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TOPANGA DAYS IS BACK!
In its 44th year, the three-day family-friendly festival and fundraiser continues to draw a diverse group of people together through an eclectic mix of musical acts with plenty of activities that are fun for all ages plus local artists and vendors, food and the outrageous and whacky Memorial Day parade.
This year's musical lineup features the enduring '70s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Starship on , and L.A.'s legendary Ozomatli on , at , both on the main stage. The lineup also includes: The Brothers Gage, Deb Ryder, Few Miles South, Greenhorn Brothers, Hard Shine Blues Band, Kummerspeck, No Small Children, Raised on TV, Soluzion, The Blue Dolphins, Venice and Whiskey .
Madcap games and contests featuring names like Three-Legged Race, Baby Derby, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Egg Russian Roulette, Cherry Seed Spitting, and the notorious Pie Eating Contest, make for inter-generational excitement. A highlight of the weekend is the Memorial Day Parade morning, . The parade has an unabashed stream of floats, cars, horses, dogs, kids, fire trucks and more. This year's Grand Marshal is Wendie Malick, the actress best known for her starring roles in Hot in Cleveland and Just Shoot Me! Ms. Malick will lead the parade of dancing, prancing and singing in tribute to and remembrance of those in the armed forces who gave their lives for their country. The parade ends at the entrance of the Topanga Community Center, where the festival continues with a flag raising ceremony honoring members of the military, and local teen powerhouse Gabbi Beauvais will sing the National Anthem. All members of the armed forces, past and present, with military I.D. receive free entrance to the Festival on Monday, May 29th.
Food fare ranges from BBQ and Pizza to Mexican and Thai Vegan, with old-fashioned Kettle Corn, funnel cakes, ice cream, smoothies and much more. There will be beer, wine and our popular sangria bar, too.
A Little Bit of History:
The original fundraiser to help build the Community House for the Topanga Community Club (formerly the Topanga Women’s Club) was called the Strawberry Festival, begun in the early 1960s. According to the Topanga Historical Society, the first Topanga Days Country Fair was held in 1973. This annual fundraiser for the TCC, held on the three-day Memorial Day weekend originally had a 10K race, raffle, barbeque and square dancing, with a parade still held on the holiday Monday. Over the years, Topanga Days has grown into LA County’s bohemian rock music festival.
Topanga Days has become so much more than just a fundraiser for Topanga's Community House. The weekend festivities are a mainstay event that embody a music lover's way of life, welcoming new listeners and paying homage to the roots of Topanga's musical history.
The festival draws upwards of 10,000 people of all ages from all over the county to listen to great music, buy crafts and clothes, and eat a variety of foods. The unique Memorial Day Parade is a highlight for many, and ends at the entrance of the Community House. The Boulevard is closed in both directions from 8am till noon on that day, so that the community can enjoy the parade safely.
This parade is one of the last of its kind, where costumed neighbors toss candy from their homemade floats, kids decorate and ride their bikes or horses, or participants simply walk down the boulevard with the Boy Scouts or the local Tae Kwon Do class.
We have headlined world class artists, such as Ziggy Marley, Colin Hay of Men at Work, Gregg Rolie of Santana, Canned Heat, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Venice, as well as many other great bands on our two stages. Topanga Days is also a time to come and hear local up and coming bands in a venue that really allows the audience to enjoy!