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2016 Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival moves to new location

DES MOINES, IA – This year’s Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival will move to a new venue: Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines.

“We’re excited about this new location and to bring our event to more of the heart of the downtown Des Moines area,” said Joe Gonzalez, executive director of Latino Resources Inc., the umbrella organizations that oversees the festival.

This year’s festival, “A Cultural Celebration,” is from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25.

The Latino Heritage Festival is one of the most widely attended cultural events in Iowa, with between 10,000 and 20,000 people attending the two-day festival.

The festival includes various musical entertainment, dancers, martial arts performers, a children’s area, Latin American foods, a health village, an art tent, booths about the countries represented at the festival and more.

This year’s festival will feature more local entertainment acts that include Los Jóvenes Embajadores and Los Ninos del Tepeyac folkloric dancers.

The festival will be promoted through social media sites Instagram and Facebook with #ialatinoheritagefestival.

Cost to attend is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger.

For more information, visit, or contact Melissa Walker at 515-681-7731 or Visit Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival on Facebook and #ialatinoheritagefestival on Instagram.

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