2016 Latino American Festival 10/9/16

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On Sunday, October 9, 1-5 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center, join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, authentic Latino food, artistic presentations, games for kids and much more!  Live performances and food vendors will be set up on the outdoor plaza, artisan and community vendors as well as arts programming will be located in the gymnasium (first floor) and activities for kids will be set up in the retail space (second floor).

Live Music & Dance (1-5 p.m.)*:

  • 1:30 p.m.: Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble: Launched in 1997, Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble is a 501 (c) (3) non profit arts organization.  A company of dedicated artists, a group of disciplined and rigorously trained, creative people that thrive on bringing Mexican culture and traditions alive to any stage.  Each member of the team brings passionate artistry, energy, and a deep love of dance, to each performing event. http://www.quetzales.org/

Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble

  • 2 p.m.: Mariachi Estrellas performs the most exciting and enchanting music the world has come to identify with Mexico – Mariachi.  The ensemble has established itself as one of the most outstanding performance groups based in the Nation’s Capitol, performing to audiences which have included diplomats and governmental dignitaries, television personalities, professional athletes and lovers of folkloric music. Wearing the traditional Traje de Charro, the group weaves musical harmonies and rhythms as colorful as the serapes Mexico is famous for.  They showcase the musical and rhythmic variations which have developed in the different regions of Mexico from both a historical and cultural perspective.
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Mariachi Estrellas

  • 3 p.m.: Elena & Los Fulanos is a bilingual folk rock band based in Washington, DC. Since 2011, they have been creating music that ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin rock. Influenced by front-woman Elena Lacayo’s experience growing up in two cultures (Nicaraguan and American), Elena & Los Fulanos creates a world where language and tradition meld with catchy melodies and inventive chords to enhance appreciation for diversity in an increasingly multi-cultural world. Their debut album, Miel Venenosa, earned a Washington Area Music Association (WAMMIE) nomination for Best Latin Recording in 2014. http://elenalosfulanos.com/
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Elena & Los Fulanos








  • 4 p.m.: Danny & Jimmy “The Canales Bros” are a latin urban and pop duo, that originated from Arlington VA.  Their music has been known for bringing “good vibes and amazing energy” every time they get on stage.
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Danny and Jimmy


*Performance times are subject to change.

Free Arts Programming:

  • 1-5 p.m.: Live painting demonstration with Mexican-inspired artist and Arlington resident David Amoroso. David’s paintings feature iconic portraits of everyday people and he also represents Mexican pop culture through his work. Learn more about David and see his work:http://amorosoart.wixsite.com/davidamoroso.
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David Amoroso – Painting Live

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Artwork by David Amoroso








  • 2-5 p.m.: City of Stories, Arlington: A bookmaking and story-sharing workshop with Arlington artist Sushmita Mazumdar: Local artist Sushmita Mazumdar has been encouraging people to share their stories while teaching them how to make them into Handmade Storybooks, which is how she shares her stories with her children, her parents in India, and people in the community. “When we learn how to make a fun and creative book with our own hands, we learn an easy way to share our stories with others,” she says. Join Sushmita, make your book, write your story of Arlington in it, and take it home while she keeps a copy for others to enjoy as she assembles storybooks into a display, into a City of Stories.


  • 1-5 p.m.: Drop in cooking class for childrensponsored by Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Learn how to make healthy snacks! Children will prepare a fruit yogurt while parents will gain healthy snack tips.
  • 1-5 p.m.: Craft Project – Paper Collaged Mexican Sugar Skulls


  • 1-5 p.m.: Kids’ Games:
  1. “Where in the World? Trivia Game
  2. Toma Todo
  3. Piedra, Papel, Tijera
  4. Mar y Tierra
  5. 1, 2, 3, Calabaza!
  6. Fun dance games
  • 1-5 p.m.: Face Painting

Food Vendors*:

  • Colombian Food: Lechona, empanadas (chicken and beef), platanos verdes (chicken and beef), pasteles de yuca, chorizo con papa, arepas choclo, arepas queso, water, sodas
  • El Gran Sabor Latino: Pupusas, carne asada, tacos, pollo, sodas, water.
  • La Tingeria: Chicken or beef tinga – marinated in a chipotle garlic sauce, beef tinga on a tostada topped with lettuce, crema and queso.

*Food vendors subject to change. The list of vendors will be updated as they are confirmed. 

Artisan Vendors:

  • AV Financial and Trading Solutions LLC: Handmade bags.
  • Colombia Handmade Art: Fair-trade handcrafted bags made by indigenous tribes of Colombia, promoting empowerment of women to lead a sustainable livelihood. Eco-friendly jewelry made out of natural seeds and organic materials.
  • Discovery Toys: Children’s developmental toys, games & books.
  • Elocuente Collections: Handmade backpacks, bags, men and women clothing and accessories.
  • Noggin Topper Hair Bows: Lovely handmade hair items, including hair clips with bows and other creations, hair bands, and pony tail streamers. All are reasonably priced, and made with a smile by a retired Arlington teacher.
  • Paparazzi Jewelry & Accessories: Necklaces, rings, bracelets, and kids jewelry priced at $5.

Community Vendors:

  • AARP Virginia: AARP believes age and experience can expand your possibilities. We create and connect you to unique tools and programs, help save you money, and tackle issues that matter most to you, your family and your community.
  • Ana G. Mendez University System: Bilingual university specially designed for the Hispanic community – high school students, GED, and adults.
  • Arlington County Democratic Committee: Information about Democratic candidates; voter registration.
  • Arlington Cultural Affairs: Cultural Affairs has joined with Americans for the Arts to participate in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 project to measure the economic impact of the arts and culture sector in Arlington and the US. A survey will be hosted at this table as part of the project.
  • Arlington Foster Care/Adoption Program: A service of Arlington Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services Division.
  • Arlington Free Clinic: Information on free, high-quality medical care to low-income, uninsured Arlington County adults.
  • Arlington Neighborhood Village: Information on how ANV assists older Arlington residents live independently and safely, while leading active lives.
  • Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families: Community outreach organization focusing on communication in the home between parent and child.
  • Arlington Public Library
  • Arlington Sister City Association-Coyoacan Mexico: Non-profit student exchange program.
  • Dieta Cero-Auto/Car-Free Diet: Arlington’s Car-Free Diet, the easy, fun way to see how incredible it can feel to live a car-free or car-lite lifestyle. Each time you leave your car at home — choosing instead to ride ART or Metro, bike, walk or telework — you can save money, improve your health and clean our environment.
  • Enroll Virginia: Educational flyers announcing open enrollment for 2017 for local “ObamaCare” in person assistance..
  • Neighborhood Health
  • NOVA Scripts Central: NOVA ScriptCentral’s mission is to provide quality integrated pharmaceutical care and medication access to the low-income uninsured children and adults of Northern Virginia. We envision pharmaceutical services as an integral component of primary care for all patients.
  • Republican National Committee
  • Voter Registration

Interested in participating as a community or artisan vendor?  Fill out the online form to sign up.

Go car free to the festival! Take ART 41, ART 45 or any Arlington 16-line Metrobus to Arlington Mill Community Center. Visit arlingtontransit.com for bus route and schedule info.
¡Ven sin auto al Festival! Toma el ART 41, ART 45 o cualquier línea 16 de Metrobus para ir al Arlington Mill Community Center. Visita arlingtontransit.com para ver las rutas y horarios de los buses.