Anyway you slice it, the Watermelon Festival serves up a ton of fun August 13 & 14 in Lake View Terrace at the new location of the Hansen Dam Soccer Park Complex. All day fun includes free watermelon, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, entertainment, a Kids Zone, and more. The 54-year-old tradition garners proceeds to enhance lives.

Co-presented by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club and the Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce, the celebration kicks off a 54-year tradition that pays tribute to the early days when watermelons were the prized crop of the eastern San Fernando Valley foothills. Hours are 11am to 10pm Saturday, and noon to 10pm Sunday.

Melon mania gets everyone into the act. Patrons can pucker up for the seed spitting contest at the “Spitway,” tap into their inner artist at the watermelon carving contest, or go for the gold in the watermelon relay. Free watermelon is in plentiful supply for all attendees.

The festivities also include a marketplace with an array of eclectic arts & crafts exhibitors and vendor booths, carving demonstrations, a battle of the bands, and strolling performers. In addition to the carnival rides and midway games, kids can enjoy rock wall climbing, a zip line, laser tag, a bouncy pit, and face painting, while the little ones should not miss the Melon-Dramatic Puppet Theater and interactive crafts area.

“We’re proud to present this unique event that makes fundraising a fun adventure that brings people together,” says Festival Director Paul Butler. “Proceeds from the celebration benefit charitable projects in the community.”

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Co-presented by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club and Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce

Date/Time: Saturday, August 13 from 11am to 10pm; Sunday, August 14 from 12pm to 10pm.

Tickets: General admission: $10; Kids ages 3-12: $6; Children 2 years & under are free.

Location: Hansen Dam Soccer Park Complex at 11480 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace in the San Fernando Valley. Parking is free.