Each summer the Civica Center Block Party and Fireworks Extravaganza rocks the Lakewood Civic Center with up-tempo live performances. The event includes hours of live musical entertainment, a Family Fun Zone and the "Taste of Lakewood." Fireworks culminate the evening's festivities at approximately 9:15 p.m. The event is typically held on a Saturday in late June.
The Family Fun Zone features activities for kids and families including amusements such as a mechanical bull, giant slide, adrenaline obstacle course, bouncers, joust war game, rock climbing wall, a pirate ship, mechanical cars and trackless train. The Family Fun Zone was in the parking lot south of the Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
The culinary delights of "Taste of Lakewood" support Lakewood’s libraries. A broad collection of local restaurants offered signature dinner entrees, refreshments, and snacks, with proceeds supporting local libraries.
A recent Taste of Lakewood showcase included these local eateries supporting Lakewood's libraries:
Aussie Meat Pies
Black Angus Steakhouse
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Corner Bakery Cafe
El Pollo Loco
George's Greek Café
Honey Baked Ham
Hot Dog on a Stick
Mr. B's Kettle Corn
Pick Up Stix
For event participants ages 21 and over, there is usually a Beverage Garden offering beer, wine and specialty drinks for sale on the Maple Room patio of The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. An array of finger foods was sold. A live video feed of the main concert state was viewable on screens throughout the venue.
For information call the Recreation and Community Services Department at 562-866-9771, extension 2408.