Fiesta La Ballona

Veteran's Park, Culver City, California
August 24-25, 2013

The Wende Museum hosted a booth at Fiesta La Ballona for a second time with to promote the Museum’s collections and its move to the Armory building, which is adjacent to Vet’s Park where the event is held.

Fiesta La Ballona Days began in 1951 as a week-long celebration of the region's early settlers. The early fiestas evoked pride among the descendants of the "first families" and offered the entire community a playful opportunity to connect with its history. In 1985, the fiesta was reinvented as a "Festival of the People" and the then one-day event took on an international flavor. After five or six years, it evolved into a weekend fair in May. Then in 2003, the Fiesta was once again revived, offering events during an entire week in August with a culminating festival in Veteran's Park. In 2004, amusement rides were added, and in 2005 the Culver City Lion's Club opened the first beer and wine garden. The Fiesta La Ballona continues to be a celebration of the past, present, and future of Culver City, showcasing both its warmth and its sophistication, while offering visitors and the community a place for food and fun.