National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from mid-September to mid-October annually. This family-friendly event offers a variety of educational and entertainment offerings, including: arts and crafts, a beauty pageant, a children’s area, cooking and dance contests/lessons, exhibitors and vendors, a health fair and live musical performances from local and regionally renowned artists.
The Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held at two locations. On Saturday, Sept. 16, festivities will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mae Farm (near the entrance to Lake Fayetteville off College Ave./Highway 71). On Sunday, Sept. 17, it will be held 1-5 p.m. at the Historic Downtown Square in Fayetteville.
The purpose of the Northwest Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Festival is to provide a unique opportunity for accessing the arts, culture and recreation of Hispanic/Latino Arkansans/Americans, while improving overall quality of life for all people in Northwest Arkansas by celebrating the many contributions and history of this important population base.
Each year the festival celebrates a different Hispanic/Latino country. In 2017, the festival is celebrating Argentina!
This is the region’s fastest growing and second largest demographic, more than doubling in both Benton and Washington counties over the last decade to more than 30,000 residents each, respectively. Funds will be reinvested in Hispanic/Latino-related community education efforts and used to support future festivals, further building upon Northwest Arkansas’ excellent reputation for acceptance, diversity and hospitality.
To learn more, visit nwahispanicheritagefestival.com.