This page provides an overview of the City's 50th Anniversary Celebration. Check back for updated event information.
September 9, 2023
50th Anniversary Gala - Sold Out!
To culminate the year-long celebration, the City will host a dinner banquet open to the community at Terranea Resort.
RPV's Run for Myles 5k/10k
Join us for the first-ever RPV's Run for Myles 5k/10k run and walk. This event is hosted by the nonprofit Run for Myles and coincides with the City's 50th anniversary celebration. Lace up your running shoes and be part of this exhilarating event benefiting the preservation and enhancement of parks and trails in Rancho Palos Verdes. Registration fee: $40-$55. T-shirts and medals for finishers. Learn more and register at runformyles.com.
Sister City Third Anniversary Celebration
Join us at the Ken Dyda Civic Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for cross-cultural festivities celebrating the three-year anniversary of the formation of the sister city partnership between Rancho Palos Verdes and Sakura City, Japan. Enjoy live performances, family-friendly activities, and a food truck as Rancho Palos Verdes officials are joined by dignitaries from Sakura City who will be visiting to help RPV celebrate the City's 50th anniversary. For additional information, please contact Enyssa Sisson at 310-544-5274 or email@example.com.
August 5, 2023
Fourth of July Celebration
The annual Fourth of July event has been a City-hosted event since 1975, almost as long as the City has been incorporated. Enjoy food trucks, music, and children’s activities galore, with a special surprise in store!
May 13, 2023
The Fourth City Tree Grove was planted in 1977 at the then-Rancho Palos Verdes Park (now known as Ryan Park) honoring Gordon Curtis, Dorothy LeConte, and Fred Hesse Jr. for their contributions to the City’s incorporation. Bring lunch and join us for a picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live music and inflatables for kids. 50th anniversary branded blankets will be available for the first 50 households.
Picnic at the Fourth City Tree Grove
Join us for the annual Concerts in the Park series and enjoy afternoons of family fun and live music covering hits spanning the five decades since the City’s incorporation.
Concerts in the Parks
April 15, 2023
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Serenos de Point Vicente will proudly present the 38th annual Whale of a Day Celebration. This exciting event is fun for everyone. Whale of a Day celebrates the migration of the Pacific gray whale from the frigid waters of the Arctic seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California.
Whale of a Day
March 18, 2023
The 50th Anniversary Celebration hike and reception event at Del Cerro Park on March 18 has been postponed, as the Preserve may remain closed following rainfall for public safety and to prevent further trail erosion damage. A rescheduled date is to be announced. Please check back for updates.
POSTPONED-Celebrate the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve
History of RPV Art Contest
RPV residents and K-12 students on the Peninsula are invited to submit artwork to commemorate the City's 50th Anniversary Celebration! First prize winners will have their artwork displayed on the cover of the City's seasonal Recreation and Activity Guide. Second and third place winners will receive a 50th Anniversary tote bag with souvenirs inside.
Visit the Art Contest page for more information.
Use this passport (PDF) to guide you on a scavenger hunt to some of the City's landmarks! Snap photos of yourself or your family at each location and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org - the first 50 win a prize! If you can't send a photo, email the answers to the passport questions. Need a hint? Watch RPVtv's Walk and Talk Episodes!
A month of festivity! Join us for the second annual tree lighting ceremony and Skating in the Park event at the Civic Center.
Tree Lighting Ceremony: December 16, 2022
Ice Skating: December 16-18 and December 26-January 8
Skating in the Park
Celebrate fall with live music, arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, caricature artists, food trucks, and dessert vendors! Free shuttle and additional parking at Point Vicente Interpretive Center, 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West.
October 22, 2022
September 10, 2022
Join the City for a sign-unveiling ceremony to formally rename the Upper Point Vicente Park/Civic Center property after Councilmember Ken Dyda in recognition of his many years of civic service, launching the year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration!