Festival Latinoamericano, or Latin American Festival, is an annual three-day Labor Day weekend festival in downtown Provo, Utah. The festival highlights Utah's Hispanic culture through food, vendors, and performances and is free to the public. It is currently in its eighth year.
History and Purpose
The festival started out small in 2002 by a local non-profit, Centro Hispano, as a way to involve local Hispanic immigrants in the greater community. The inaugural festival was a giant success, and quickly out-grew its South Provo location. The festival has since become a large yearly event in downtown Provo on the Utah County Historic Courthouse grounds on University Avenue and Center Street. In 2008, over 20,000 people attended the three-day event.
The event showcases local performers of Latin dance and music, and also allows attendees to further explore Latin American cuisine and culture through dozens of various vendors. Other attractions include carnival rides and lucha libre.