Get Ready for the Hometown Fair/MB10K WeekendOct 04, 2019 07:58AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
2018 Hometown Fair - Photo via MB Hometown Fair
It's time for the Hometown Fair and MB10K race - one of the biggest weekends in the year in Manhattan Beach. Here's all you need to know:
Starting Friday at 10:00 a.m., Valley Drive will be closed in both directions from Blanche Rd. to 15th Street until Sunday evening due to the Hometown Fair. Starting Saturday at 7:00 a.m., 15th Street will be closed in both directions from Valley Drive to Highland Avenue as well as northbound Valley Drive from 11th Street to 15th Street. Traffic impacts related to the race will last until about 12:00 p.m.
The 42nd Annual Manhattan Beach 10K will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 a.m. It features of the most scenic 10K courses in the South Bay with live music and volunteer mile timers calling out split times at every mile (and of course, Manhattan Beach's famous 10K announcer Susie Young). Over 3,500 runners will take to the streets for the course through downtown and residential Manhattan Beach, finishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier (see street closures listed above). For more details, see the MB10K course map and exit routes.
The race has been run every year since 1978. It is organized by a private group of individuals known as the Manhattan Beach 10k Race Committee. The race is a nonprofit event, with proceeds going to community fitness-related causes and scholarships. The P.I.E.R. Group...(Participated In Every Race) can be recognized on race day by the color of their race shirt - theirs are printed on a different color to distinguish them from the crowd and to honor their commitment to the MB10K.
The 47th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6. The fair was started by a group of residents in 1972 who wanted to promote community spirit within Manhattan Beach. Many of its original traditions, including a parade, local craft booths, non-profit food and game booths, and entertainment for children and adults, continue to this day. The fair is produced by an all-volunteer board of twenty.
Popular Hometown Fair highlights include:
- Water Balloon Toss (free game): Saturday 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.; Sunday 2:30 p.m., Dorsey Field
- Jelly Bean Guess (free game): Saturday 3:00 p.m., Dorsey Field
- Friendship Circle Event (for children with special needs): Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Kid Country
- Toddler Trot: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Dorsey Field
- Diaper Derby: Sunday 11:30 a.m., Dorsey Field
- Battle of the Bands: Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Main Stage
- Beer Garden: Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; last tickets sold at 5:00 p.m.
- Wine Garden: Saturday and Sunday Noon until 6:00 p.m.; last tickets sold at 5:00 p.m.
Parking and shuttles: Off-site parking will be at Northrop Grumman Lot, Building R2, on Aviation Blvd. at Space Park Drive, one block south of Marine. For fair-goers, the shuttle will run approximately every 15 minutes from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday.
Accessible parking is available on a first-come basis in the City Hall lot and the Joslyn Center Lot. Enter the lots from the corner of Highland Avenue and 15th Street by showing your accessible placard or license plate to the officer.
The Kiwanis Club of Manhattan Beach hosts a free stroller and bike valet station located at the Joslyn Center parking lot located at 15th Street, and on the north end of the fair near 21st Street.
See you at the 10K and at the Hometown Fair!