Hispanic Festival takes over downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Calder Plaza will be packed this weekend as the 37th annual Hispanic Festival gets under way. The festival will have fantastic food, live entertainment, a 3v3 Futsal Tournament, and kids activities.Futsal

The Hispanic Center of West Michigan is helping coordinate the festival. Some of the events you can enjoy this year are live entertainment, kids activities with the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and a 3v3 Futsal Tournament sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. There is also a Mercado featuring traditional and artisan wares.

TortaA big part of the festival is the food. There are several vendors selling everything from traditional Mexican fare to American festival foods. Su Casa Restaurante is one of them, serving up fresh tortas, tacos, burritos, tamales, and churros.

Something special on Friday was a monarch butterfly release with John Ball Zoo. Monarch butterflies migrate 2,500 to Mexico every year. Kids got the chance to sign up to release one of those butterflies as they begin their journey.

Money raised at the festival will go to support the programs at The Hispanic Center of West Michigan.

The Hispanic Festival is Friday, September 5 until 11:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. It is free and open to the public!

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