By Marissa Willman

The city of La Quinta will be celebrating its 30th birthday this weekend at its annual community picnic at the Fritz Burns Park. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 60 local businesses and non-profits will set up booths at the park, where raffles, games and giveaways will set the tone for the celebration. The free picnic will also offer refreshments such as hot dogs, muffins and cold drinks.
The family-friendly event will also feature games for children and the pool will open for free swimming during the celebration. Performances will also be held on a special stage and feature singers and dancers from the community center’s classes.
In light of current economic conditions, the city elected not to create new events to celebrate the anniversary. Instead, the 30th anniversary has been incorporated into annual events such as the La Quinta Arts Festival. Local organizations are also hosting events to participate in the celebration.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church offered docent-led tours of the basilica-style church and cathedral to the public on Wednesday to celebrate La Quinta’s 30-year anniversary.
The city will also celebrate its 30th anniversary by rebranding its website and other materials to reflect the milestone anniversary.

If you go:
Fritz Burns Park
Avenida Bermudas & Ave. 52, La Quinta, CA
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


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