Fiesta La Ballona presents three days of free, live music and dancing as part of Culver City’s annual “Party in the Park” to take place Aug. 22-24. Fiesta is hosted at Veterans Park and is produced by the City of Culver City, local sponsors, and almost a hundred volunteers. Veterans Park is located at 4117 Overland Ave. in Culver City and complimentary parking is available.
Fiesta’s diverse performances in the entertainment tent will begin on Friday, Aug. 22 at 4 p.m. with ballroom dancing from Pat Ruane & Dancers; they will be followed by Jimmy Brewster and the Westside Band performing Rat Pack classics.
Fiesta-Palooza will start at 6 p.m. and showcase five of local teen bands including Silent Partner, the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Jazz Combo, Searchlights, State of Panic and Below 51.
Mariachi Voces de Mexico de Raul Sanchez will launch the performances on Saturday, Aug. 23 at Noon and they will be followed by Grupo Folklorico Macias presenting folk dances of Mexico. Jennifer Corday will return this year to perform 90s’ pop rock as Corday Undercover at 1:45 p.m.
The Murphy Family Bluegrass Band will open for the Doo Wah Riders who will per form contemporary and classic country favorites at 3:30 p.m. dee-Lightful Productions, which provides musical theatre camps and workshops for children and teens through the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, will perform selections from this summer’s productions of “Hairspray” and “Once on This Island.”
Fiesta will celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival with the Woodstock Tribute Band, performing the best of 60s Rock, at 5:15 p.m. Next, Grupo Folklorico LaRosa will perform lively folk dances from the Americas.
Saturday night’s last live performance will be a two-hour R&B dance party, beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Fly Guy and DIVA.
The sound of ukulele music, presented by Cali Rose & The CC Strummers, will open the program on Sunday morning, Aug. 24. Masanga Marimba will follow performing marimba fusion music at 11:45 a.m. Grupo Folklorico Tzintzuni will present folk dances of the Americas.
Sunday afternoon will feature TalkBack, performing reggae music at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Ho’Aloha Polynesian Dancers.
Roncovacoco’s performance at 3:15 p.m., sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, will feature Latin fusion music. Fiesta entertainment wraps up with Bollywood dances performed by Shingari’s School of Rhythm, followed by Paddy’s Pig at 5 p.m., which will close the entertainment program with Irish Rock and Folk Music.
Fiesta La Ballona began as a weeklong celebration of the region’s early settlers and has evolved into a three-day festival. Fiesta kicks off the after- noon of Friday, closes down late Sunday night. Fiesta hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.
Fiesta is produced by the City of Culver City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee.
A variety of local sponsors also help fund and support Fiesta including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Bunnin Chevrolet, Culver City Volvo Mazda, the law firm of Kane, Ballmer, and Berkman, Southern California Ford Dealers, Tito’s Tacos, Angel City Derby Girls and many more.
To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org and find out more by liking the event on Facebook, following it on Twitter, or viewing it on You-Tube and Instagram.