Latin American Festival in North Charleston celebrates with authentic dances, music, cuisine

The Latin American Festival will liven things up at Wannamaker County Park.

Not everybody can travel to Central and South America to explore its unique cultures, but locals can still absorb the authentic foods, dances and music of various Latino traditions right here in Charleston every year during the Latin American Festival.

The event, hosted by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, is celebrating its 24th year this weekend with a range of performances on two stages.

Cultural groups participating this year include Capoeira Charleston, a Brazilian martial arts group; the Charleston-based Buen Ache Dance Company, which tells stories through dance, vibrant costumes and music; Orquesta Mayor, a 12-piece salsa band; and the Miami-based, urban Latin band, Locos por Juana. DJ Luigi of Latin Groove will spin merengue, reggaeton and other Latin music genres throughout the day.

There will be a salsa competition, authentic Latin American cuisine, and jump castles and activities for kids. Dogs and outside food and drink are not permitted.

When: Noon-6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Wannamaker County Park, 8888 University Blvd., North Charleston

Price: $10 general admission, $5 for college students and military personnel, Gold Pass holders and children ages 12 and under are free

More info: (843) 795-4386 or visit CharlestonCounty Parks.com