Festival Latino is a free, family-friendly event celebrating family and community with two days of children's activities, music, food, fashion, art, and dance from the heart of Latin America.
The Festival began as a five-hour pilot project in 1996, and due to an overwhelming community response, was expanded to two days in 1997. After 13 successful years, City of Columbus budget cuts threatened to end the Festival in 2009, but Mayor Michael Coleman enlisted CAPA to take on the event. Under CAPA's management, the Festival retained its popular Latin cuisine, music, dancing, and community resource areas, and additional family-friendly elements were added including children's activities and Latin visual artists and authors showcases.
The Festival flourished, drawing a diverse hometown audience, as well as visitors from across the Midwest region. In 2013, the Festival's footprint was expanded to include Bicentennial Park, adding a second stage for more Ohio-based Latin music and dancing performances and increased children’s activities.
Festival Latino celebrates its 20th year in 2016, continuing its tradition as the largest Latin event in Ohio!