The two-day event is hosted by the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia or Concilio, and is part of the summer-long PECO Multicultural Series, which helps organize a number of culturally diverse festivals all summer.
This week’s festival celebrates the lively Hispanic culture present here in Philadelphia. Between Philadelphia Mexican Week, the Carnaval de Puebla and the upcoming Mexican Independence Day festival on September 15, festivals celebrating Latino heritage occur all year long.
Enjoy a variety of live music and dance performances; groove to salsa, merengue, samba, bachata, mariachi, cumbia and flamenco music. On the dance side, young performers take the stage in a youth dance competition featuring some of the best young dancers in the area, and awe-worthy dancers perform a scene from Broadway’s In the Heights.
Each evening enjoy headline performances from notable performers. On Saturday, July 13, check out a performance by Tonny Tun Tun, and on Sunday, July 14, watch Tony Vega as he performs on closing day.
Mix and mingle with movie stars, as the cast of the new movie Tio Papi joins the festivities at the Kidz Corner, a place just for the youngsters that boasts arts and crafts and face painting.
In addition to music and dance, authentic Hispanic food and crafts also fill the space along the Delaware River. Nosh on your favorite Latino eats while taking in the waterfront views and joining in the festival merriment.
The festival is rain or shine.
When: July 13-14, 2-8 p.m.
Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard between Market and Walnut Streets
More info: www.elconcilio.net