Organized by the Hispanic League, FIESTA is the annual FREE street festival which has become a downtown tradition in Winston-Salem and is the biggest fundraiser for the Hispanic League, expecting over 25,000 people. All the funds raised from FIESTA sponsors, vendors and donations support cultural, health, education, and college scholarship programs for the Hispanic/Latino community year-round.
FIESTA will be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 in downtown Winston Salem covering a 4 block area marking its 23rd year. Similar to last year’s event, the street festival will extend from 4th Street to Holly Avenue, Winston Square Park and includes Poplar Street, Spruce Street, the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art. New this year, is a second cultural stage in front of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. FIESTA is free to the public and is a rain or shine event where everyone is welcome to attend. This is a multicultural event where you can enjoy live Latin music, cultural programs, a children’s area, Latin cuisine, a beer and margarita garden, and local arts and crafts.
We are super excited to announce that the headlining band for this year is Los Pleneros de la 21. They are dedicated to fostering awareness, appreciation and understanding of the richness and vitality of Puerto Rican artistic traditions of African descent and Creole, as well as to promote their further development. Their overall goals are: 1) to present accessible public traditional music programming, 2) to expose inner city youth and others to the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico and encourage their active participation in these traditions, and 3) to perform a repertoire of works embedded in the rich tradition of Puerto Rican folk music to audiences everywhere. Check out some of their performances below.
The Hispanic League is hard at work putting FIESTA together so stay tuned for more information. Also, we are now taking applications for food and craft vendors as well as sponsors, see below to access more information.