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Nonprofit producing Hispanic Festival downtown

August 8, 2018
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Hispanic Festival celebrates heritage downtown
The Hispanic Festival in downtown Grand Rapids is produced by the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Photo via fb.com

The Hispanic Festival is taking place this weekend in downtown Grand Rapids.

Hosted by the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, the festival will be from 5-11:30 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at Calder Plaza.

The event is free and open to the public.

It will feature stage entertainment, artisan vendors, Latin American food vendors, kids activities and more.

For the first time, the festival will feature a full mariachi band on Sunday.

Organizers are expecting 20,000 attendees.

Food vendors

Umbrella Azul
Las Rocas Postres y Taqueria
Arturo's Tacos
Tacos El Cunado 2
Taqueria El Rincon Mexicano
The Caribbean Bite
Enrique's Place
Pina Coladas
Mary's Tamales
Paletas Poncho

Business vendors

Viva Fair Trade
Mundo Souvenirs
Native Kichwa Arts
Mexican Village
MI Hecha a Mano
Guelaguetza Designs
Luna Gifts
MMG 10
Arredondo Novelties

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Founded in 1978, the goal of the Hispanic Center is to provide unmet social services to the Hispanic community in West Michigan.

The center is located in Grand Rapids' Roosevelt Park neighborhood, which the organization said is home to the highest concentration of Latinos in Grand Rapids.

It serves more than 12,500 people annually.