PALMDALE — Looking for something fun to do in Palmdale? The month of September brings to Palmdale a full lineup of events for the entire community:
Kiwanis Duck Race – Sept. 4
The 10th annual $1 Million Dollar Kiwanis “Duck Race” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at DryTown Water Park, located at 3850-B East Avenue S in Palmdale. Admission is $5 for spectators.
Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Palmdale West, the proceeds of the duck race will go back to the community and benefit more than 70 local schools and youth organizations.
DryTown Water Park attractions will be open for use; the lazy river will close at 7:30 p.m. for the races. There is no requirement to adopt a duck to enter the event. Ducks are $5 each and may be adopted online at www.duckrace.com/antelopevalley.
In addition to the chance to win $1,000,000, several prizes will be awarded, including: a $1,000 Sam’s Club Gift Card [first place]; a $700 Home Depot Gift Card [second place]; a $500 Walmart Gift Card [third place]; a $450 Sports Package [fourth place]; $400 Best Buy Gift Card [fifth place]; and Dining and Entertainment Packages [sixth to 10th place].
Antelope Valley International Heritage Festival – Sept. 12
The 21st annual Antelope Valley International Heritage Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Poncitlán Square, located at 38315 9th Street East in Palmdale. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival provides an opportunity for local residents to share their cultural heritage through ethnic foods, multicultural dance, costumes and artwork.
The event was started in 1995 by community cultural organizations to reduce intolerance in the local community. The organizations work together to foster mutual understanding among the diverse ethnic groups of the Antelope Valley.
For more information on this event, contact Committee Chairperson Robert Alvarado at 661-406-8801.
Gracefest – Sept. 18-19
GraceFest is a family event featuring music ministry, merchants, vendors, children’s games, a youth performance stage, concessionaires, interactive arts, speakers, prayer ministry and more.
The event returns to the Palmdale Amphitheater Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19. Friday is “Worship Night,” featuring musical performances by John Stratton, The Outsiders and Jake Hamilton & The Sound on the main stage from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free on Friday.
Saturday’s main event will run from 1 to 10 p.m. and will feature the Newsboys as the headliner, plus Hawk Nelson, Ryan Stevenson, Jake Hamilton and more. Local bands that will also take the stage include String and a Prayer, Real Life Worship SCV, Chris Correa, Journey Worship Band, Angela Hearns and a Tribes and Nations Ceremony.
Tickets for Saturday are $20 for general admission, with children ages 10 and under admitted free. This year a special VIP ticket is available for $75. Visit www.gracefestav.com for details.
AV Vets 4 Veterans Classic Auto & Motorcycle Show – Sept. 20
The sixth annual AV Vets 4 Veterans Classic Auto & Motorcycle Show is happening Sunday, Sept. 20, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Poncitlán Square, located at 38315 9th Street East in Palmdale. The event is free and open to the public.
It will feature live music by Boys Nite Out and the Boogie Woogie Mamas, Halau Hula O Kanoelani Polynesian Dancers, craft vendors, food, face painting and more.
A poker run, which starts at 9 a.m. at AV Harley Davidson, will be part of the fun. There is a $25 entry fee for the poker run. Proceeds will benefit Antelope Valley veterans. For more information, call 661-714-0454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay for Life – Sept. 26
The American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life – Palmdale will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, at Highland High School, located at 39055 25th Street West in Palmdale.
The Opening Ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. with a Survivor’s Lap. A Caregiver’s Lap, Luminaria Ceremony and Closing Ceremonies will be part of this important fundraiser in the fight against cancer.
For more information on Relay for Life – Palmdale, contact Jaimie Brickey at 661-940-4894 or email email@example.com.
[Information via press release from the city of Palmdale.]