Festival Latino 2014 – huge success!

August 29th, 2014 by admin

Festival Latino 2014, held in Bicentennial Park this year, drew more than 150,000 people during the two-day event. Already the largest Latin event in Ohio, there was a 25% attendance increase over last year’s Festival.

2014 is the sixth year CAPA has produced the Festival which strives to celebrate family and community with two days of children’s activities, music, food, fashion, art, and dance from the heart of Latin America.

Next year’s Festival Latino has already been confirmed for August 8 & 9, 2015.

For photos of this year’s Festival, check out our Flickr, here, or the slideshow below!

Festival Latino – August 9 and 10 in Bicentennial Park downtown

August 5th, 2014 by admin

The spirit of Latin culture will once again heat up Columbus with vibrant rhythms, spicy cuisine, and fun for all ages as Festival Latino presented by Honda returns Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, to Bicentennial Park downtown.
Festival Latino 2014 will include music provided by DJ Cale, Festival host B. A-Star, Latin visual artists, children’s activities, fantastic food, and world-class Latin musical artists including bachata master Joe Veras on Saturday, and the 14-piece merengue orchestra Los Hermanos Rosario on Sunday.
Saturday’s headliner, Joe Veras, is a deeply emotional and inspiring bachata singer. Born in the Dominican Republic, Joe adopted the nation’s romantic musical style and has seen great success. In 1993, he received his second Casandra award for Bachatero of the Year. Joe also received the Tropical Airplay Track of the Year at the 2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards for his single “Intentalo Tu.” His embrace of the traditional bachata style has made his album Carta de Verano one of the highest selling bachata albums in Latin America. Joe Veras performs Saturday, August 9, at 6:30 pm in Bicentennial Park.



Sunday’s headliner, Los Hermanos Rosario, is a wildly successful 14-piece merengue orchestra founded by the Rosario brothers in 1978. The brothers’ interpretation of the Dominican merengue first caught the attention of the public in 1980 with the release of their single, “Maria Guayando.” In 1993, the brothers struck gold with the release of the album Los Mundialmente Sabrosos. The single “Amor, Amor” hit #1 on the tropical music charts in the US, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Columbia. Over the course of their 35-year career, Los Hermanos Rosario has received a number of Platinum, Double Platinum, and Gold album awards and has toured the US and Europe extensively. Los Hermanos Rosario performs Sunday, August 10, at 6:30 pm in Bicentennial Park.


With a wide variety of food, art, shopping, and children’s activities, Festival Latino has something for everyone. Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of many Latin cultures as they come together to celebrate at Festival Latino 2014!

Festival Latino is Saturday and Sunday, August 9 & 10 from 11am-8pm. Festival Latino is a FREE event.

by Michael Keating