Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets Set for April 12 Ahead of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Scene from last year's event
Scene from last year's event

Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets, the free-to-the-public festival that annually kicks off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend, will take place on Thursday, April 12, and have plenty of fun for the entire family.

Presented by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Thunder Thursday’s activities begin at 6:30 p.m., with Verizon IndyCar Series pit stop competitions on Shoreline Drive, west of Pine Ave., taking place at 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tony Carbajal’s stunt motorcycles will wow the crowd at 7:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. and the always-exciting freestyle motocross demonstrations will take over Shoreline Drive at 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Spectator viewing for these events will be located in and around the three grandstands adjacent to The Pike Outlets at Pine Ave. and Shoreline Drive.

“Thunder Thursday is the kickoff event for all the action and excitement of the Grand Prix weekend, and we’re looking forward to a great opening family-friendly party!" said Steve Goodling, president & CEO, Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“The Pike Outlets is excited to bring back Thunder Thursday again this year with plans to make the community event bigger and better in 2018," said Morgan Erickson, property manager of The Pike Outlets. “With stunts, racecars, shopping, dining, and live music there’s fun for the whole family to enjoy all evening long."

Within The Pike Outlets, fans will enjoy live music from The StrayTones and Hearts Like Lions, as well as live DJs on the stage in the Main Plaza. Food will be available in the Main Plaza, as will, for fans 21 and older, a Beer Garden hosted by the Auld Dubliner.

Car enthusiasts and racing fans will find a classic car show located on The Paseo, with local antique and vintage cars. Meanwhile, race cars will be displayed on Bay Street with professional drivers and crews from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge and more signing autographs.

Fans will also get to see the debut of the 2018 Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach winners, pick up a Grand Prix weekend coupon booklet and have a chance to win prizes and special offers with The Pike Outlet’s street team.

Parking for Thunder Thursday at The Pike Outlets will be available in the Pike Parking structure at Chestnut Place off of Ocean Blvd.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will take place April 13-15. For more information, visit

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