Special Events / Activities

The Irwindale Recreation Department offers a variety of family friendly events throughout the calendar year.   For more information on our special events, please contact the Dan Diaz Recreation Center at 626.430.2224 during regular operating hours. 


Dates are tentative and subject to change.  Flyers for the events will be available as the event draws near.  Events take place at Irwindale Park located at 5050 N Irwindale Ave, Irwindale, unless otherwise noted.  See event flyers for more detailed information.

MariachiFest - September 2 - 30, 2022

Enjoy the beauty and sounds of Mariachi music every Friday evening from September 9th - 30th.

Informational Flyer (PDF).

M.I. Fiesta - September 16, 2022

Join us as we celebrate Mexican Independence day.  This event takes place in conjunction with MariachiFest and includes music, Loteria, a costume contest and fun.  See MariachiFest flyer for more details.

Halloween Home and Lawn Decorating Contest - October 26, 2022 (judging)

Put out your spookiest decorations and show off  your ghoulish spirit. Enter your home in our Halloween Home and Lawn Decorating Contest. 

Pet Costume Contest - October 26, 2022 (judging)

Dress your furry friends up in their spookiest Halloween costume to enter our Virtual Pet Costume Contest.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest - October 27, 2022

Attention kids!! Enter our pumpkin decorating contest and show off your Halloween creativity! Pre registration required. 

Informational Flyer (PDF).

Halloween Spooktacular - October 29, 2022

Join us for a truly Spooktacular good time, carnival games, Bingo fundraiser, snack bar, 50/50 Raffle, Cake Walk and costume contest.   Fun for the whole family.

Informational Flyer (PDF).

Jack o Lantern Walk - October 29 and 31, 2022

Come visit our 1st Jack O lantern walk. Visitors are invited to the lawn east of the Dan Diaz Recreation Center to see the carved creations during both our Halloween Spooktacular event and Trunk or Treat event.  

Trunk or Treat - October 31, 2022

Great trick or treating fun all in one safe family friendly location! Children will trick or treat from trunk to trunk and check out all the cars decorated for Halloween.

Informational Flyer (PDF).

Dia de los Muertos Community Altar - November 1 - 6, 2022 

We are proud to coordinate our first ever community ofrenda where we come together to recognize and honor the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us with a community altar located west of the memorial garden.

Informational Flyer

Veterans Day Ceremony - November 11, 2022

Join us as we honor Irwindale Veteran's at our annual Veterans Day Ceremony. 

Scarecrow Alley - November 21 - 26, 2022

Residents, Businesses and City Departments are invited to show off their creativity by designing their very own scarecrow that will be on display at our 3rd Annual Scarecrow Alley event hosted by the Irwindale Recreation and Public Works Departments. 

Informational Flyer (PDF).

Christmas Spectacular & Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 2, 2022

Join us as we kick off the holiday season with our annual Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony followed by Christmas fun for the family at our annual Christmas Spectacular!  It only snows one day in Irwindale and that is during this annual event that also features Santa, Kids play area, and a  snow zone.   

Cookies and Milk with Santa - December 22, 2022

Children are invited to enjoy cookies and milk, play Christmas Bingo, listen to a Christmas story and meet Santa Claus.  Pre registration required.

Christmas Yard Decorating Contest - December 15, 2022 (judging)

Share the joy of the holiday season by decorating your front yard with lights and your merriest holiday décor. 

Coming in 2023

How the Grinch Stole Valentine's Day - February 9, 2023

Help us save Valentines Day from the Grinch and enjoy family friendly activities in the spirit of love! Pre registration required.

Valentine's Day Door Decorating Contest - February 9, 2023 (judging)

Show off your Valentine creativity by decorating your front door for all to enjoy. You may even win a prize! Pre registration required.

Locks of Love Community Display - February 1 - 28, 2023

Residents may purchase a lock to honor a loved one who is no longer with us.  Locks will be place on a heart shaped gate and displayed south of the Memorial Garden at Irwindale Park.  Locks will be available for purchase beginning January 24, 2022.

Sunset Cinema: Spring Movie - April 7, 2023 

Spend a fun spring evening under the stars watching a family friendly Easter movie, take a picture with the Easter Bunny and enjoy fun family activities before the show begins.  Movies begin at dusk, snack bar available. 

Easter Eggstravaganza - April 8, 2023

Easter fun for the whole family. Enjoy a magic show before the kiddos hunt for Easter candy and the coveted Golden Egg! 

Mother's Day Photo Booth - May 9 - 11, 2023

Celebrate your beautiful mother by coming down to the Dan Diaz Recreation Center to take a Mother's Day picture in front of our backdrop. 

Father's Day Photo Booth - June 13 - 15, 2023

Bring your Dad on over to the Dan Diaz Recreation Center for a fabulous photo op celebrating Father's Day!

Sunset Cinema - June 26 - August 7, 2023 (no movie July 3rd)

There is no better way to spend a summer evening than watching a movie under the stars with the family. Movies are shown every Monday evening at dusk. 

Music in the Park Concert Series - 2023

Enjoy live music at Irwindale Park every Thursday evening from June 30th - August 10th.  Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.

Red, White and You BBQ - July 1, 2023

Join us for a  family fun day as we celebrate our countries freedom.  Contests, food, games, activities and more will be available at Irwindale's  Red, White and You BBQ. 

4th of July Home Decorating Contest - June 30, 2023 (judging) 

Show off your American Pride by decorating your house with your favorite Red, White and Blue decorations.  

4th of July Spectacular - July 4, 2023

Bring the whole family as we celebrate our American Spirit at Irwindale's annual 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks show at 9:00 pm. 

Family Camp Out - July 28 - 30, 2023

Dust off your tents and sleeping bags and join us for a two night sleepover under the stars.  Pre registration required.

Happy Birthday Irwindale - August 3, 2023

Join us during Music in the Park as we celebrate Irwindale's 66th Birthday with free cupcakes (while supplies last).  Free fun activities will also be available for everyone to enjoy.

Back to School Event - August 2023

Join us during the final concert of Music in the Park for our Back to School event,  Free backpacks filled with school supplies for Irwindale residents and children of City employees who are students in TK - 12th grade (while supplies last). Resident/Employee ID card required.

Special Event Sponsors


  • Presenting Sponsor - Athens Services: Fourth of July Spectacular