Each year, the Pan Am Fiesta returns Thursday through Sunday over Mother's Day weekend to Mayfair Park in Lakewood.
The Fiesta is Lakewood’s longest-running community event, dating back to the mid-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).
Read the full story about the origin of the Pan Am Fiesta.
See a photo gallery of captioned historical and contemporary photographs.
You can browse these collections from past Fiestas:
2019 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery
2015 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery
2013 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery
Find out about the Pan Am Fiesta's craft fair and how to reserve a booth.
Non-profit community groups are welcome to apply for a display booth, too.
Craft Fair page
Booth application and rules