Colombian Fest International

Colombian Fest International

Photo by Patricia Torres

Colombians have been relocating to the Houston area for decades now, bringing the South American country’s flavors to the Bayou City in the form of delicious empanadas and the almost too-perfect salsa moves of bandeja paisa. For 14 years Houston’s Colombian community has celebrated Colombian Independence Day with Colombian Fest International, an all-day event packed with food, arts, crafts, kid-friendly activities and plenty of music on the main stage. “It’s an afternoon where people can celebrate their ties to Colombia, through the food, the music and the drinks,” says Ana Solorzano, who helps organize the festival. The sounds of salsa, merengue, reggaeton and vallenato will be well-represented in performances by Jorge Celedon, Guayacan, Charlie Aponte, Guarare Orquesta, Los Gemelos de la Salsa and Paula Zuleta.

11:00 a.m. July 23. 1000 Bagby. For information, call 832-512-6303 or visit colombianfest.com. $25.
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