Pan Am Fiesta

Each year, the Pan Am Fiesta returns Thursday through Sunday over Mother's Day weekend to Mayfair Park in Lakewood.

Highlights

  • Free live concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Community-group hosted food booths and food trucks sell a variety of goodies on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
  • Carnival rides and games Thursday evening through Sunday! Discount tickets are available at Lakewood City Hall and at Mayfair Park. 
  • Over 50 arts and crafts dealers bring their wares on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • The Children's Cultural Booth offers kids a free, hands-on cultural experience featuring activities and arts and crafts from across the Americas from 11 a.m. to 5 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.
  • Meet the Pan American Association's Ambassadors.
  • See the poster and poetry contest winners.

Summary of Festival Hours

  • Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.: Discounted $2 carnival rides, plus games & concessions
  • Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.: Food trucks, food booths, rides, games & concessions, live music
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Food trucks, food booths, rides, games & concessions, live music
  • Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Rides, games and concessions

Pan Am Fiesta History

Montano and SolterThe 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.