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A guide to Long Beach Grand Prix 2018

Heading to Long Beach Grand Prix 2018? Here’s everything you need to know, from race details to where to eat and stay.

Written by
Stephanie Morino

While many Angelenos head to the desert in April for Coachella, others head down to Long Beach for a different kind of fun: the Long Beach Grand Prix. This year’s event is jam packed, from the main attraction (the races) to live music and, of course, the booze. So whether you’re a local heading down for the day or one of the many out of towners coming to the waterfront city for the first time, here’s your guide on everything Long Beach Grand Prix and how to best enjoy your time in the Long Beach area.

When is Long Beach Grand Prix 2018?

This year’s Long Beach Grand Prix is April 13–15. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Where does the Long Beach Grand Prix take place?

The race takes place on the streets of downtown Long Beach surrounding the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The start/finish line is on Shoreline Drive. The area will be blocked off, so businesses within the circuit will only be accessible by ticket holders. 

How much do tickets cost?

General admission tickets are $33 for Friday; $65 for Saturday; $70 for Sunday and $95 for three-day tickets. To purchase tickets or to find additional ticket information, click here.

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Long Beach Grand Prix 2017 highlights

Rock-n-Roar Concert

1. Rock-n-Roar Concert

Kings of Chaos, a band made up of some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll, will headline the Rock-n-Roar Concert at the Long Beach Grand Prix on Saturday night. Kings of Chaos is currently made up of Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, making this a can't-miss event. The concert will take place on an outdoor stage in front of the Convention Center. Access to the concert is free for those who have Saturday Grand Prix tickets. Music will start after race events come to a close that day, which is expected to be at about 6pm Saturday, April 8

Photograph: Courtesy Kings of Chaos

43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Verizon IndyCar Series race
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Moto "Club4AG" Miwa

2. 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Verizon IndyCar Series race

The third race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series will take place Sunday, April 9, from 1:30-3:30pm. Can't make it to the final showdown? There will be IndyCar practices and warm ups throughout the weekend.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Moto "Club4AG" Miwa

Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Zach Zupancic

3. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge

You'll see drivers Odi Bakchis, Conrad Grunewald, Kyle Mohan, Robbie Nishida and Justin Pawlak drift their way into Long Beach for the popular Formula DRIFT invitational competition, a fun event that often attracts large crowds. The practice and qualifying runs will take place Friday night, while the final competition will go down Saturday, April 8 from 7-9pm

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Zach Zupancic

Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant
Photograph: Courtesy Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

4. Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant

Though this event doesn't take place during the Long Beach Grand Prix, it's related. On Wednesday, April 5 at the waterfront Hotel Maya, 18-20 women will vie for the title of Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, as well as some cash and prizes. The event is free to the public and will also feature a live DJ, race-themed photobooth and a show car display. 

Photograph: Courtesy Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach


Lifestyle Expo
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Moto "Club4AG" Miwa

5. Lifestyle Expo

The Lifestyle Expo takes place throughout the weekend and will feature energy-efficient vehicles and building materials. There will be more than 150 exhibitors offering the latest products and services in automotive, travel, home improvement, fitness and recreation. The Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Experience is located herem as is the Family Fun Zone with rock climbing walls, games, video games, racing simulators and more. The expo is free to ticket holders and will be open Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm and Sunday from 8am-5pm.   

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Moto "Club4AG" Miwa

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