Luchadores, low riders and art at Latino Festival

Westminster Station hosts fourth annual arts and culture festival

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Westminster’s Latino Festival returns to Westminster Station July 20, with plenty of food, live music and dance.

This is the fourth year for the event and the second located at the Westminster Station, the park and plaza area that marks the last stop of RTD’s B-Line from Denver’s Union Station. The festival takes place at the amphitheater that frames the station and extends through the surrounding streets.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. with a concert by the Denver Municipal Band, the oldest continuous professional concert band in the U.S. The band’s special repertoire for the Latino Festival features Latin beats with arrangements of signature pieces from the whole continent. That performance will be followed by folkloric dances from Mexico and other countries, salsa demos, and a variety of live bands featuring salsa, cumbia, R&B and Latin Jazz, amongst others.

The second stage will feature karaoke, games and more fun. Elsewhere in the plaza, Longmont-based Suave Car Club will bring an exhibition of lowriders for everyone’s enjoyment.

Children and adults will have the opportunity to watch the “luchadores” perform their stunts and from time to time, they will be available for photo ops and selfies. And for the bravest ones, the mechanical bull will be ready to test your abilities and bravery.

A variety of food trucks and vendors include delicious Mexican and South American food, South African food, plus festival favorites like shaved ice, ice cream, churros, and fresh squeezed lemonades. A beer garden will be ready with cold beer to tame the fierce late-July heat.

This year, organizers are launching “Color Westminster”, an opportunity for local artists to come and create their art on a series of blank canvases to be placed at the festival. The public will have the opportunity to enjoy their work and to get to know and interact with them.

The Westminster Latino Festival is an initiative of the City of Westminster to promote community engagement and to honor diversity in the city. and is sponsored and organized by Image Impressions, a Latino-owned local advertising and marketing company.

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