FIesta La Ballona Returns Plenty of Fun Friday - Sunday
August 24, 2017
Fiesta La Ballona, Culver City’s annual Party in the Park, will be held this weekend (August 25-27) at Veterans Park located at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City. Fiesta is a free, signature event of the Culver City Centennial Celebration. The weekend’s festivities will feature live performances, carnival rides and games, vendor booths showcasing local groups and artisan wares, pony rides and petting zoo, a beer and wine garden, food trucks, a food court, an aquacade, an interactive sustainability booth, and other special activities. The Opening Ceremony, featuring remarks by Culver City Mayor Jeffrey Cooper and a special performance by The Actors’ Gang, will occur in the Fiesta Entertainment Tent on August 25 at 6 pm. Admission is free. More information is available by visiting http://www.fiestalaballona.org or by calling (310) 253-6650. The hours for Fiesta are 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, August 25; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, August 26; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 27. Parking is available at Veterans Memorial Complex and Sony Pictures Studios. To avoid parking challenges attendees are encouraged to bike, walk, or take the bus to the event. In fact, Fiesta La Ballona is recognized as a bicycle friendly event. Angel City Derby Girls will offer a secure bike valet for visitors who ride their bikes to the celebration on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pets are not allowed in Veterans Park and only ADA-compliant, trained service dogs will be admitted. Music and dance performances, as well as special interactive activities, are free. Food, drinks, and other attractions are optional at an additional cost. Carnival ride tickets are $1 each with volume discounts. Wristbands, purchased for $25 by 7 pm on August 25, are available for unlimited rides on Saturday or
Sunday until 6 p.m. Wristbands purchased after that time are $30. After 6 p.m., only individual ride tickets purchased at the ticket booth are valid. There will be musical performances and heritage dance presentations in the Entertainment Tent throughout the weekend. For more information see the special Fiesta section in this week’s newspaper. In addition to live performances many other attractions and activities will be available during Fiesta weekend. On August 25 seniors can enjoy early bird dinners, between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Pony rides and a petting zoo will open on Friday at 5 pm and at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. The Aquacade at the Culver City Municipal Plunge will occur on Saturday and Sunday from 11 pm to 6 pm. The Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center, located within Veterans Memorial Building, will be open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm with exhibits featuring Fiesta dresses and other memorabilia. The Exchange Club’s Beer & Wine Garden returns to Fiesta this year and there will be food trucks and Food Court booths offering many options including BBQ, global cuisine, classic American fare, and many desserts and sweets. Sponsors are the backbone of Fiesta and contribute to making the event a great success. The Fiesta La Ballona Committee appreciates the support of the local organizations and businesses who are sponsoring this year’s event. 2017 contributors include Gold Sponsors – Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chevrolet, and Co+Opportunity Market and Deli; Silver Sponsors – Cedars Sinai, T-Mobile, Tito’s Tacos, Kane, Ballmer & Berkman, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Steeldeck, Inc .; Bronze Sponsors – The Culver Studios, Backstage Bar & Grill, Heather & Art Realtors, Golden State Water, Ivy Station, HaltonPardee, Echo Horizon School, The Gas Co, Vivian Lesny Group, and AYSO Region 19 – Culver City; Fiesta Friends – Cavanaugh Realtors, The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum, and ZogSports; Media Sponsors –KCET, KLOS, and JACK FM; Event Activity Partners – Angel City Derby Girls, LA Galaxy Star Squad, and LA Kings Ice Crew; and Zero Waste Partner – Haynes Building Services.
For a full list of attractions, activities, live performances, and all other Fiesta-related details, see the special section in this week’s newspaper or visit the Fiesta La Ballona website at http://www.fiestalaballona.org. You can also find Fiesta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, featuring the hashtag #FLB2017.