The city’s growing Latino population is set to celebrate in Southeast Baltimore this weekend.
LatinoFest returns to the corner of Eastern Ave and Linwood St. in Patterson Park for its 35th edition. The two-day festival features a multitude of opportunities to dance. Spread out over two stages, the music includes salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia and duranguense.
Additionally, the fest will feature an array of arts and crafts as well as Latino food.
Proceeds benefit Education Based Latino Outreach, which was founded in the 1980s by community activitst Jose Ruiz. EBLO provides cultural and educational programming year-round, and Ruiz also advocated for Latino small businesses throughout his time in Baltimore. The city has gotten high marks for encouraging immigrants to move here in recent years, but it’s worth remembering that work to build a home for Latinos started long before the video campaigns.