2022 California Watermelon Festival is back and is better than ever!
If there is one festival you have to go to with your family this summer, it's California Watermelon Festival at Hansen Dam Soccer Fields! And if you keep reading we will tell you why! The Watermelon Festival is the yummiest, most entertaining, and most fun event of this summer featuring chilled all-you-can-eat watermelon, a free kid's zone, rides, a costume contest, watermelon carvings, live art, live music, custom cars, and watermelon specialty dishes!
California Watermelon Festival is happening on June 11 & 12, 2022, right after schools are over, making it a perfect event to celebrate the start of Summer!
The festival features giant big rigs filled to the brim with farm-fresh watermelons with unlimited fresh chilled slices for you to enjoy. The California Watermelon Festival buys over 50,000 pounds of the best, largest, sweetest melons in the state, freshly harvested, chilled, and sliced. It’s yummy-in-my-tummy madness and all-you-can-eat ALL DAY!
WATERMELON COSTUME CONTEST
Get your sewing kit out and build one-in-a-melon watermelon costumes for every member of your family! Get wild, get silly, and go big with your design to compete to win awards! The watermelon costume contest welcomes participants of all ages. There is no fee to enter. Just be at the open-air stage on Saturday at 2 pm near the festival entrance. The winners win prizes and watermelon festival fame!
Get amazed by expert carvers at the festival as they create the most beautiful watermelon carvings in the Watermelon Court.
WATERMELON SPECIALTY DISHES
The festival won't be complete if you don't try some watermelon-infused specialty dishes! At the festival, you can find these specialty dishes and much more:
Wedge of Heaven (Watermelon wedge with dessert toppings!)
BBQ Chicken or Steak with Special Watermelon BBQ Sauce
Watermelon-battered Deep Fried Shrimp Tacos
Watermelon Salsa Tacos
Watermelon Smoothies with Honey and Tajin
In addition, there will be more than 20 vendors offerings BBQs to vegans and more to please every palate, even your picky eaters.
FREE KIDS ZONE
The Kid’s Zone is open both days from 10 am to 7 pm, and has so many cool activities for kids of all ages, and the best part is all the activities are FREE!
The activities at the kids zone include the following:
Melon-dramatic Children's Theater
Exotic Bird and Reptile Shows
The following is the children's theater schedule:
Captivating Critters by Reptacular at 10:30 am
Watermelon Pop by Watermelon Queen at 11 am
Rapunzel's Singalong Storytime by Rapunzel at 11:30 am
Captivating Critters by Reptacular at 12 pm
Kid's Watermelon Coronation Contest by Watermelon Queen at 12:30 pm
Frozen Summer by Frozen Sister of GAPP at 1 pm
Rapunzel's Singalong Storytime by Rapunzel at 1:30 pm
Watermelon Costume Contest at the stage near the festival entrance at 2 pm (Saturday only)
Watermelon Pop by Watermelon Queen at 2 pm (Saturday only)
Captivating Critters by Reptacular at 2:30 pm
Frozen Summer by Frozen Sister of GAPP at 3 pm
Rapunzel's Singalong Storytime by Rapunzel at 3:30 pm
Watermelon Pop by Watermelon Queen at 4 pm
Mermaid Photo Op by Watermelon Mermaid at 4:30 pm
Rapunzel's Singalong Storytime by Rapunzel at 5 pm
Captivating Critters by Reptacular at 5:30 pm
Mermaid Photo Op by Watermelon Mermaid at 6 pm
Kid's Watermelon Coronation Contest by Watermelon Queen at 6:30 pm
Some of LA’s top graffiti artists, such as Trade One, Cr8 One, and Skill One will be demonstrating their skills at the festival. They are masters of their craft and extremely fun to watch! This time you can also find live paintings by talented brush artists at the festival.
Top local bands will be taking the main stage both days to entertain you. The following is the full schedule for both days:
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Urban Soul at 12 pm
The Blackouts at 2 pm
The Moon tones at 4 pm
Chuck E. Bumps at 6 pm
The Sold! and Bones at 9:15 pm
Sunday, June 12, 2022
The Blackouts at 12 pm
The Manaticos at 1:45 pm
The Moon Tones at 2:45 pm
Flux Capacitors at 4:15 pm
Urban Soul at 6:30 pm
The sold! Bones at 7:30 pm
You can watch your favorite bands at the comfort of the Beer Garden next to the main stage and try a Watermelon Rita or one of several popular beers they have on tap! (for adults only)
Nationally renowned Cacho Customs and partners are curating some truly inventive cars at the festival this year. You get to see real steel art like you have never seen before.
Tickets are available online and if you purchase your tickets before May 31, 2022, you will save 20% on your tickets. Children under 3 are FREE.
Child Tickets (3-11): $9.60 online - $12 at the gate
Adult Tickets: $12.90 online - $16 at the gate
Carnival Rides: 10 Ride Super Saver: $25 online - not available at the gate.
To purchase your tickets in advance online, please click here.
RIDES & SUPER SAVER CARNIVAL PACK
You can buy a SUPER SAVER PACK OF 10 carnival rides for only $25, which is a 75% discount and won't be available at the festival! This is only available on advance purchases online. You then redeem your 10 rides at the carnival ticket booth.
Parking is available at the venue for $10. Limited street parking is available on Foothill Blvd. north of the 210 freeway. Ride Share drop-off/pick-up location is available near the festival entrance.
CONTACT INFORMATION AND ADDRESS
The 2022 California Watermelon Festival is taking place on June 11 & June 12, 2022, between 10 am to 10 pm at Hansen Dam Soccer Fields, located at 11480 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91342.
The California Watermelon Festival, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community. Proceeds support service-oriented non-profit entities and school youth development programs.