Fiesta Hermosa

Photo via Fiesta Hermosa

Ready to kick off the summer in style? Head on over to Fiesta Hermosa for a weekend of food, crafts, games, and music.

The festival, now in its 40th year, takes place over the three-day Memorial Day weekend (May 26, 27, and 28) from 10 am to 6 pm each day. As the largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California, Fiesta Hermosa will feature more than 270 artists and crafters in downtown Hermosa Beach.

This year, the festival will go “green”: The buses and generators will be fueld with clean-burning biodiesel, made from used vegetable oil donated by local restaurants Patrick Molloy’s, Sangria, and Café Boogaloo. Glass and plastic containers will be recycled by Consolidated Disposal, and the food court vendors will be using compostible plates and cutlery. Extra bonus: If you ride your bike, you can take advantage of the free “bike valet” service run by Hermosa Cyclery, in the sand just south of the Hermosa Pier. While you enjoy the festival, they’ll check the air in your tires and run on-site diagnostic check-ups.

For adults, the popular Charity Beer & Wine Garden features drinks served by town “celebrities”, including the mayor, city council members. For kids, there will be a a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, rock climbing wall and bungee jump, pony rides, a petting zoo, facepainters, and games. Live bands will be playing throughout the weekend; you can view the full schedule here.

Fiesta Hermosa, May 26-28; 10am to 6 pm. Contact: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau at 310-376-0951

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