48th Annual Topanga Days 2023

By Nonie Shore

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48th Annual Topanga Days 2023
It’s almost Topanga Days and the colorful Topanga Days Signs are decorating Topanga’s roadways to remind you to buy your tickets now before the event sells out. Every year, the fabulous festival and fundraiser for the Topanga Community Center (TCC), held over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27th, 28th & 29th, brings new life to the canyon with its bohemian groove and the ever-lovin’ and whacky Topanga Days Memorial Day Parade held on Monday, May 29th from 8:30–10:30 a.m. This year’s Grand Marshals are the Topanga Trash Warriors led by co-founders Joseph Rosendo and Roger Pugliese. The impressive parade of floats, cars, kids, firetrucks and more begin at Pine Tree Circle and ends at the Community Center, where Monday’s festivities will begin with Catherine McClenahan singing the National Anthem followed by a flag-raising ceremony honoring members of the military. All members of the armed forces, past and present, with military I.D. receive free entrance to Topanga Days. For information on the parade or register for a float, please visit topangadays.com/parade. This year, the festival is back to three full days, featuring over 30 bands on two stages, along with great food favorites like The Green Truck, Robin’s BBQ and Rock n Roll Pizza, and wonderful vendors, games and the kids’ Fun Zone is back! T-Days Horseshoe Tournament needs someone to organize and run the tournament held the afternoon of Sunday, May 29th. Let the ompetition begin! Please! With great bands on the main stage like Allah-Las, Main Squeeze, Young Dubliners, Venice and Forty Feet Tall on the mainstage, Topanga Days is well worth the price of admission to support your local community center. “Just consider how much one spends to go see a two-hour movie at Cineopolis versus a full day of music, games, vendors, food and so much more for a good cause,” says a local resident. The Corral stage features a wonderful local lineup of performers ranging from Americana and electronica to funk and blues bands and the Topanga Belly Dancers! The entire 2023 lineup, information and tickets are available online at topangadays.com. Tickets are available Online Only, so don’t let what happened last year when the event sold out, happen this year. Buy Tickets Now! Become a TCC Member: Get more bang for your buck by joining TCC or renewing your membership and get 50% off on tickets: topangacommunitycenter.org/membership Become a Volunteer: Earn a free pass for that day or sign up for two shifts for free lunch. topangadays.com/volunteer. Festival Costs Single Day Pass—Adults: $25 for TCC members/$50 for non-members; Kids (ages 6-12): $15 for TCC members/$20 for non-members; Ages 5 & Under: Free Three-Day Pass—Adults: $60 for TCC members/$135 for non-members; Kids (ages 6-12): $35 for TCC members/$50 non-members; 5 & Under: Free. Parking There is no parking available on the grounds of the TCC, so shuttles will be running up and down Topanga Canyon Boulevard from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Check the TCC website for updated information on Shuttle Stops, tickets and volunteer information: topangadays.com. Sponsorship & Support Topanga Days has always been a community favorite, run by a volunteer board, who put their blood, sweat and tears into making it a fun and safe event for all ages. The TCC cannot do this alone, as the costs to put on Topanga Days and still raise enough money for it to be a viable fundraiser, simply do not add up. That is why the TCC asks for local sponsorships and Parade donations. This year, the Community Center has been very fortunate to secure sponsorships of all levels that help offset the mammoth costs of this event. Support the Festival “We are especially grateful to our Backbone Trail sponsors this year: the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, Adrian Wright and Jordan Wright of the Wright Way Team at Compass, Molson Coors, and Snyder Sutton Real Estate,” says Nonie Shore, TCC VP in charge of Events & Fundraising. “Every sponsor makes a difference!” topangadays.com/sponsors. Support the Parade Join other local businesses, who have already generously stepped up to maintain the tradition of the parade as well. “Our community is so lucky to have generous contributors like Adrian Wright and Jordan Wright of the Wright Way Team at Compass; Endless Color; Exposition Studios; Suncoast Mortgage; Topanga Living Café; and William Preston Bowling, a Pritchett Rapf Realtor, who are financially supporting this beloved parade,” says Shore.

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