Lakewood’s largest event, The Pan American Festival began in 1945 by two Lakewood Lion’s Club Members who wanted to bridge the space and language boundaries which separated North and South America.
The Pan American Festival has evolved over the years to include many different aspects, including the El Comienzo Luncheon signifying “the beginning” of the festival events; a poster contest through the schools; a Flags Exchange Ceremony; a poetry contest and more. Residents are most familiar with the three-day Pan American Fiesta held at Mayfair Park in May. Click for sample event flyer
This fun-filled family event highlights the Festival each year. The Fiesta is a longtime Lakewood tradition and features arts/crafts, displays, food booths, entertainment and amusement rides. Over 100 community organizations sponsor food, crafts and display booths. Fiesta participants can purchase refreshments, such as tacos, burritos, hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued ribs, nachos, pizza and more.
Residents, community group members and members of the Lakewood Artist Guild will exhibit and sell handmade arts and crafts items. Exhibits will include: country crafts, T-shirts/sweatshirts, wood works, toys, dolls, ceramics and jewelry, to name a few.
The Fiesta is sponsored by the City of Lakewood and the Pan American Association. For more information about the Pan American Fiesta or a craft/food booth application, please call the City of Lakewood Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771, extension 2408.