-inspired attractions including an Orleans Second Line Parade, carnival games, live music, a Karaoke Lounge, dancing and a children’s stage and activities. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at door, free for ages 12 and younger with accompanying adult.

Shark Week surfaces at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro; www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org) from noon-5 p.m. Aug. 7 and 9-13. You can go on a scavenger hunt, create your own shark egg case and watch informative videos including the “Surviving Sharks” movie. On Aug. 7 and 13, the Natural History Museum will host a pop-up booth stuffed with cool shark items. There will be a shark feeding and presentation at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 and 13, and you can check out a scientific shark dissection and specimen display that the Aquarium has created Aug. 9 and 10. Admission is free.

Finally, there are the frogs. Well, not real frogs. We’re talking about the Frogtown Artwalk taking place from 4-10 p.m. Aug. 13 in the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Frogtown, along the L.A. River just northeast of downtown. This free, family-friendly happening celebrates the colorful, creative spirit found in Frogtown. The public can explore artist studios, pop-up galleries and art venues. The fun also includes live performances, a chalk wall and a hula-hooping contest. This year’s event honors Lewis MacAdams and the Friends of the Los Angeles River (which he co-founded) for 30 years of protecting and restoring the river.

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