Ozomatli & Jefferson Starship
To Headline Topanga Days
Over Memorial Day Weekend
100% of the proceeds from this three-day fundraising event will go
to benefit the newly named Topanga Community Center (TCC), a 501c3
When: Saturday, Sunday & Monday—May 27th, 28th & 29th
10 a.m.—7 p.m. daily
Memorial Day Parade—Monday, May 29th, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
Where: Topanga Days: 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA
Topanga Days Parade: Pine Tree Circle, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA
TOPANGA, CA (March 2017)— 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 Saturday, May 27th at 5:30 p.m., and L.A.’s legendary Ozomatli on Sunday, May 28th, at 5:30 p.m., 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 Sunday.
Founded in 1973 by actors, writers, artists, musicians, and nature-lovers, who called Topanga Canyon home, Topanga Days began as a grassroots fundraiser to support the Topanga Community House. Today, residents remain a mix of artists, families, professionals and free spirits. Music aficionados, ranging from Millennials to Boomers, flock to the annual event nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains to enjoy art and craft booths, belly dancing, and more than 25 musical acts performing on two stages over three days. With plenty of activities for kids—from creative face painting to a Kids’ Zone with various games, a playground, giant slide, and bounce house—this event makes for the perfect family outing. Saturday is extra special, as Topanga Community Center members’ kids can enjoy the day of fun for only $5.
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 on Monday morning, May 29th. 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.
Parking is available on the street with free shuttle service. Limited handicapped parking is provided on the Community House grounds. Only service dogs with appropriate and current papers, wearing vests, are allowed.
Founded in 1949, the Topanga Community Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the Topanga Community House and its surrounding grounds. 2017 marks an official name change from the Topanga Community Club to the Topanga Community Center to better reflect the organization’s mission to serve the community with low-cost programs for children and seniors. Topanga Days is its main fundraiser of the year, and still boasts very inexpensive ticket prices for an entire day of concerts and outdoor entertainment.
Jefferson Starship was formed in 1973, blending members of Jefferson Airplane with a mix of like-minded musicians. For over 40 years, they have been making music by combining fresh notes with their classic sound.
Ozomatli, named for the Aztec god of dance, fire and music, was formed in Los Angeles in 1995. Their politically charged lyrics advocating social justice are delivered with their signature fusion of salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap and more.
Topanga Days Festival Prices are as follows:
Single Day Pass
Adults: $15 for TCC members / $25 for non-members
Seniors (65+): $15
Kids (ages 6-12): $15 (Except Saturday – $5 for member kids)
Kids Ages 5 & Under: Free
Military with ID: $15 (Except Monday – free)
Adults: $40 for TCC members / $60 – non-members
Kids (ages 6-12): $30 for TCC members / $40 non-members
Kids 5 & Under: Free
Topanga Days takes place Memorial Day Weekend from Saturday, May 27th, 2017, to Monday, May 29th, 2017, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The event is located on the grounds of the Topanga Community Center at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. in Topanga, CA 90290. The parade on Monday begins at Pine Tree Circle, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA, and ends at the Topanga Community Center. For inquiries please e-mail: [email protected] or call 310-455-1980.
For more information and tickets, kindly visit topangadays.com.