Festival Mexicano could be just the ticket for Tri-Citians looking to escape the chaos of the hydroplane races this weekend.
The free festival is from 1 to 7 p.m. July 25 at Sacajawea State Park east of Pasco off Highway 12. There will be traditional music, arts, crafts, dance and food vendors.
Featured entertainment includes Los Bailadores del Sol, a Yakima-based folkloric dance troupe; Super Norteño and LaNueva Fortaleza, Mexico-based singing groups; demonstrations of Mestizo Latin music, as well as an appearance by nationally known folk artist Eva Castellanoz, who will demonstrate her wax and paper flower making.
The Washington State University Tri-Cities Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement Program (MESA) will offer a bilingual, hands-on children's science museum called Acceso a la Ciencia.
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"The celebration is part of the sixth season of a broader series of free events celebrating Washington's diverse cultures," said Rex Derr, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
The commission, which manages more than 100 parks, is sponsoring the statewide honorarium to celebrate Washington's 97-year-old park system.
Co-sponsoring the Sacajawea festival are radio stations La Gran D on 96.7 FM and KZHR 92.5 FM as well as La Voz Hispanic Newspaper.
Here's the entertainment schedule:
-- 2 p.m. Los Bailadores del Sol
-- 3 p.m. Super Norteño
-- 4 p.m. Mestizo music
-- 5:30 p.m. La Nueva Fortaleza