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Posted on: September 7, 2023

Collaboration brings Cape Fear Latinos Festival to Live Oak Pavilion on September 23

UPDATE: The Cape Fear Latinos Festival has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 30. Click here for more information.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Following a large turnout last year, officials with New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington have partnered with Cape Fear Latinos to hold the second annual Cape Fear Latinos Festival at Live Oak Pavilion in Downtown Wilmington on Saturday, September 23.

The event, which is part of the community’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), will take place from 2-8 p.m. and have a range of vendors offering an array of goods and services, along with non-profit organizations sharing information on resources within the community.

“Last year, the Arboretum and Cooperative Extension graciously played host to the inaugural Cape Fear Latino Festival, and we were delighted to see so many in our community come out for this cultural celebration,” said Vannia Raya, Co-President of Cape Fear Latinos. “It became very apparent that a larger space to accommodate more people would be necessary and we’re so grateful for the collaboration to make it possible for Live Oak Pavilion to play host this year.”

Serving as a showcase of the rich diversity and contributions of Hispanic/Latino residents in our community, admission to the festival is free and the day will feature family-friendly activities, performances from local artists and a small parade starting at 1:30 p.m. to kick off the celebration.

“We are so excited to continue this partnership and see the Cape Fear Latino Festival grow so quickly,” said New Hanover County Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Linda Thompson. “Our office looks to foster engaging ways to learn and understand other cultures, and this festival is an opportunity to spotlight cultural awareness for our residents. This event was such a success last fall and we’re looking forward to seeing its impact again this year.”

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