OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER REX RICHARDSON, DISTRICT 9, LONG BEACH CA

Signature Events

#PopUPtown Social

Uptown Jazz Festival

Veterans Day Celebration

D9 Farmers Market

State of the 9th District

Activate Uptown

#PopUPTown Social

#PopUPTown Social is a monthly “pop-up” gathering, celebrating local artists and music, local residents, local food, and local Uptown pride. The event is a fun way to activate space along Atlantic Ave. in anticipation of new improvements and development that is on the horizon..

The Social takes place in the Learning Garden of the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library every 4th Thursday of each month from February to September, featuring live local entertainment, food, a bar garden, vendors, and a fun kids’ activity.

Bring a lawn chair, relax, and have a good time with friends and neighbors!

Interested in sponsoring a future #PopUPTown Social or being a vendor? For more information, contact us at district9@longbeach.gov.

Uptown Jazz Festival

The Uptown Jazz Festival is a yearly FREE community concert held at Houghton Park that features a taste of jazz sounds for all ages to enjoy. The event includes live performances, a DJ, amazing food, a beer garden, numerous vendor booths, and a kids’ zone. The festival, going on its 8th year, continues to unite the North Long Beach community, in addition to attracting annual attendees outside of the city.  

In 2018, over 6,000 attendees enjoyed the day of great food, good company, and amazing music from the Ohio Players, DW3, Elaine Gibbs and Nu Soul, La Verdad, Biscuits and Gravy, and DJ Mr. Quick.  Check out pictures from the 2018 Uptown Jazz Festival here.

The 2019 Uptown Jazz Festival will be taking place on July 6th from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Houghton Park. Headlining the show will be Con Funk Shun and DW3! The full line-up will be announced in early June.

Veterans Day Celebration

The Veterans Day Celebration is a free community event for all to enjoy and honor our veterans. The day kicks off with the Annual Veterans Day Parade. Then, we open Atlantic Ave. from South St. to Houghton Park for an open street fair that includes Vets Fest and veterans services, community resources, live bands, great food, a beer garden, a “ninja-style” obstacle course, vendor booths, a Kid’s Zone, and more.

Last year, more than 3,000 attendees joined us for a celebratory day. We are proud to present a fun, modern, and distinguished special event unlike any other to honor veterans!

D9 Farmer’s Market

The D9 Farmer’s Market will once again open in the Spring of 2019. It is hosted by the Harbor Area Farmers’ Markets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at the Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Learning Garden (next to 5870 Atlantic Ave., 90805) from 3:00-7:00 PM.”

Enjoy farm fresh vendors, goods and tasty treats.

State of the 9th District

The State of the 9th District is an annual event that allows us to share updates on what we have accomplished together to create a more vibrant Uptown.

Here are some highlights from the January 2018 State of the District held at Veterans Valor Plaza at Houghton Park:

  • Public Safety Improvements– The murder rate in our city is at a historic low, and fell 33% in 2017. District 9 statistics are even more impressive, with a 37.5% decrease in the murder rate, and a whopping 41.7% decrease in residential burglaries from 2014 to 2017. In addition, since the restoration of Paramedic Rescue 12 in March 2017, citywide response times have dropped by 30 seconds, and in North Long Beach, emergency response times have dropped by an average of 3 whole minutes.
  • Continued Development Progress of “Main Street” Atlantic Avenue– Three exciting new developments are in late stages of development and are on track to break ground soon!
  • Uptown Planning Land Use and Neighborhoods Strategy (UPLAN) Process to Commence
  • New D9 Farmers Market Launching
  • Formation of the Pet Education Team 90805 (PET 90805)– PET 90805 formed to help advise our office on animal issues, and to help educate our district on ways to make a difference in our high rates of stray animals.
  • For the Record– A partnership with the nonprofit “We Are the Next” to launch “For the Record,” a new placemaking installation along the public sidewalk through the Atlantic corridor between 60th St. and Artesia Blvd. This installation will document the story of the various populations and individuals who have lived in North Long Beach over the last 200 years.
  • Creative Corridor Challenge “The Sequel” Began

2018 Empower Uptown Award Winners:

Activate Uptown

Activate Uptown is a free, open-streets block party along Artesia Boulevard between Atlantic and Orange Avenues, with live music, activities, food, crafts, giveaways and more. Artesia Boulevard is open to people walking, biking, and playing in the street, and closed to vehicular traffic.
 

Stay tuned for the next Activate Uptown announcement soon!

Contact Uptown
P: 562.570.6137
E: district9@longbeach.gov

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