The Columbus Day Sports Festival, a free regional sports and community festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9 at Westchester Park.
The festival will feature professional and college athletes, live music, a “Taste of the Westside” along with 80 festival exhibit booths, including schools and organizations.
Event organizers say the festival will be will be centered on sports, entertainment, family activities, vendors and food while promoting the park’s programs, activities, local restaurants, community programs and local businesses. They also hope to showcase some of the new facilities at Westchester Recreation Center, including the skate plaza.
Funds raised from festival activities will go to offset costs for underprivileged children who are unable to participate in park programs due to financial constraints, an event spokesperson said.
Among the various activities held throughout the two-day festival are a professional skateboard competition, presented by Steve Berra and The Berrics; two “laser” paintball fields presented by Hollywood Sports Park; sports challenges in soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball and tennis; and family attractions including activities, games and awards.
There will also be live music and DJ performances, dance performances, a “Taste of Westside” food area and a beer and wine garden.