Greater St. Louis
Hispanic Festival, Inc. will be presenting the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival at Soulard Park, 7th and Lafayette Ave. next to Soulard Farmers Market. The event will take place on Friday, September 23 from 10:00am to 10:00pm, Saturday, September 24 from 10:00am to 10:00pm and on Sunday, September 25 from 11:00am to 8:00pm.
“After a 2 year hiatus, we are excited to bring back the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival to Soulard and the City of St. Louis. For 3 days celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, St. Louis will be immersed in the rich and vibrant Hispanic arts and culture!”
Various features to this year’s festival include:
Live Latino Bands - We welcome national artists including salsa singer, Izis, La Enfermera de la Salsa (the Nurse of Salsa) and Sonora Dinamita band. Local bands including Tunay South American fusion band Tunay, Banda Aires del Sur Mexican band and Son de mi Tierra Colombian band will also be performing live.
Authentic Foods – Local “mom and pop” food vendors will prepare food from Mexico, Colombia, Honduras and more. Traditional foods include empanadas, tamales, tacos, arepas and pan dulce. Some local favorites including Havana Cuisine and Tango Argentina will also serving traditional dishes.
Folkloric Dancers – Carnaval de Tlaxcala brings traditional Mexican headdresses and dance. Local folkloric dancers from Mexico, Spain and Colombia will be performing throughout the weekend.
One Night in Colombia – On Friday, September 23 from 6pm to 10pm the Hispanic Festival will be celebrating all things Colombian including serving traditional Colombian drinks, Colombian music, live Colombian band, photo booth, Colombian Carnaval performance and the St. Louis Colombian Society will educate fairgoers on the Colombian arts and culture.
Hispanic Crafts – Craft vendors from Bolivia, Mexico and Ecuador will be selling clothing, blankets, jewelry and household goods.
Los Niños Kids Corner – Several activities will be available for kids including piñatas, Mexican paper flowers, Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead facepainting and other fun crafts and games.
Information booths - Several cultural organizations and businesses will acquaint the public with their programs and services.
One of the Fair’s purposes is to celebrate the common heritage of Hispanic nations particularly because of the rise of the Hispanic population in the greater St. Louis area. The funds raised are used to fund scholarships distributed to college-bound students and underprivileged children.
We invite the entire St. Louis community, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, to come and share in this festive weekend celebration of fun and fiesta for the whole family. Admission is free.