The 21st annual Festival Latino returns to Genoa Park this year, celebrating a rich history of Latin art and culture with the entire Columbus community.
From August 12 to 13, the park will be bustling with the sights and sounds of Latin America. From merengue, bachata, to contemporary pop, national music acts will be throwing down tunes to keep the crowd moving the entire two-day event. Here is your guide for Festival Latino 2017.
Parking & Transportation
Paid public parking is available at COSI throughout the festival. There are additional garages and surface lots throughout downtown. For a map of additional downtown parking, please click here.
Considering riding your bike to the festival? Bike racks will be available to festival goers! They are located at the Festival entrances.
Additional transportation includes COTA Bus, Uber, and Lyft. COTA will be running normal routes and stops and fares are just $2 each way. Don’t forget about the free CBUS, which has several stops along Front Street.
Everything kicks off with DJ Cale spinning Caribbean and Latin tracks on the Nationwide Fiesta Stage. He’ll be opening up Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and getting the party going early in the day.
International Salsa star, Charlie Cruz, will be showcasing songs from his hit albums “Imaginate” and “Asi Soy”. By 6:15 that Saturday, he’ll be ready to storm the Nationwide Stage with his signature style and charm.
Latin-Grammy nominated musician, Tito Nieves, has just finished performing in the off-Broadway play “I Like It Like That”. Now he’s ready to entertain fans and excite crowds at the Columbus Festival Latino that Sunday at 4:15 p.m.
Tono Rosario was the former lead singer of Los Hermanos Rosario. He’s earned three Grammy nominations and has sold over 100 million records. His unique meringue sound will be rocking the Nationwide stage, August 13 at 6:15 p.m.
Salsa Lessons with Carlos Rubio
Dubbed “The Salsa King of Ohio”, Carlos Rubio will be offering dance lessons at the Dance Plaza for anyone interested in learning the Latin step. Rubio is an instructor at the Salsamante Dance Acadamy and is considered to be Ohio’s all-time “winningest” salsa dancer.
El Corazon De Mexico
Enjoy a demonstration by Toledo based dance company “El Corazon de Mexico”. Translated as “The Heart of Mexico”, this dance troupe specializes in traditional Mexican folk dances.
Miss Ohio Latina Fashion Show
Local models show off a combination of both traditional and modern Latin fashions. Watch as they display the change and evolution of trends up to the present day. You can catch this showcase Sunday at 5 p.m.
For the full Entertainment line up, please click here.
Get all of your favorite wares at Festival Latino! Jewelry, arts, crafts, and other traditional Latino items will be available for purchase. Vendors include:
All weekend long, artists within the Latin community are showing off their art and illustrations to the public. This year you’ll be able to see the works of Nhora Regina Bermeo, Abraham Cordova, and Cecilia Roman.
From Balloon Artists, to face painting, to your favorite Columbus Mascots, the Children’s Area will have plenty of fun for the whole family! Don’t forget to stop by Creation Station, an area that encourages families, teams, troops, and groups of all shapes and sizes to work together creatively and fun without the use of modern day technology.
COSI Live Shows
All weekend long, COSI will be performing live science demonstrations and hosting learning activities in the festival’s Children’s Area.
Mexican Flower Making
You can assist the members of Organización de Damas Latinas as they help children construct big, beautiful, decorative flowers to commemorate the festival.
Enjoy authentic Latin cuisine from a host of different cooks and vendors from the local area. All the delicious sights and smells are sure to be too tempting to pass up. Food Vendors include:
Who’s ready for Festival Latino? Vamos a divertirnos!
For more information about Festival Latino and this year’s events, visit their website here.