The Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair was started by a group of residents in 1972 who wanted to promote community spirit within Manhattan Beach. The fair included a parade down Manhattan Beach Boulevard, turning north on Valley to the fair. From the beginning, the parade has included the Mira Costa High School band and drill teams and various city dignitaries in convertibles and old cars. The fair has also always included local craft booths, non-profit food and game booths as well as a variety of entertainment for children and adults.
The fair was incorporated on April 12, 1977 as a California non-profit organization. It has been a successful, non-profit venture ever since. The fair has always been supported by tremendous volunteers and the assistance of the City and its employees. There are no corporate sponsors. The idea has always been to keep the spirit of the fair as “Hometown” and avoid commercial advertising. The fair is a distinctive and special event that makes Manhattan Beach a unique and friendly place to live.
The fair provides a means for dozens of non-profits to raise money through sales made from food and game booths, and by staffing the wine and beer gardens. Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair Association Board of Directors are all volunteers. You must have ties to the Manhattan Beach community and be at least 21 years of age to be eligible for appointment. For any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.