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Pan American Fiesta has fun for everyone

Pan Am Fiesta LakewoodPan American Fiesta returns! 
3-day event starts Friday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m.

Lakewood’s fiesta is the nation’s only community-wide celebration of Pan American culture. It is a great way for Lakewood residents to take part in one of the city’s longest-running traditions. The Pan American Fiesta begins its three-day, family-friendly celebration at Mayfair Park on Friday, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. The festival continues on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday.

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The fun begins with carnival rides on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Food booths are open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The fiesta’s traditional pancake breakfast, sponsored by the Pan American Association, will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for $5.00. On Sunday—Mother’s Day—breakfast and a gift are free for all moms from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. along with live entertainment and fun shopping at the fiesta’s craft booths.

Carnival rides, food, art, music and dancing

More than 50 arts and crafts dealers will bring their wares to the fiesta. In the Children’s Cultural Booth, kids can have a free, hands-on cultural experience featuring activities and arts and crafts from across the Americas. Organized activities will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Free entertainment begins on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with Mayfair High School youth bands and choral group. The fiesta’s opening ceremonies are scheduled for noon. Music and dance— including Latin Jazz, Country Western, Salsa and a Polynesian Revue—will continue on the fiesta’s main stage throughout the weekend. Residents are encouraged to enjoy 50s music on Saturday beginning at 5:00 p.m. in celebration of the city's incorporation in 1954. There will be lots of opportunities for Lakewood residents of all ages to try out their dance moves—or just listen—to many kinds of music.

For a complete schedule of fiesta events call 562-866-9771, extension 2408.

Free shuttle and additional parking at Civic Center

FREE shuttle service runs on Saturday and Sunday every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Lakewood City Hall (Clark Avenue/Del Amo Boulevard) east parking lot to the Fiesta entrance on Clark Avenue.

Event day ticket prices

Ride tickets will be sold at ticket booths in the amusement ride area during the weekend.  Tickets at the event 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.  A promotional wrist band will also be on sale for $30 and provides unlimited ride access on Sunday, May 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pan Am Fiesta dancers at Mayfair Park, Lakewood.