The countdown has begun.
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 each year. 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 24, 2016 in downtown Winston-Salem covering a 4 block area marking it's 24th year. Different from past year's, Fiesta will not be on 4th street this year. This year FIESTA will be in front of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts stretching to Holly Avenue and to the right at the intersections of 4th Street with Poplar and Spruce. Winston-Square Square Park and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Art are also part of Fiesta. For the second time at FIESTA a second cultural stage in front of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts will provide additional entertainment. The Hispanic League is proud to coordinate with USCIS to have the first ever Naturalization Ceremony at a FIESTA event. 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 one 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 Quimbao. 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 additional information. We are now taking applications for food, business, and craft vendors as well as sponsors, see below to access more information.