CULVER CITY — The city’s annual “Party In The Park,” Fiesta La Ballona, takes place this weekend, Aug. 26-28, at Veterans Park, 4117 Overland Ave.
The popular summer event features live music, food trucks and a variety of food concessions, a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, artisan wares and many family-oriented attractions for all ages. Admission and parking are free.
Last year, the fiesta attracted 30,000 visitors over the course of the weekend. Fiesta attendees can enjoy family-friendly activities, an extensive showcase of local organizations, a weekend dance party, roving performers and diverse dining choices.
The fiesta also promotes recycling and makes conscious environmental choices by being a zero waste event.
Susie Hansen and her Latin Band get the entertainment started at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26. That group is followed by a group of teen bands for the rest of Friday evening: Kaliber, Mariachi Clandestino, Those in Favor, Scoop and Silent Partner.
On Aug. 27, Vox Femina Los Angeles begins the festivities with the national anthem at 11:45 a.m., followed by Mariachi Voces de Mexico de Raul Sanchez, Grupo Folklorico LaRosa, the U.K. Beat (British Invasion music), On the Edge Dance Studio, Sega Genecide (1990s rock), Versa Style Dance Company, Jeri Curl (1980s funk), Grupo Folklorico Tsinzuni and the headliner Woody and the Longboards and Heartache Tonight, performing Beach Boys and Eagles music.
On Aug. 28, Cali Rose & the CC Strummers perform ukulele music followed by Upstream (Caribbean music); Grupo Folklorico Macias (Mexican heritage dance), Richard Bernard’s Oy!Stars (Klezmer and Mediterranean music), Ho’Aloha Polynesian Dancers, Brasil Brazil, Xorotroptzi (Bulgarian folk dance) and Igor and the Red Elvises (Siberian surf rock).
Fiesta La Ballona began as a weeklong celebration of the region’s early settlers and has evolved into a three-day festival. The fiesta is named after La Ballona Creek, an 8.8-mile waterway that flows through the city.
Fiesta hours will be from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Aug. 26 with carnival rides starting at 5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 27; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 28.
The city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee organize and produce the fiesta with the support from scores of volunteers. A variety of local sponsors also help fund and support the fiesta.