Pan Am Fiesta

Lakewood Pan Am Fiesta logo

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

Carnival rides at Pan Am Fiesta

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.
  • Girl in Pan American cultural dance costume

  • 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.

Kid about to bite into a funnel cake with carnival in background

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

Dr. Walter Montano and Jesse Solter riding in car in Pan Am paradeThe 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 (left).

Watch this Lakewood CityTV video about the Pan Am history.

You can learn more about the history of the Pan Am Fiesta here. 

Pan Am Fiesta Photo Galleries

See a photo gallery of captioned historical and contemporary photographs. 

You can browse these collections from past Fiestas:

2019 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery

2016 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery 

2015 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery

2013 Pan Am Fiesta photo gallery