For nearly two decades, Albany’s Washington Park has been the site of the premiere Latino festival in upstate New York. Andthe Albany Latin Festival is returning to the park once again from 11am-6pm on Saturday, August 24.
The 18th annual family-friendly fest showcases Latino culture with a diverse array of food, crafts, children’s activities and, of course, plenty of high-energy music. And, yes, admission is still free.
Here’s the line-up of performances at the 2013 Albany LatinFest:
On Saturday afternoon, Albany’s Washington Park parade grounds were filled with thousands of people celebrating the 16th annual Albany LatinFest. A joint venture between the City of Albany and the Albany Latin Festival Association, the event attracts members of the Latin community from all over the Capital Region. In fact, Congressman Paul Tonko, who has supported this event and the Centro Di Civico Festival in Amsterdam for too many years to count, was on hand to speak to the audience and help introduce the sensational headliner, salsa music legend Tito Rojas.
You don’t have to be of Latin heritage or speak Spanish to appreciate the infectious salsa rhythms and songs that Rojas and his big band generated. But if you are Latin – specifically Puerto Rican – you certainly understand what it all means, both culturally and musically.
The 16th annual Albany LatinFest returns to Washington Park in Albany on Saturday, running from 11am til 6pm, celebrating Latino heritage with lots of ethnically diverse food, crafts, children’s activities and, of course, music! The fest is free and family-friendly.
In case of bad weather, the fest will move underneath the I-787 overpass at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, the same rain site used for Alive at Five.
Here’s the schedule of performances for the 2011 LatinFest:
The 15th annual Albany Latinfest takes over Washington Park in Albany from 11am-6pm on Saturday with a headlining performance by Anissa Gathers & the Ralph Sabater Jr. Orchestra, Gathers starred in the off-Broadway musical “Celia,” about the life and music of famed Cuban singer Celia Cruz.
Here’s the full schedule of performers on the main stage:
11am: The Washington Park Rumberos
2:30pm: Obbini Tumbao
4:30pm: Anissa Gathers & the Ralph Sabater Jr. Orchestra
There will be plenty of other things going on at the fest as well included food, art & crafts and children’s activities.
The rain site for the festival will be under the I-787 overpass at the Corning Preserve boat launch.
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