DLBA and Vice Mayor Garcia Host Fifth Annual Latin American Festival

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The Fifth Annual Latin American Festival returns to Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, September 7, in a new location. Co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, the event will take place on Historic Old Pine Avenue at 7th Street from 5pm – 10pm.

“The festival is a great opportunity to taste great Latin American food, listen to live music from Spanish Rock to Salsa, and participate in arts programs for the whole family,” shared Vice Mayor Robert Garcia. “I’m proud that Long Beach celebrates all of the diverse cultures found in our city.”

The evening’s festivities will include live performances from acclaimed bands La Santa Cecilia and Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia. La Santa Cecilia is a Los Angeles based music group that has performed with music legends like Elvis Costello and is known for their modern hybrid of Latin rhythms and rock and roll. Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia was formed by Ozomatli front man Raul Pacheco and is known for its lively and danceable Cumbia sound.

Numerous vendors selling hand-made clothing and original artwork, a beer and margarita bar provided by Agave’s, interactive opportunities, health & wellness information and authentic Latin Cuisine will also be featured at the event. Live music and dance performances will take place throughout the night on two stages and a children’s area will feature a variety of activities geared to younger guests. The Arts Council for Long Beach will provide piñata making and dance classes in the A Lot, located on the west side of Pine Avenue, just south of 7th Street.

“The Latin American Festival is a lively celebration of heritage and culture in Long Beach,” shared DLBA President and CEO Kraig Kojian. “We invite the community to join us for an evening of art, music, food, and fun in an expanding Downtown neighborhood of North Pine.”

For more information about the Latin American Festival, please call (562) 436-4259 or visit www.downtownlongbeach.org.

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