General information for the Long Beach Blues Festival

29th Annual Long Beach Blues Festival - Labor Day Weekend 2008
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31
Gates open at the following times (these times are approximate and subject to change):

  • General Admission Gate opens at 1:15 pm
  • Buddy Pack Gate opens at 12:55 pm
  • Platinum Pass Gate opens at 12:40 pm
  • Backstage Pass Gate opens at 12:30 pm
  • Music begins at 2 pm and ends at 10:30 pm on Saturday and 10 pm on Sunday


Rainbow Lagoon Park, Downtown Long Beach
Located at Shorleine Drive & Linden Avenue by the Marina Green and Long Beach Arena

Marina Green Park & surrounding lots by the Long Beach Arena & Convention Center
Handicapped parking available.

» Click here to purchase parking passes

Entrance & Box Office
All VIP ticket holders need to exchange your tickets for wristbands at the main box office located at Shoreline and Linden Avenue. Once inside the venue, you will be allowed to roam freely in the respective VIP (based on your wristband) areas and the public grounds.

Buddy Pack and general admission ticket holders can simply enter the venue with your ticket at either the main entrance or at the satellite entrance midway between Linden Avenue and the Hyatt Hotel.

There will be no “in and out” privileges.

What To Bring
A sand chair (30" tall max.), blanket (6' wide max.), non-professional cameras, sunscreen, hats, cash/ATM card and a friendly attitude.

What Not To Bring
Please do not bring the following items: lawn chairs, any beverages (INCLUDING WATER), bottles, cans, glass, weapons, pets, audio or video recording equipment, barbeque grills, canopies, tents or frowns.

Lawn Seating Only
All tickets provide Lawn Seating only (regardless of whether you have purchased VIP or General Admission tickets). Handicapped viewing area is available.

Chairs, Umbrellas
Feel free to bring a sand chair (30" tall max.) or blanket (6' wide max.). Please feel free to bring umbrellas; however, they must be positioned on the perimeter of the seating area. Please be courteous to your neighbors in adjusting your umbrella or chair if asked to do so.

Bringing Food, Coolers & Picnic Baskets
Food may be brought to the festival; please use plastic utensils only. Picnic baskets & coolers must not exceed 15" tall x 15" wide x 22" long. All baskets/coolers subject to inspection.

Food & Drink
The food area will include a variety of authentic vendors. Beverages of all types will be available, including beer, wine, water and non-alcoholic beverages.

Cameras & Press Requests
Through its contractual obligations with the performers, the Festival is required to limit all professional cameras at the event. Any camera deemed professional in nature will not be allowed into the Festival unless approved in advance - no exceptions! Video cameras and audio recording equipment are not allowed into the venue. All press requests must be submitted to or

Forms of Payment Accepted
We accept the following payment methods at the Festival - cash, ATM, Mastercard, Visa and American Express (credit card payments at Main Gate only)

Contact KKJZ 88.1 FM
P.O. Box 251469
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 478-5061
Fax: (310) 478-5315

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By attending the Long Beach Blues Festival (Festival), you agree to follow all of the policies and procedures of Global Jazz, Inc. (KKJZ) and the City Of Long Beach Parks and Recreation

The Festival reserves the right to refuse admission or to eject any person for any reason, including any person whose conduct the management deems to be disorderly or intrusive upon the enjoyment of other guests. A visual inspection of all items will be conducted on everyone entering the Festival site.

All sales are final - no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations on purchased tickets. The Festival is Rain Or Shine, artists and times are subject to change without notice. Restrictions are subject to change.