Fiesta Mexicana coming to Flint, June 29-30

FLINT — Come enjoy a taste of Hispanic culture from delicious food to exciting entertainment at the Fiesta Mexicana June 29-30 in Flint.

The event is the largest celebration of Latin culture outside of Detroit and Grand Rapids and will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 29 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 30 at Our lady of Guadalupe Catholic church, 2136 W. Coldwater Road.

The 62nd annual event showcases authentic food, musical acts, cultural exhibitions and vendors. Musical acts include La Furia Del Ritmo from Grand Rapids; Los Hermanos Escamilla from Chesaning; Los Estrellas De Oro from Grand Rapids; and Gabriel Burciaga & The Bad Boyz from Adrian.

Entertainment also will be provided by El Ballet Folklórico Estudiantil, a youtharts program focused on preserving the Mexican culture. The group will perform Mariachi-style presentations throughout the weekend.

Admission is free, and there will be events for the whole family. Attendees will be able to purchase authentic Mexican and Latin American food including fajitas, tacos, tamales, enchiladas and Pan de Dulce or sweet bread.

Hispanics make up 5.1 percent of Michigan’s population, and their population in the region continues to grow. Nationally, Hispanics make up 17.8 percent of the U.S. population.

Anyone interested in participating as a vendor at Fiesta Mexicana may contact Rafael Vasquez at 305-733-1277. Additional questions regarding the event should be directed to Tòmas Tello at 810-516-5398. Learn more on Facebook at Fiesta Mexicana at Our Lady of Guadalupe. — J.J.