It’s almost prom night in Long Beach.
Summer and Music (SAM) will feature a night of punk rock and prom-themed glamour at 5 p.m. this Saturday at the Pike Outlets.
And as with all SAM events, Punk Rock Prom is free to attend.
“We wanted to do something a little different this time,” Ashley Hectus, festival manager, said. “We thought that something themed would be a lot of fun.”
Hectus said that concert-goers are encouraged to dress up for the event, but it’s not required. But if attendees do not dress up, they may miss out on a best-dressed competition or two, she added.
The event will feature three bands including Missing Parts, Mention and Spare Parts for Broken Hearts along with Long Beach local, DJ Dennis Owens.
“Definitely have to represent Long Beach,” Hectus said about DJ Dennis Owens.
In addition to music, attendees will be able to shop. Local Retro Row shops will have booths at the event selling prom-wear and vintage goods to help guests look the part, Hectus said.
Food and craft beers will be available from Beachwood BBQ booths as well as other local food stands and food trucks.
A photo booth also will be available to help attendees make memories, Hectus added.
“We just want the community to come together and have fun,” she said.
The event will feature a free bike valet to encourage residents to ride their bike to the Pike. Hectus added that it’s easy to use the valet — just look for a “Bike Valet” sign near the event entrance.
She added that if riding a bike isn’t an option, she encourages residents to ride the bus or carpool.
“Hopefully people will walk or ride their bikes,” she said. “We’re encouraging other transportation that isn’t just driving your car.”
For drivers, parking is available at The Pike Outlets parking structure. Other nearby structures can be found at longbeach.parkingguide.com.
Hectus added that regardless of how attendees get there, she wants to see people having fun.
“Creative self-expression, passion, celebrating our individuality and uniqueness — to me, that’s what it means to be punk rock,” Hectus said in a release. “I think Long Beach is as punk rock a city as it gets.”
The Pike Outlets are at 95 S. Pine Ave., at Shoreline Drive.
SAM is produced by the Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) and is celebrating nine summer of free music and events in Long Beach. The next concert kicks off Saturday, Aug. 19 with Buskerfest in the East Village Arts District.
For more information, go to summerandmusic.com/punkrockprom.
Stephanie Stutzman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.