Pan Am Fiesta
The Pan Am Fiesta returns to Mayfair Park at 5720 Clark Avenue from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13.
• Live music on Friday and Saturday nights! The popular band Stone Soul will perform on Friday night and '80s band Knyght Ryder will be on stage Saturday.
• Bring your blankets, lowback chairs and enjoy the free concerts. Bring a picnic or enjoy the expanded variety of food for sale this year. There will be additional live music throughout the day on Saturday.
• On Friday evening and all day Saturday, community group-hosted food booths and food trucks (Chronic Tacos, Chubbee Monkey Truck and The Greasy Wiener Truck) will sell pizza, hamburgers, pastrami and meatball sandwiches, tacos, tri-tip skewers, hot dogs and more. Mister Coolee Ice Cream Truck and Mr. B's Kettle Corn will offer their specialty shaved ice, soft-serve ice cream and snacks.
Traditional Fiesta activities continuing this year include:
• Over 50 arts and crafts dealers bringing their wares on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• The Children’s Cultural Booth, where kids can have a free, hands-on cultural experience featuring activities and arts and crafts from across the Americas from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.
• The flag presentation ceremony of the United States and all the countries of the Americas at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Discount tickets on sale at Lakewood City Hall and at Mayfair Park through Friday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m.
• 10 tickets for $25 (one ticket good for one ride on Friday, Saturday or Sunday)
• Promotional wristband for $30 – unlimited rides on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Event Day Prices
• Thursday - $1 rides
• Fri/Sat/Sun – Tickets are $1.25 each, $20 for 20 tickets, or $40 for 50 tickets
(With these tickets, the number of tickets required for each ride will vary.)
• Promotional Wristband for $35 – unlimited rides on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pan Am Fiesta hours and entertainment schedule
Thursday, May 10
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Discounted ($1) carnival rides, plus games and concessions open
Friday, May 11
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Food trucks, food booths, rides, games and concessions
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Kick It Up Dance Studio
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Live concert: Stone Soul (Motown music)
Saturday, May 12
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mayfair High School (choral performance)
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Official Fiesta Welcome, Presentation of the Pan American Scholarship Winners and Flag Ceremony (Boy Scout Troop 65)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mae’ole Hoku Polynesian Dancers (Polynesian performance)
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Polaris Performing Arts Academy
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Louie Cruz Beltran (Latin Jazz)
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Live Concert: Knyght Ryder ('80s music)
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Over 50 arts and crafts dealers
11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Food trucks, food booths, rides, games and concessions
Sunday, May 13
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Rides, games and concessions
Residents are encouraged to consider the popular Mother’s Day Brunch at The Centre at Sycamore Plaza. Reservations are required. Contact TGIS Catering at 562-804-4434 or email@example.com. Then come to The Pan Am Fiesta afterwards for carnival rides and games--the single focus of the day.
Summary of festival hours May 10-13 at Mayfair Park, 5720 Clark Ave
• Thursday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Discounted $1 carnival rides, plus games & concessions
• Friday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Food trucks, food booths, rides, games & concessions
• Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Food trucks, food booths, rides, games & concessions
• Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Rides, games & concessions
The Fiesta is Lakewood’s longest-running community event, dating back to the late 1940s. It began as a handshake between two friends and fellow Lakewood Lions Club members. Dr. Walter Montano, the former Bolivian Consul to Los Angeles, and Jesse Solter, a local schoolteacher, agreed to begin a program to foster good relations with Lakewood’s Latin American neighbors--pictured riding in a parade (right).
Today, Lakewood’s fiesta is the nation’s only community-wide celebration of Pan American culture. And it’s a great way for Lakewood residents to take part in one of the city’s traditions.