Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is Back!

Written by Joe Marcy, President, Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association

Together we celebrate. Our community tradition is back in-person!

The 49th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair - October 2-3, 2021

An event organized by the community, for the community.

We can’t wait to welcome you back! The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair is an event organized by the community, for the community. We need it now, more than ever. Let’s gather safely, fundraise for local non-profits and enjoy arts and entertainment. Admission is free.

The Hometown Fair is a platform for organizations to fundraise and raise awareness. When you purchase food, order a round of drinks or play a paid game, you support charity. The Beer Garden will help support Mira Costa High School’s Tech/Drama Boosters, Cross Country, Boys Indoor Volleyball and Band. The Wine Garden will help support Leadership Manhattan Beach and the Neptunian Woman's Club.

This year’s fair is special for many reasons. It’s a celebration of our community and our resiliency. Expect to see traditional fair elements with modifications.

We’ve been working closely with the County of Los Angeles and the City of Manhattan Beach. We share a common goal, to create a safe and healthy environment for all to enjoy.

Bring your appetite because your favorite menu items are back! More than 175 Arts and Crafts booths will line Valley Drive. The entertainment stages are loaded with talent. Battle of the Bands is back in person. We’ve expanded free games - enjoy them across Dorsey Field and Kid Country. You don’t want to miss the opening parade and ceremony on Saturday morning. We have an extensive collection of memorabilia donated by the community. Visit the exhibit at the Joslyn Center. Fair merchandise and Wine Garden drink tickets are available for pre-purchase on www.mbfair.org.

High-quality mugs, apparel (shirts, hoodies, tanks) and bucket hats will be sold.

The silent auction was so successful last year, it’s coming back! Beautiful jewelry, experiences, beach cruisers, hotel stays and more. Visit the fundraising booth on the fairgrounds or bid online. We added a raffle this year! With rising costs, we need the community to help support our fundraising efforts.

Here is what you can expect this year! 

Main Stage Headliners

STAGE HEADLINERS

Saturday

10am Frank Jung (Alt. Rock)

12pm JMD (Reggae/Blues)

2pm Gage Hall (Rock)

4pm White Chocolate Martini (Jazz / Blues)


Sunday

10am Battle of the Bands Finalists: The Meerkats & Fake News

12pm The Illusions (Rock)

1pm Wais (Indie)

3pm Cliff Beach (Funk

South Stage Headliners

Saturday

10:30am Randy Coleman

12:15pm Lisa Richie

1:30pm Joe Cipolla & the Pink Roach Band

4pm Dietz Brothers


Sunday

10am Hyperion Outfall Serenaders

12pm Thin Ice

2pm Jodi Siegel

3pm Scream Revolution

4pm Triple Bueno

Community Showcase

Saturday

11am Andy Roader

1pm Music Rhapsody Ensemble

2pm Smoky Hollow Bluegrass

5pm Blue Dice

Sunday


11am Rise Academy of Dance

1pm MB Poetry Circle &

Mira Costa Poets

and more…

Kid Country Activities

Saturday & Sunday

Animal Shows, Pony Rides, & Petting Zoo

11:00am Obstacle Course

11:30am Magic Show

12:00pm Hula Hoop Contest

1:00pm Sack Race

1:30pm Magic Show

Free games on Dorsey Field (unless noted below)

Saturday & Sunday

11am Sack Race

12pm Water Balloon Toss

1:30pm Hula Hoop Contest

2pm Ping Pong Contest (Ganz Memorial)

3pm Obstacle Course

3:30pm Jelly Bean Guess (Saturday only

Wine Garden Performances

1pm Kelly Fitzgerald (Saturday)

1pm Dave Leahy (Sunday)

Parade

Saturday 10am

City Council & Mayor Hildy Stern

Supervisor Janice Hahn

HTF President Joe Marcy

Manhattan Beach Boy Scout Troop 849

Girl Scout Troop 70755

Vintage Woodies

Mira Costa Marching Band and Color Guard

MBMS Choirs

And More...

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the fair charge for admission this year?

No, admission is free. It’s our tradition to welcome everyone.


What changes should we expect due to Covid?

We expanded our layout to allow distancing between booths.

Kid Country will have inflatable arcade games instead of bounce houses.

The Toddler Trot and Diaper Derby will return in 2022.

We ask our vendors, volunteers and guests to follow safety protocols.

Touchless, pre-purchase options are available in merchandise and wine garden.

We’ve moved our complimentary parking lot/shuttle to Kinecta Federal Credit Union at 1440 Rosecrans Avenue, Manhattan Beach. This location is closer to the fairgrounds, allowing for shorter travel time.

What else is new?

You have to try the new organic seltzers in the Beer Garden and roseade in the Wine Garden. They’re so refreshing and fun!


We want your feedback. Your fairgoer experience is important to us. Please complete the survey at www.mbfair.org.

THANK YOU

Thank you to our loyal fairgoers. We’re proud to serve our community. Thank you for nominating the Hometown Fair for the Best of Manhattan Awards - Making a Difference.

Thank you to the City of Manhattan Beach, our City Council and City Staff. To all the volunteers signing-up to work. (It’s not too late to participate, visit www.mbfair.org) To the businesses donating to the auction/raffle and to all the vendors showcasing fair weekend. To the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. We couldn’t do this without you!

Thank you to the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association Board of Directors:

Joe Marcy, President

Dana Old, Vice President & Director of Special Events

Jeanna Harkenrider, Treasurer

Karen Tokashiki, Secretary

Nellie Ambrose, Director of Games/Member At Large

Kari Carpino, Director of Volunteers

Diane Charvat, Director of South Stage

Tamarie Cuneo, Director of Arts & Crafts

Kim Edwards, Director of Information, Free Speech & Civic Corner

John Ewing, Director of Food

Mark Finley, Director of Main Stage

Renee Hall, Director of Food

Taylor Hartwig, Director of Community Showcase

Tom Jeffry, Director of Kid Country

Anne Kelly, Director of Merchandise

Robert Manriquez, Director of Environmental Services & Communication

Mary Morigaki, Director of Wine Garden

Mary O’Keefe-Fay, Director of Community Relations

Betty Wan, Director of Publicity

Peter Yollin, Director of Security

Bea Zimbalist, Director of Beer Garden

These individuals work tirelessly to make this event possible - including late nights in the Joslyn Center to implement new health and safety measures. They’re unsung heroes.


Written by Joe Marcy, President, Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association

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