Festival Betances

Festival Betances 2024 – Un Verano en Betances

July 20, 2024

Plaza Betances, 100 W. Dedham St., South End, Boston

¡Wepa! Ready to dance salsa like never before? New England’s longest-running Latino cultural festival is BACK on Saturday, July 20th from 12 PM to 8 PM at Plaza Betances. Join us to celebrate over 50 years of community, music, y muchas cosas buenas!

Come and enjoy a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other treats that highlight the diversity of Latinx culture.

What is Festival Betances?

Festival Betances is a staple in New England’s Latinx community and the Boston summer festival season. Every year, the in-person event has drawn a multicultural audience of 3,000+ people.

Through the years, Betances’ stage has seen many musical and dance performances, ranging from local and regional acts to international Latinx music icons such as Larry Harlow from Fania All Stars, Tony Vega, and Tito Rojas. The festival is named after Ramón Emeterio Betances, a Puerto Rican patriot whose medical contributions benefited Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. He also became a leader in awakening national consciousness in Puerto Rico, and is considered one of the foremost intellectuals of the 19th century.

This summer, leave it all on the dancefloor with the live music of:

EhShawnee, Rhode Island-based salsa singer and vocal powerhouse.

Zayra Pola, better known as “La Reina de Timbal” – and for good reason!

Luis Matos Burgos, whose vocal stylings have been wowing audiences for over 50 years.

Pirulo y La Tribu, an award-winning salsa and timba group that have shared their sound touring all around the world.

    And we close with headliner Charlie Aponte, the legendary lead vocalist of El Gran Combo for over 40 years

    Get ready to experience an unforgettable salsa festival and immerse yourself in our rich Puerto Rican culture.

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    Festival Betances 2024 – Un Verano en Betances

    20 de Julio, 2024

    En la Plaza Betances: 100 W. Dedham St., South End, Boston

    ¡Wepa! ¿Listo para bailar salsa como nunca antes? ¡El festival cultural latino más antiguo de Nueva Inglaterra está DE REGRESO el sábado 20 de julio de 12 PM a 8 PM en la Plaza Betances! ¡Únete a nosotros para celebrar más de 50 años de comunidad, música y muchas cosas buenas!

    Ven y disfruta de un desfile, cocina tradicional, arte y manualidades, actividades para niños como pintura facial e inflables, y otras delicias que destacan la diversidad de la cultura latina.

    EhShawnee, cantante de salsa con sede en Rhode Island y potencia vocal.

    Zayra Pola, más conocida como "La Reina del Timbal" - y con buena razón!

    Luis Matos Burgos, cuyos estilos vocales han cautivado al público durante más de 50 años.

    Pirulo y La Tribu, un galardonado grupo de salsa y timba que ha compartido su sonido en giras por todo el mundo.

      Y cerramos con el artista principal Charlie Aponte, el legendario vocalista principal de El Gran Combo durante más de 40 años.


      1. Info Table, Artisans, Vendors
      2. Parade Interest Form

      Para obtener más información sobre el patrocinio del festival, ¡HAGA CLIC AQUÍ!

      Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

      Presenting Sponsor:

      The Castle Group

      Festival Partners:

      Amazon Maloney Properties, Inc. Goya Foods United Way of Massachusetts Bay
      National Endowment for the Arts Mass Cultural Council Eastern Bank Donna & Jim Stearns
      La Mega Verizon AAFCPAs Nina Schwarzschild
      Amanda Pelcher Point32Health Foundation Dana-Farber Cancer Institute NeighborHealth
      Boston University Davis Square Architects