Thousands of tourists and locals are expected to fill the streets of downtown Hermosa Beach this weekend for the Fiesta Hermosa festival. The three-day event is produced by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.
This arts and crafts fair will feature a main attraction of local artists and crafters including painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers and sculptors. And of course, there is no "Fiesta" without music and something to munch on.
Tribute Bands and Rock n' Roll
There will be live performances on two stages. The Main Stage, on Pier Plaza and the Strand, will feature tribute bands that perform age-old classic rock from Led Zeppelin to the Eagles to The Doors. The Beer Garden Stage, located between 11th Street and Beach Drive, will feature different musical genres including rock and roll, and rhythm and blues.
Performances are two hours long, starting on the Main Stage at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on the Beer Garden Stage at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. See the full music schedule here.
Food From Around the World
The Fiesta Hermosa Food Court will offer different types of ethnic food. Sample a taste of the world with tri-tip sandwiches, roasted corn, pad Thai, Brazilian BBQ, and Greek dishes. For dessert, try French crepes, funnel cakes or traditional Hawaiian shaved ice.
Children can enjoy the 30-foot slide, a number of mechanical rides, a rock-climbing wall and games at the Kiddie Carnival. Children 3 to 10 years old are welcome to play, ride a pony, visit the petting zoo and get their faces painted.
Beer and Wine Garden
The charity Beer and Wine Garden will offer beverages for festival attendees 21 years old and older. Serving these refreshments are local "celebrities," including Mayor Michael DiVirgilio and City Councilmen. All proceeds from the beer and wine garden will benefit 10 different local nonprofit organizations. And the Chamber donates $24,000 to the ten participating charities who work as volunteers in the garden.
Travel and Parking
Parking is free from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day, but be advised that spaces are limited. The "green" options to attending Fiesta Hermosa are riding your bike, which will be valeted free of charge at a newly expanded Bike Lot just south of the pier. Or use the free Shuttle Bus service.
A Green Shuttle Service, powered by green biodiesel, will also run daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from the Northrop Grumman Parking Lot at the intersection of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Doolittle Street in Redondo Beach.
Fiesta Hermosa will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is free.