Chattanooga Now Latin Festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month at Chattanooga State

Chattanooga Now Latin Festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month at Chattanooga State

September 10th, 2019 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Latin dancing, food and music will be part of the fifth Latin Festival at Chattanooga State Community College on Saturday. / Chattanooga State Contributed Photo

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A free festival of Latin culture — from music and dancing to authentic foods — will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at Chattanooga State Community College. This fifth annual Latin Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, 4501 Amnicola Highway.

Visitors will enjoy local Latino culture with live music, dancing and hands-on activities for all ages. Lily Sanchez of La Paz will emcee the event.

There will be performances of traditional dances from El Salvador and Puerto Rico, Latin- American songs and Bachata dance instruction. Additionally, the East Lake Expression Engine, Chattanooga State Choir and Symphonic Band will also entertain visitors to the festival.

Get a true taste of Latino food from vendors selling empanadas, arepas, tamales, pollo loco, nachos, tacos, quesadillas, Mexican-style chargrilled chicken, street corn and paletas (natural Latin-style popsicles).

Operation Get Active, a program of the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation, will have inflatable soccer fields for 3-on-3 play with CFC-themed prizes for teams that win more than five games in a row.

Proceeds from this event support the Chattanooga State Latino Scholarship.

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Festivals this weekend

SEPT. 13-15

* Blue & Gray Barbecue and Festival: Gordon-Lee Mansion, 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga, Ga., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, free admission, additional cost for barbecue, benefits Friends of the Mansion; barbecue, crafts and food vendors. Tours of mansion 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 adults, $1 children. 423-488-0861

* Craft Fair: First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, 2645 LaFayette Road, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, free, Sew Much More Crafts and Vendors Sale with 20 vendors. 706-866-0232

* Fried Green Tomato Festival and 5K: Downtown Niota, Tenn., 7:30 a.m. Saturday 5K road race, $25; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. festival, free, food and craft vendors, petting zoo, pony rides, beauty pageant, green tomato cook-off, music.

* International Cowpea Festival: Charleston City Park, 103 Worth St. NE, Charleston, Tenn., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, free; cookoff, crafts and food vendors, family fun field, music.

* White Oak Crafts Fair: Arts Center of Cannon County, 1424 John Bragg Highway, Woodbury, Tenn., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CDT Sunday, $3 includes parking; 75 artists exhibit along the banks of the East Fork Stones River, new young artists tent this year for children.