From left, Diego Villalobos, Dianna Villalobos, Karla Arzate and Francisco Loyola at the inaugural Festival Orgullo Hispano — Hispanic Heritage Fest — at Kenosha Creative Space in September 2021.
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Second annual Hispanic Heritage Fest this weekend at Pennoyer Park

'Festival Orgullo Hispano' to feature food, music, dancers and more

By KENOSHA CREATIVE SPACE

Kenosha Creative Space is a nonprofit organization committed to creating economic opportunities for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and local partner organizations. The partner organizations and individual supporters share the goal of using their collective resources for the mutual benefit of the Kenosha Creative Space, the creative community and the community at large.

The second annual festival is set for Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 17-18).

Kenosha Creative Space in partnership with Lomeli Butcher Shop and Midwest DJ Productions will present the second annual Festival Orgullo Hispanio — Hispanic Heritage Festival — Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 17-18) at Kenosha’s Pennoyer Park, 3601 7th Ave.

Following up on a popular inaugural event in downtown Kenosha last September, this year’s event will be an expanded version of the one-day festival that attracted a great deal of attention in 2021, said Kenosha Creative Space Executive Director Francisco Loyola.

“Last year’s event showed us there is a large audience ready and excited to celebrate Hispanic culture in Kenosha,” Loyola said. “We are excited to come back with an even bigger and better event that will offer something for everyone in our community.”

The event will run from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Throughout, there will be a jam-packed schedule of live musical entertainers and DJs, and a host of food and drink vendors available to attendees.

Admission is $10, with proceeds benefitting the nonprofit Kenosha Creative Space — a downtown-based cultural hub for Kenosha’s creative community — as well as a newly created Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund.

Karla Arzate, owner of Lomeli Butcher Shop, said she and her business are proud to support the festival.

“I think it is important not to forget our culture and to teach the new generations where we come from and how beautiful our roots are — to teach non-Hispanics what we bring from our countries such as our delicious food, music and our Folkloric dances,” Arzate said.

“We can show at this Festival how much we have left behind in our countries, coming to a strange country to work and give a better life to our families. We want to show our community how much we can do when we come together.”

The crowd at last year’s inaugural event at Kenosha Creative Space.
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Entertainment lineup

SATURDAY, Sept. 17

  • Noon to 1 p.m. — DJ Pro Lion
  • 1 to 2 p.m. — DJ Angel Tear it up
  • 2 to 3 p.m. — Benjamin Mercado
  • 3 to 4 p.m. — La Perla Tapatía USA
  • 4 to 5 p.m. — Spirit Shakers ft. Loboz
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. — Flash Mob Dance w/ Erica
  • 6 to 6:30 p.m. — Taco Eating Competition
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. — TBA
  • 8 to 9:30 p.m. — Caché MKE
  • 9:30 to 11 p.m. — Los Plebes

SUNDAY, Sept. 18

  • Noon to 1 p.m. — DJ Puma
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. — Latin Hip-Hop
  • 2:30 to 3:35 p.m. — Tamanaco Tambor
  • 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. — Kenosha Symphony Orchestra
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Mariachi Los Caporales
  • 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. — Grupo Tridente
  • 6:20 to 6:30 p.m. — Speaker, Juan Torres
  • 6:30 to 7 p.m. — Cultura Viva USA
  • 7 to 8 p.m. — DJ Power Hour w/ DJ Diego Lobo & DJ Rolas
Food Vendors

Other vendors

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