Downtown Sets the Date to Kick Off Centennial Celebrations

Block-Party_graphic_smCulver City is turning 100, and the city’s hip and historic downtown area is excited to kick off the year-long festivities. Downtown Culver City’s ‘Block Party of the Century’ will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. (immediately following the opening day ceremonies).

A neighborhood-wide, interactive celebration of creativity, community and cuisine, the Block Party will feature free entertainment, with Culver City-based performing artists of all types — from A cappella singers to samba dancers, indie rock musicians to poets, comedians to gymnasts — filling the streets of downtown Culver City as they compete for the coveted people’s choice ‘Culver Cup’ and $1000 grand prize. A myriad of fun activities for kids and families will include face painting, chalk art, musical explorations and more. And a delicious mix of great food and drink will be available at the outdoor, ticketed ‘Taste of Culver City’ which will showcase Culver City as one of Southern California’s premier destinations for exceptional dining. Culver City culinary stars, including Akasha, City Tavern, the Culver Hotel, K-zo, Lucille’s Janga, Meet in Paris, Pieology, Rush Street, Wildcraft, Culver City newcomer Spinfish and more, will offer mouth-watering bites of yummy treats throughout the afternoon.

“I love this event because it exemplifies Culver City today: a vibrant hub bustling with artists, entrepreneurs, young families and longtime residents, all of whom are deeply committed to the community,” says Eric Sims, President of the Culver City Downtown Business Association and Director of Theater Operations for the Kirk Douglas Theatre. “By filling the streets with local talent, terrific food and family activities that engage and inspire, we’re celebrating this unique community built on 100 years of creativity and sharing its treasures with the world.”

Culver City’s downtown area is Southern California’s best kept secret, featuring a wonderful mix of historic buildings, boutiques, theaters, galleries and unique restaurants opening on to tree-lined streets. A year-round farmer’s market offers fresh fruits, vegetables and a selection of other fine foods, every Tuesday afternoon on Main Street. In the summer months, popular Third Wednesday neighborhood-wide “Happy Hours” offer Spiked Lemonade, Summer Tini and Spiked Tropical Punch tastings throughout Downtown.

Downtown Culver City’s ‘Block Party of the Century’ takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Live entertainment and family activities are FREE. Tickets to the ‘Taste of Culver City’ are $20 with advance purchase and $25 on site. Downtown Culver City is located just south of the 10 Freeway and east of the 405, between the intersection of Culver and Washington Blvds and Duquesne Ave. Take advantage of Downtown’s universal valet parking system: drop your car off at any one of four convenient locations, then pick it up at another. Free parking is also available for up to one hour in any of Downtown’s three municipal parking structures. For more information and to purchase tickets to the ‘Taste of Culver City’ go to downtownculvercity.com.

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