Fiesta La Ballona presents three days of free live music and dancing as part of Culver City’s annual “Party in the Park” August 25-27. Fiesta is held at Veterans Park and is produced by the City of Culver City, the Fiesta La Ballona Committee, local sponsors, and almost a hundred volunteers. Veterans Park is located at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City.
This year, the Fiesta entertainment program celebrates a century of music with diverse performances. The Entertainment Tent will open on Friday, August 25 at 4:30pm with Corey and his Cohorts performing early Jazz and Swing classics. Opening Ceremonies will commence at 6:00pm with Mayor Jeffrey Cooper and members of the Culver City City Council, Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commission, and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee. Fiesta-Palooza will start at 6:30pm. Fiesta-Palooza, coordinated by Flynn Namala and Ryan Silver of The Blank Minds, will showcase local teen bands Eliza, The Narts, Leaving London, Mediocre, and Street Play.
Street Corner Renaissance, a Doo Wop quintet, will launch the performances on Saturday August 26 at 12:00 noon and they will be followed by Grupo Folklorico Macias performing folk dances of Mexico. Fortunate Son will pay tribute to the best of Creedence Clearwater Revival at 1:45pm followed by dances of Grupo La Rosa. Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps will sing the Blues at 3:30pm followed by Ho’Aloha Polynesian Dancers at 4:30pm. At 5:15pm, Corday Undercover will perform ‘80s Hits and beyond. Next, On The Edge Dance Studio performs lively Hip Hop and Jazz. Starting at 7:00pm, Fiesta La Ballona will present Hollywood Blonde in a two-hour dance party featuring Top 40 hits.
Cali Rose & The CC Strummers will open the program on Sunday, August 27, at 11:00 am with the sounds of ukulele. Orquesta Charangoa will then perform with a traditional Cuban orchestra at 11:45am. This performance is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Xorotroptzi will follow with Bulgarian heritage dance. Sunday afternoon will feature Crawdaddio performing Zydeco music at 1:30pm, followed by Brasil Brasil Cultural Center entertaining the crowd with capoeira. Quitapenas performs Afro-Latin music at 3:15pm, followed by Ballet Folklorico de Claudia Jeanette. The Fenians closes the entertainment program on Sunday with an hour-long set of Celtic Rock at 5:00pm. Stilt walkers, provided by Red Swan Entertainment, will intermittently rove the park both Saturday and Sunday.
Fiesta hours are 4:30pm to 10:00pm on Friday, August 25; 11:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 26; and 11:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday, August 27.
The Fiesta would not remain a reality without the support and generosity of all of its sponsors. This year’s sponsors include GOLD: Co+Opportunity Market & Deli and Sony Pictures Entertainment; SILVER: T-Mobile, Tito’s Tacos, Kane Balmer & Berkman, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Steeldeck, Inc; BRONZE: Golden State Water, HeArt Realtors, The Culver Studios, Backstage Bar & Grill, The Vivian Lesny Group, SoCal Gas Company, HaltonPardee Partners, Echo Horizon School, AYSO (Region 19), Ivy Station, and Culver City Rotary Club; FRIENDS: Cavanaugh Realtors, The Conservatory for Coffee, Tea & Cocoa, ZogSports, and Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum; ACTIVITY PARTNERS: LA Galaxy Star Squad (appearance August 26 12:00pm-4pm), LA Kings Ice Crew (appearance August 26 4:15pm-8:00pm), Angel City Derby Girls (Bike Valet); MEDIA PARNERS: LA Weekly, KCET (appearance August 26 11:00am-6:00pm), Jack-FM (appearance August 27 11:00am-3:00pm), and KLOS (appearance August 27 4:00pm-8:00pm); ZERO WASTE PARTNERS: Haynes Building Services.
To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org, call 310-253-6550, and find out more by liking the event on Facebook, following it on Twitter, or viewing it on Instagram.