Organizers of the 63rd annual Fiesta La Ballona will provide live music from some of the areas best bands at no charge to celebrate Culver Citys annual Party in the Park.
The celebration is held at Veterans Park and produced by the City of Culver City, local sponsors and hundreds of volunteers. Veterans Park is located at 4117 Overland Avenue in Culver City and complimentary parking is available.
Fiesta La Ballona will open Friday, August 23, at 4:30 p.m. with the Jumpin Joz Band performing a combination of swing, jump, jazz and early rhythm and blues. The evening also includes the Fiesta-Palooza where four of Culver Citys local teen bands will perform.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, the Mariachi Voces de Mexico will open the day at noon, followed by Instant Replay playing classic surf hits at 1:45 p.m. Female rocker Jennifer Corday and her all-girl band, Kiss Me Deadly, will bring their brand of 80s classic rock to the stage at 3:30 p.m. followed by the social awareness hip-hop band, The Bricks, at 5:15 p.m. (The Bricks concert is sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.)
On Saturday night, The Worlds Grooviest Disco Show, The Funky Hippeez, will be performing a two-hour disco dance party in their most flamboyant 1970s garb starting at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, August 25, at 11:45 a.m. Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca will open the stage with their cool blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms followed by Upstream, playing an eclectic blend of reggae and soca music at 1:30 p.m. Lisa Haley & The Zydekats will mix it up for festivalgoers with New Orleans zydeco at 3:15 p.m., and Katia Moraes & Pure Samba will close out the days live performances Brazilian-style at 5 p.m.
Fiesta La Ballona began as a weeklong celebration of the regions early settlers and has evolved into a three-day festival that kicks off the afternoon of Friday, August 23, and closes late Sunday night, August 25. The fiesta is named after the La Ballona Creek, an 8.8-mile waterway that flows through Culver City. Fiesta hours are 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, August 23; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday, August 24; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 25.
The fiesta is produced by the City of Culver Citys Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept. and the Fiesta La Ballona Committee. A variety of local sponsors also help fund and support the fiesta including California Mentor, Sony Pictures Entertainment and many more.
To learn more about Fiesta La Ballona or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the website at www.fiestalaballona.org and Like the event on Facebook, following it on Twitter, or viewing it on YouTube.