50th Annual Loiza Festival in El Barrio July 28 – July 30

The Loíza Festival in El Barrio

Presented By Los Hermanos Fraternos De Loiza & Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, the 50TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL SANTIAGO APÓSTOL DE LOÍZA EN EL BARRIO will be held at East 109th Street Between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

Festival Santiago Apóstol De Loiza En El Barrio, fondly known as the Loiza Festival in El Barrio, celebrates the African influence of Loiza, Puerto Rico in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. Looking to pay homage to the traditions of the homeland left behind, the Perez family from Loiza Aldea founded the community-based organization Los Hermanos Fraternos de Loiza and the festival itself. This year, the Loiza Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special street naming in honor of one of its fierce founders–Aida Perez. Festival goers will delight in traditional food and craft vendors, live performances of Bomba, Plena + Salsa, a host of kids activities and other surprises. With an intergenerational team of organizers, the annual summer event attracts a wide range of artists, vendors, and community leaders. Join us to experience one of the few remaining Puerto Rican cultural festivals in NYC. Have a blast creating child-friendly arts and crafts, listening and dancing to live beats, with an alcapurria or a bacalaito in hand.

50th Annual Loiza Festival in El Barrio July 28 – July 30

WHEN: July 28th | July 29th | July 30th

TIME: 11AM – 8PM | All Days

GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE, ALL ARE WELCOME (FAMILY FRIENDLY)

PROGRAM

FRIDAY | DAY 1 – CHILDRENS DAY | July 28th | 11AM – 8PM

11AM – 4PM |

Hand’s on art activities | Face Painting | Magician | Stilt Walker-Maria Cotto | Games

4PM – 8PM | Community Open Mic

 

SATURDAY | DAY 2 | July 29th | 11AM – 8PM

Performances:

Nelson Ramirez y Herencia de Mi Tambo

Ellas Son

Mateo y Cumbalaya

Son de Monte

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez and the Mambo Dream Team

 

SUNDAY | DAY 3 | July 30st | 11AM – 8PM

Processional begins at 11:30am at St. Cecilia Church ( E 106 St. BTW Lexington and Park Ave)

Performances:

Legacy Women (on the parade float)

Los Pleneros De La 21

Milteri Tucker & Bombazo

Flaco Navaja & The Razor Blades

Bronx Charanga

SPONSORS

Con Edison, Mount Sinai Hospital, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Positive Workforce, NYC CouncilMember Melissa Mark-Viverito, Apple Bank, and Harlem Week.