September Events Roundup: Festivals and Clean Water, oh My!

Make this a September to remember!  There are great events and activities taking place in our area this month that are sure to entertain. You can attend a native garden workday, pick up trash at the California Coastal Cleanup, dance the night away at a Lobster Festival, or even learn about Native American maritime culture. There’s sure to be something the whole family can enjoy!

»FCEC’s partner, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, invites you to join them on September 3 to help maintain their native garden. It’s a great way to learn more about plants and animal habitats and how these mini-ecosystems help to improve beach quality.

»On September 9-11, the famous Long Beach Lobster Festival will be firing up at scenic Shoreline Village. Not only will there be tasty lobster abound, there will also be great music and a cool dance floor to strut your stuff. It’s an all-day outing, so bring along your sunscreen and your appetite!

»There’s nothing quite like the largest volunteer event in the state of California! On September 17, Heal the Bay will be organizing dozens of cleanup events locally in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s a wonderful way to give a little back to nature. It’s also a great way to build community, and here at FCEC we love community building! Since 1985 over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 14 million pounds of trash. We hope you’ll chip in this year and add to those numbers!

»FCEC’s  partner,  Herald Community Center, will be hosting a booth at the 16th Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Sunday, September 18. The Harvest Moon Festival is a holiday celebrated by many Asian communities and revolves around the family, bountiful food and the full moon. Enjoy a family-filled event with Asian foods, live entertainment, cultural activities, shopping and prize giveaways!

» FCEC is proud to promote the annual Moompetam Festival that will be taking place at the Aquarium of the Pacific on September 17-18. This weekend celebration of Native American cultures will feature traditional crafts, storytelling, live demonstrations, music and dance that celebrates the indigenous California Indian maritime cultures of Southern California.

»On September 28, Heal the Bay will be at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for a kick-off to celebrate the October 1 implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) with a free lecture series. These legally protected zones will help improve the health of the ocean ecosystem and the species that live there. It’s sure to be informative, so join FCEC’s partner, Heal the Bay, to learn more about MPAs!

More information about these events and others are on our FCEC calendar.

What events will you be attending this month? Tell us below!

*Photo courtesy of South Bay Foodies

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