Iowa City Latino Festival
Downtown Iowa City — Saturday, Aug. 27 at 12 p.m.
This Saturday, Aug. 27, the Iowa City downtown Ped Mall will be awash with sounds, scents and colors, as the Iowa City Latino Festival commemorates its fifth year. From noon until 9 p.m., dancers, musicians, artists and vendors will gather to celebrate Latino cultures and honor the heritage of this wide and growing swathe of eastern Iowa’s population.
Among the local Latino musicians taking the stage on Saturday are Tormenta de Oaxaca (cumbia musicians from Cedar Rapids), mariachi band Las Margaritas and Whensday, a bilingual/Latin rap performance. There will also be dance demonstrations and classes, including Corazon Latino Folkloric Ballet, Los Viejitos Latino Kids Folkloric Group, Mtachines, a traditional dancer from Durango, and a Kizomba Class. The event also includes a traditional Brazilian Carnival experience, complete with authentic costumes, Brazilian music and the Zamba Latino Dance Group.