Play Days

Monterey Park's 102nd Birthday Celebration

"Monterey Park, Best Place to Live"
Celebration for the birthday of Monterey Park on May 10-13, 2018 at Barnes Park.

Play Days Parade

This event is fun for the entire family. See the local high school bands, dance groups, clowns, and VIPs. 
  • Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m.
  • Garvey Avenue (between Alhambra and McPherrin Avenues).
  • FREE Parade Entry  (Application coming soon).
  • Watch the 2017 parade on YouTube.

2018 Grand Marshal -  Monterey Park Woman's Club

2018 Honorary Grand Marshal - TBA


Play Days Carnival

This is one of the highlights of Monterey Park's annual birthday celebration. In addition to the parade, there will be four days of rides at Barnes Park and live entertainment. 
  • Thursday - 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday - 5 to midnight
  • Saturday - noon to midnight
  • Sunday - 1  to 10 p.m.

Ways to Save

  • Pre-sale ride coupons are available until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the City Hall Recreation Dept.
  • Opening night special ride prices are available Thursday, May 10, 5-10 p.m. All rides $1.
  • Ride all you can ride wristbands $25, Sunday, May 13.

2017 Entertainment Schedule

  (2018 coming soon)
At the Barnes Park Tennis Courts/Food Court unless otherwise noted.

Friday, May 12

5:30-6:30 p.m.            Cheer Up (Rock Band)
7:00-10:00 p.m.          Casual Encounter Karaoke Band

Saturday, May 13

11:00 a.m.                   Play Days Parade, Garvey Avenue, Downtown Monterey Park
3:00-3:10 p.m.             Majesty Cheer and Dance 
3:15-4:15 p.m.             Adjenai (Light Rock/Contemporary Band)
4:30-5:30 p.m.             Hanabi Taiko
5:30-6:00 p.m.             YACA Dance Studio 
6:00-7:00 p.m.             Montebello Performing Arts 
7:30-9:30 p.m.             Gorilla Monsoon (Rudy Moreno Band)

Sunday, May 14

1:00-2:00 p.m.             The Heartbeats (Vocal R&B)
2:15- 3:15 p.m.            Sabrina 
3:30.-4:00 p.m.            Grace Ge Dance Studio
4:15- 5:15 p.m.            Stone & Co (R&B Band)
5:30-6:30 p.m.             Jonny West (R&B/Soft Rock Band) 

For more Monterey Park 101st birthday events during the Play Days weekend and beyond, please call recreation at 626-307-1388. 

Spirit Bus Temporary Detour

Monterey Park Spirit buses will detour on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to the Play Days Parade. Please see the Spirit Bus page for more info.