Culver City Fiesta La Ballona – Party in the Park!

It’s the weekend again! (Well, technically it’s almost over.) But we actually got out of the house quite a bit. I will be recapping that during the week. So first off, I’d like to tell you about the Culver City Fiesta La Ballona which was held at Veteran’s Park in Culver City (duh!). Fiesta La Ballona is essentially a carnival/fair in the middle of the city.IMG_8687

We thought parking was going to be a nightmare but surprisingly it was pretty easy because we were allowed to park on the Sony lot. How cool is that? And they had a shuttle ready that would take you to the event. As soon as we got there, dark clouds started rolling in. But that’s just our luck. Thank goodness it didn’t actually rain.


Coming onto the ground, they had set up a beer & wine garden and across from it was a tent with live entertainment. The high school band was playing and, let me tell you, they were really good!

We were supposed to meet friends there but since we got there early, we decided to go for a snack. And there was plenty of food with food trucks and booths serving anything from weird things like shark on a stick to more normal food like corn on the cob. Since you might have already read a couple of my stories, you know my taste in food is pretty eccentric.


So naturally, I settled for the peking duck fries. They were absolutely delicious. The hoisin sauce and scallions over peking duck on crunchy french fries. Who knew something like this existed? If you’re ever in the mood for the same dish, try finding the Phantom Truck here in LA and let me know what you think about it.

They also offer other kinds of fries (pork belly or shrimp dynamite, anyone?!) or all the same dishes with garlic noodles instead. Which I tried to, but I’ll admit that I’d recommend you to try the fries as a new customer. I can’t comment on what the other items on their menu taste like but I’m sure the peking duck melt will be just as great.


As time went on, our friends arrived and we retreated to the beer & wine garden to chat and relax. Towards the end of the night, Justin decided he wanted to go one some of the rides that they offered.

Let me tell you, as someone who grew up with German carnival rides: What’s scary about the American rides isn’t the ride itself but rather the upkeep. I’m not insinuating anything but some of the rides were missing panels or made some loud noises. But hey, that’s just my scared-self talking and everyone got home safely anyway!


Do you have a favorite carnival ride? I love the ones that spin but I really can’t do ferris wheels. (You know the height!) Let me know about your interesting carnival experiences in the comment section.

And yes, I’m aware that we go to way too many carnivals but this one was a lot of fun. Too bad they shut down really early. If you’re interesting in attending, the Festival La Ballona is going to happen again next year (hopefully!) and then you’ll let me know what you think. 🙂



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