City of Lancaster Announces “Season of Fun” with Annual BLVD Special Events
The City of Lancaster today announced its annual “Season of Fun,” and provided a preview of the many special events to be hosted on The BLVD from September to December. These family-friendly experiences feature entertainment, activities, and fun for residents and visitors of all ages. Upcoming events include: Celebrate America on The BLVD (September 9); Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix (September 29 – October 1); BooLVD Halloween & Harvest Festival (October 28); and Magical BLVD Christmas (December 9).
“When we first launched these annual BLVD events, our intent was to create community gathering places in order to draw people to Lancaster’s downtown and stimulate the local economy. We have definitely accomplished this; last year alone these four BLVD events drew an estimated 100,000 attendees,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “More importantly, all of these annual BLVD events provide a perfect place to bring your family, gather with friends, and meet your neighbors. Such experiences help all of us truly engage with others in our community and create a shared pride in our city. As such, these special events play a unique role in improving our region’s overall quality of life.”
The first event of the season is the eighth annual Celebrate America on The BLVD, which takes place Saturday, September 9. A patriotic party in honor of our nation’s troops, the event will feature live musical entertainment, an All-American classic car show, a pie-eating contest, fireworks, and a wide variety of activities for all ages. The BLVD will come alive at 5 p.m. with the main festivities of Celebrate America. The BeX Beer Garden will be located at Ehrlich Avenue. The Lockheed Martin Stage, located at Date Avenue, will feature Rat Pack Ricky and Just Us.
There will also be plenty of other entertainment and fun throughout the event. At 6:30 p.m., the BeX Bandstand will host the event’s special opening ceremonies, where active and former military personnel will be recognized. In addition, a video presentation highlighting all of Lancaster’s Hometown Heroes from the past three years will be displayed throughout the event. “Moving tributes” to Vietnam, Iwo Jima, 9/11, and the Korean War will make historic moments come to life throughout downtown, as actors re-enact iconic monuments and photographs from America’s history. Closing out the evening will once again will be a spectacular fireworks show. For additional information, visit: www.cityoflancasterca.org/celebrateamerica.
Just a few weeks after Celebrate America, the ninth annual Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix will hit The BLVD. The fastest street race in the nation, this three-day action-packed event will take place September 29 – October 1. Hosted in partnership with SuperKarts! USA’s professional event management team, the event features professional go-kart racers from throughout the nation – showcasing their karting skills at adrenaline-pumping speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
In addition to the high-energy kart races, the Streets of Lancaster Grand Prix will host an accompanying street party on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. The street festival will unleash loads of live entertainment and activities. More information, including race schedules, will be posted on the event’s website as the racing nears. Visit www.streetsoflancaster.com.
As the weather gets cooler, the BooLVD Halloween & Harvest Festival will once again take place, on Saturday, October 28. Now in its eighth year, the event features new hours, 1 – 5 p.m. This festival always offers a safer alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. In addition, groups and families are invited to participate in the annual BooLVD Costume Contest.
For the little ones, AV Dance Studio 81 will once again offer a kid-friendly haunted house. The BLVD will also feature a corn maze, as well as an expan0ded pumpkin patch. In addition, there will be plenty of autumn-themed activities for the entire family to enjoy. Harvest-style attractions will include carnival games, vendors, cookie & pumpkin decorating, and ghostly train rides. Additional details will be posted on the event webpage as the date nears: www.cityoflancasterca.org/BooLVD.
Wrapping up The BLVD event season will be A Magical BLVD Christmas on December 9. A family favorite since 2010, the event has become an Antelope Valley Christmastime tradition. The spectacular annual celebration, held on The BLVD between Beech and Genoa Avenues, always includes breathtaking entertainment, festive decorations, and Christmastime activities.
With the BLVD transformed into a charming winter wonderland, this event offers attendees the opportunity to ride a holiday train or sleigh; make original crafts at Santa’s Workshop; stop for seasonal short films on Date Avenue; and experience the North Pole Petting Zoo. In addition, real snow transported from the local mountains will create a children’s sledding area right on The BLVD.
A live ice sculpting demonstration will once again amaze attendees as a solid block of ice is transformed into a one-of-a-kind holiday work of art. That evening, the Antelope Valley Transportation Authority (AVTA) “Stuff-a-Bus” holiday gift campaign will once again make a stop on The BLVD, with attendees invited to bring new, unwrapped toys to help families in need enjoy the holidays. There will also be numerous holiday shopping opportunities at the event’s Christkindlmarkt and many BLVD businesses. As the event draws near, additional details will be available at www.cityoflancasterca.org/magical.
September is not only the beginning of the City’s autumn events; it also marks the beginning of the 2017/2018 Season at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC). On September 15, the season will open with The Lettermen, followed by Jethro Tull's Martin Barre Band (September 16) and Ruben Studdard (September 21). Additional highlights this fall include: Howie Mandel (September 23), Chubby Checker (October 20), and Wilson Phillips (November 11). In December, LPAC will once again offer a number of Christmastime favorites, headlined this year by the Pat Boone Christmas Show on December 15. For the full LPAC 2017/2018 Season lineup, visit www.lpac.org.
From special events to world-class entertainment, there is plenty to enjoy this season in downtown Lancaster. For more information regarding these and other City of Lancaster events, visit www.cityoflancasterca.org; or call the Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at (661) 723-6077.