Main Street Latin Festival
Friday, August 5, 2022 12:00 AM by Camille Doloughty
Grab your dancing shoes and salsa on down to Main Street for Columbia’s annual Latin Festival on August 27. Join more than 20,000 locals and visitors who are spicing up the city for this annual one-day festival of food and fun.
Start your festive Saturday early by stopping through Soda City Market, grab a Cubano coffee from Indah to kickstart your day and get in the spirit. Once you’ve done a little walking and a lot of shopping head to the 1400 block of Main Street where the festival takes place.
The hardest decision of the day will be what to have for lunch? Visit Venezuela when ordering arepas or stop by the Dominican Republic for their classic dish, Pollo Guisado. Get your favorite drink combinations blended in a pineapple, sip and dance along to live merengue, salsa, and grupero music and (try) to keep up with the samba dancers. You’ll be transported to all the beautiful countries represented.
You won’t want to forget the souvenirs. Bring home gifts such as hand beaded bags, colorful tapestries, and cowboy hats donned with flags from Mexico to Guatemala.
For over 15 years founder Genaro Padilla and his team, GG Productions, have put on the festival to showcase the culture of Columbia’s Latin community and “kickoff event” for the upcoming Spanish heritage month, observed from September 15 – October 15.
Come out to see and celebrate the growing diversity in our city and experience the sights and sounds of these Latin American countries for yourself.
Plan to celebrate throughout the year with the help of our annual events calendar.