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Canyon Lake’s Fiesta Day Park Hopper offers three days of fun, food, and festivities

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Canyon Lake’s three-day Fiesta Day Park Hopper kicked off tonight and will run through Sunday, offering three days of fun, food, and festivities. Held annually since 1973, Fiesta Day is considered the granddaddy of all Canyon Lake events.

Historically, Fiesta Day took place on the Saturday before Memorial Day. In 2021, with the COVID pandemic looming, the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association opted for a Fiesta Day “Park Hopper” event. Instead of all the festivities taking place at the lodge in one day, the festivities were spread out over the weekend and at several locations throughout Canyon Lake to avoid large crowds from gathering in one place. This tradition carries on today.

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Fiesta Day’s main event is its iconic hometown parade, an annual tradition that brings families, neighbors, and friends together to celebrate patriotism, honor the memory of those who served, and embrace the community’s theme of Lake Life. This event attracts 5,000 to 10,000 spectators each year.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. at Canyon Lake Drive North and Mayflower Drive. From there, the parade will make its way down Canyon Lake Drive North and turn right onto Vacation Drive to its endpoint at Lighthouse Drive. Streets along the parade route will close at 8:30 a.m.

The parade is followed by two days of activities, entertainment, and food at five locations throughout the community: Holiday Harbor Park, Indian Beach, Sierra Park, East Port Park, and the Lodge.

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Free shuttles at Blue Bird Hall and Gault Field will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stopping at each location on Saturday, May 27. Shuttles will not be running on Sunday.

The Fiesta Day Park Hopper schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 26

Pool – Dusk

    • Movie Night

Saturday, May 27

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

East Port Park – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • DJ
    • Spider Wall
    • Water Slide
    • Petting Zoo
    • Vendors
    • Food (Kabobaholic, Los Amigo’s, and Nothing Bundt Cakes)
    • Pickleball Lessons (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the pickleball courts)

Holiday Harbor Park – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Rock the Boat Concert featuring Black Rock Candy
    • Tubs Ride
    • Water Slide 
    • Vendors
    • Food (S&B Tacos, So Cheesy, Peewees Pastries, and Kona Ice)

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Indian Beach – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Reptile Show (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
    • DJ
    • Water Slide
    • Rock Wall
    • Face Painters
    • Vendors
    • Food (Carl’s and Cali Street Food Truck)

Lodge – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Live Music by Still Kick’n
    • Photo Booth
    • Stiltwalker
    • Bubble Play
    • Inflatable Axe Throwing
    • Vendors and Boats
    • Food (Shmack City Noodles Truck, Tiki Treats, Lighthouse Restaurant, and Hibachi & Ceviche Truck)

The Ski Shows have been a part of Fiesta Day for decades. Pictured are the ShowCal Skiers performing at the 2016 Fiesta Day. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Sierra Park – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Car Show
    • Cornhole Contest
    • Caricature Artists
    • Food (CLAMS Bratwursts, Urban Market Truck, and Enzo’s Kettlecorn)

Sunday, May 27

Holiday Harbor Park – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Rock the Boat Concert featuring Buck Up and Skynyrd Reloaded
    • Spiderwall
    • Water Slide
    • Food (S&B Tacos, Swag Daddy, and Tiki Treats)

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Pool – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    • Paddle Boats (pool with be closed to open swimming during this time)

Indian Beach – Dusk

    • Movie Night (Free popcorn and cotton candy to the first 150 people)

For more information about the Fiesta Day Parade, click here. For more information about the history of Fiesta Day, click here.

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