Play Days: Monterey Park's Birthday Celebration

Thursday-Sunday, May 10-13, 2018 at

Barnes Park


Celebrate Monterey Park's 102nd birthday and our recognition as one of America's best places to live and raise a family at the annual Play Days carnival and parade.

Birthday Celebration Parade

Fun for the entire family with local high school bands, dance groups, community organizations and VIPs. 
  • Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m.
  • Garvey Avenue (between Alhambra and McPherrin Avenues).
  • FREE parade entry for bands, drill teams, JROTC, novelty and more (Entry form PDF)
  • Watch the 2017 parade on YouTube.

2018 Grand Marshal -  Monterey Park Woman's Club

2018 Honorary Grand Marshal - Larry Sullivan


Birthday Celebration Carnival

Four days of thrilling rides and live entertainment at Barnes Park.
  • Thursday, 5-10 p.m.
  • Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight
  • Saturday, noon-midnight
  • Sunday, 1-10 p.m.

Ways to Save at Play Days

  • Pre-sale ride coupons are available until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 10 at the City Hall Recreation Dept., 320 W. Newmark Avenue.
  • Opening night special ride prices are available Thursday, May 10, 5-10 p.m. All rides $1.
  • All-you-can-ride wristbands $25, Sunday, May 13.

Spirit Bus Temporary Detour

Monterey Park Spirit buses will detour on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to the Play Days Parade. Please see the Spirit Bus page for more info.