Topanga Community Club
The original fundraiser to help build the Community House for the Topanga Community Club (formerly the Topanga Women’s Club) was called the Strawberry Festival, begun in the early 1960s. According to the Topanga Historical Society, the first Topanga Days Country Fair was held in 1973. This annual fundraiser for the TCC, held on the three-day Memorial Day weekend originally had a 10K race, raffle, barbeque and square dancing, with a parade still held on the holiday Monday. Over the years, Topanga Days has grown into LA County’s bohemian rock music festival.
Topanga Days has become so much more than just a fundraiser for Topanga’s Community House. The weekend festivities are a mainstay event that embody a music lover’s way of life, welcoming new listeners and paying homage to the roots of Topanga’s musical history. There’s a belly dancing show by a local teacher, pie eating contests, kids games and so much more.
The festival draws upwards of 10,000 people of all ages from all over the county to listen to great music, buy crafts, clothes and eat a variety of foods. The unique Memorial Day Parade along Route 27 (Topanga Canyon Blvd.) is a highlight for many, and ends at the entrance of the Community House. The Boulevard is closed in both directions from 8am till noon on that day, so that the community can enjoy the parade safely.
This parade is one of the last of its kind, where costumed neighbors toss candy from their homemade floats, kids decorate and ride their bikes or horses, or participants simply walk down the boulevard with the Boy Scouts or the local Tae Kwon Do class.
We have headlined world class artists, such as Ziggy Marley, Colin Hay of Men at Work, Gregg Rolie of Santana, Canned Heat, Blood Sweat &Tears, and Venice, as well as many other great bands on our two stages. Topanga Days is also a time to come and hear local, up and coming bands in a venue that really allows the audience to enjoy!
The Topanga Community Club (TCC), serves not only Topangans, but neighbors from Malibu, Santa Monica, Woodland Hills and Calabasas too. Founded in 1949, it was originally known as the Topanga Woman’s Club. A 12-acre parcel was donated to the club in 1950 and a decade later, the house was built and the mortgage paid, all done by local volunteers.
The TCC offers free and low cost sports programs, classes & events for people of all ages. We are also home to other non-profit organizations for meetings, such as recovery and support groups, our senior citizens, the Canyon Sages, and the Boy Scouts. This private property is run by an elected, volunteer board, which maintains the private grounds on a limited budget, without receiving regular tax funding from Los Angeles County. We depend on memberships, property rentals and the Topanga Days fundraiser to keep the gates open to everyone.
Since the 70’s, there have been many events, including weddings and other rentals, held at the Community House. It has become a venue for the Topanga Symphony, the annual Nutcracker Ballet, monthly senior dinners, Topanga Youth Services events, holiday celebrations, an annual Swap Meet/Chili Cook-off, and Topanga’s Easter Egg hunt to name a few cherished events. It is a hub of the Canyon, serving nearly every canyon non-profit in some capacity or another over the years.
The TCC is also a designated Community Safety Area, to be activated in a disaster if deemed necessary by the L.A. County Fire Department.
Just like the volunteer effort to build the Community House in the 1950’s, Topangans came together again in October 2013 to build TCC’s new playground. And there have been countless other improvements to the grounds and house, such as the Children’s Organic Garden and the solar panels that were just added to help off-set the costs of running the property.
The Board of Directors is committed to continuing these traditions and to maintaining and improving the grounds for everyone to enjoy. However, the Board and membership cannot do this alone. Please join the TCC and embolden the independent and pioneer spirit of the Topangans who built this house!
This Memorial Day weekend, bring your friends and family to join the fun at Topanga Days and know that each ticket purchased contributes to the well-being of the Community House.