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.