The Sea Festival begins Saturday with an oar and paddle regatta that will include canoes, kayaks, surf skis and gondolas.
The regatta, modeled after a similar tradition in Italy, will start at 9:30 a.m. in Alamitos Bay at the Gondola Get-Away, 5437 E. Ocean Blvd.
Boats will follow a 10-mile course past three Long Beach oil islands and finish at the Belmont Pier. All boaters who complete the course will get a diploma.
Organizers expect the event to attract about 150 boats, said Mike O'Toole, a director of the event and co-owner of the Gondola Get-Away, which takes visitors on tours around the Naples Island area on gondolas.
The regatta is open to racing and recreational boaters, O'Toole said.
Other Sea Festival events this weekend include a junior volleyball tournament, three-on-three basketball and a sabot regatta, which is for sailboats.
The Sea Festival, sponsored by the Long Beach Parks and Recreation Department, runs through Aug. 13.