Dia de la Raza 2016
Dia de la Raza 2016
Posted on 09/21/2016
The Puyallup School District is proud to host the 2016 Culture and Arts Festival, Dia de la Raza at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, October 8, 2016. This family festival of Latino cultures will include music, dance, and art activities from noon until 5:00 p.m. – all for free!

Dia de la Raza means “Day of the People” and is a celebration of the many cultures which make up Latino identities across the Americas. Visitors will be immersed in the culture thanks to a great line-up of professional artists.

Puyallup local, Julio Jáuregui will perform with his salsa band, Tumbao. This five piece combo will perform music firmly planted in Latin jazz as it explores various dance beats with a Caribbean flavor. Montuno, Salsa, Chacha, and other Latin rhythms will fill the great hall with lively dance music for everyone to enjoy. Tumbao will perform two concerts on October 8.

Performing artist, dance instructor, and choreographer Vanessa Villalobos will help visitors feel the rhythm of the music and learn a few salsa dance steps. Originally from Lima, Peru, Villalobos has earned dance and theatre degrees from the University of Washington and Seattle University. Locally, Vanessa teaches Salsa, Ballroom and AfroPeruvian dance to adults and youth at West Seattle’s Kenyon Hall.

Last year, nearly 500 visitors met at the Karshner Center for this festival. Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington State Arts Commission, and a partnership between the Puyallup School District and the Broadway Center for Performing Arts, the festival will return to Puyallup on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Families will enjoy the music and dance, and will also appreciate the teacher-led craft instruction for children. 

Visitors wishing to learn more about the history of Salsa dance can view the PBS special Latino Music which will be presented in one of the museum galleries. This video will run continuously throughout the afternoon.

Families can once again count on a food vendor to provide authentic Hispanic food on site. Stay the whole afternoon and plan to have dinner with the family at the Karshner Center.

Don’t miss the 2016 Culture & Arts Festival, Dia de la Raza: Day of the People at the Karshner Museum and Center for Culture & Arts on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from noon until 5:00 p.m.