http://www.ibaboston.org/festivalbetances/ Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
85 W Newton St
Boston, MA 02118
Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Food, Kid Friendly, Music, Performing Arts
Festival Betances has become a staple in New England’s Latino community. Every year it draws a 3,000 multi-cultural audience. Through the years, Betances’ stage has seen multiple musical and dance performances, ranging from local and regional acts to international Latin music icons such as Larry Harlow from Fania All Stars, Tony Vega, and Tito Rojas.
The Festival is named after Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican patriot whose medical contributions benefited Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. He also became a leader in awakening national consciousness in Puerto Rico, and is considered one of the foremost intellectuals of the 19th century. There is a plaza and a mural dedicated to him where the festival is held.
Our family friendly weekend includes: a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, a grease pole competition, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other treats that highlight the diversity of Latino culture.