Latino Festival of Hightstown and East Windsor

Latino Festival of Hightstown and East Windsor

When

Sat, Sep 30, 2023    
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Where

Hightstown High School
25 Leshin Lane, Hightstown, NJ, 08520

Event Type

The Annual Latino Festival of Hightstown-East Windsor will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 12-6 PM at Hightstown High School, located at 25 Leshin Lane in Hightstown, New Jersey. The event is free and open to the public, and ADA accessible and free parking is available on site. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, October 1 at the same location and time.

Established in 2013 by local residents from Hightstown and East Windsor under the auspices of Rise Community Service, the purpose of the festival is to showcase the artistic and cultural traditions of Latinos in New Jersey and to promote intercultural awareness and understanding.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival returns to the Hightstown High School, where it originally began. The new location has allowed the festival to grow significantly as an outdoor event, now engaging thousands of participants. This year the festival will showcase a varied program: Andean music and dance from Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, as well as Mariachi music and Dominican jazz, and cumbia and salsa ensembles. The event will also include a health fair, arts and crafts, games, food sales and raffles.

The program will feature traditional Mexican Mariachi Flor de Mexico, Inti Andino, Ecuadorian dance ensembles Yachak Kallari and Folklor Azuayo, singers Danny Galan, Jake Ortiz, Gustavo Arce and Gustavo Andres, Dominican jazz saxophonist Carlos Estrada, Colombian cumbia band Sonora Dinamita, and the Venezuelan salsa band Los Adolescentes El Reencuentro. As per recent years, the festival will recognize individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to supporting the health and wellness of the Latino community and its residents.

The 10th Annual Latino Festival is organized by the Hightstown-East Windsor Latino Festival Committee, with generous support from Rise, A Community Service Partnership and sponsorships from JP Morgan Chase, Jersey Central Power and Light, Diversified Rack & Shelving, Sansone Nissan and many other business and community organizations.

The program is also made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.