Since 1961


About the Watermelon Festival

Located in the majestic Foothills of Los Angeles, the quaint town of Sunland-Tujunga is home to the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club – organizers of The Watermelon Festival. Over the past decade, the festival has grown into a destination event drawing families from all over Los Angeles and the larger Southern California area, necessitating a move to a larger venue – Santa Anita Park.  Folks come for a day or evening of good food, amazing live music, contests, games, exciting activities, demonstrations and of course free, all-you-can-eat watermelon. It is an official event of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley.

The Purpose:

  • Since 1961, the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club has organized and produced the Watermelon Festival. Every year, this all volunteer, non-profit event hosts over 15,000 people from all over Southern California. Funds raised by the Watermelon Festival are used by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club to provide  Financial support for Sunland-Tujunga schools, youth and community activities
  • Support for local cultural, artistic, historical, educational and service programs
  • Financial assistance with disaster relief
  • Support to promote and operate various health and vision conservation programs in California, across the nation and throughout the world.



Supporting the Community

Each and every year the festival helps over 70 different charities and non-profit organizations. We recommend that you get involved and support these wonderful groups below as well.

Helping Those in Need

  • Christmas and Thanksgiving Baskets
  • Sunland-Tujunga Temporary Aid Center
  • MEND Poverty Center in Pacoima
  • Christmas cards for service personnel serving in the Middle East
  • Bob Hope Chapter, U.S.O.
  • Ronald McDonald House, Pasadena
  • Emergency gift cards for victims of the Station Fire

Participating in Community Events

Supporting the Arts

Sponsoring Youth Programs:

And Supporting:

Further Financial Support provided for…


About Sunland-Tujunga

The twin communities of  Sunland-Tujunga are located north of Glendale and west of Pasadena, tucked away in the foothills between the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. The mountainous and rural suburbia is known for its clean air, rustic scenery, and an eclectic culture.

Demographics – An ethnically diverse community of about 65,000 people, primarily Caucasian, Hispanic, Korean, Filipino and Armenian residents with a broad range of incomes. Politically Sunland and Tujunga are part of the City of Los Angeles and geographically we are located at the western end of the Verdugo Valley which runs between Pasadena on the east and the San Fernando Valley on the West. The San Gabriel Mountains are on the north and the Verdugo Hills are on the south side of the Valley.

Media Coverage – Voice of the Village, The Foothills Paper, The North Valley Reporter, Daily News, La Canada Sun, San Fernando Sun, La Canada Outlook, Valley Section of the Los Angeles Times, Glendale News Press, KTLA, Westways Magazine, on-line calendar sites, posters, signs and flyers, website links.