Lovers of Latin music and culture are invited to the 7th Annual Latino Festival held at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., this Saturday from 1-6pm.
The festival will begin with a welcome and opening remarks from special guest emcee Julio Martinez, known to Triangle listeners of La Jefa 540 AM as “El hombre de la Calle” or “The Man of the Streets.”
After the festival kicks off, there will be a series of performances throughout the day, starting off with the band Rey Norteno, followed by the Baile Boricua, a folklore dance presentation. Next, fitness instructor Lizbeth Vidal will demonstrate moves from the dance fitness program Zumba, which originated in Columbia. The day wraps up with performances by The Tropic Orchestra, a Latin dance band with Caribbean flair, and Grupo Barullo, a band from Puebla Mexico that entertains with its Cumbia Sonidera, a native music style that is known for its rhythm and flavor.
Not only will festival goers have the chance to dance to live, traditional music, but they will also have the opportunity to taste authentic foods, shop in the marketplace for arts and crafts and learn about health, education and employment opportunities available in the Latin community. There are plenty of hands-on activities for los niños to enjoy, and a soccer match will be played for the enjoyment of sports fanatics.
The festival is completely free and open to all. There will be limited seating provided, but bring a lawn chair or blanket, just in case.
For more information, call 560-4355 or click here.