One of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, Feria del Barrio brings together thousands to celebrate arts, education and community. (Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC)
Embrace the vibrant spirit of Latino culture in Philadelphia this weekend at the annual Feria del Barrio, one of the largest celebrations of Latino art and culture in the city.
Set for Sunday, September 8, from noon to 5 p.m., thousands of festival-goers are expected to take to the streets and sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood — the center of Latino culture in Philadelphia — for a daylong free music, dance and art extravaganza.
With support from four key local organizations — Congreso de Latinos Unidos, HACE, Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas and Taller Puertorriqueño — dozens and dozens of artisans and crafters, community agencies and local food vendors fill the city’s historic Centro de Oro.
Dynamic live music and dance keeps the festival crowds grooving all day long, too.
Taller Puertorriqueño’s children and youth dance ensemble gets the entertainment started just after noon, with award-winning poet Denice Frohman taking the stage around 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., and entertainment finally culminating in a performance from Plena Libre, a well-known Puerto Rican roots ensemble.
Plus, the family-friendly affair hosts children’s games and activities, making the event welcoming for the young and old.
In addition, as part of the Feria del Barrio tradition, an individual is recognized for his/her commitment to the community. This year, the honoree is Wanda Novalés, the chief executive officer and founding principal of the Pan American Academy Charter School, Philadelphia’s first elementary school designated as an International Baccalaureate World School.
Want to capture the day? Be sure to look for Philly Te Ama at the festival with a free photo booth!
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For the complete schedule of events, see below or check here.
¡Nos vemos allí!
Feria del Barrio
When: Sunday, September 8, noon-5 p.m.
Where: 5th Street between Lehigh and Cambria avenues
More info: www.tallerpr.org