Arts For The Schools will host our first Mexican Heritage Festival on October 9, 2021 in honor of the national Hispanic Heritage month. The festival will honor Latino cultural traditions and will include live music, dance, arts, artisan vendors, crafts, food and games. In addition to supporting and celebrating Mexican artists, the festival will be an opportunity to promote and support local and Mexican-owned businesses, to increase their economic stability during Truckee’s economic off-season (which runs in the fall September – Nov).
The festival will be the first of its kind ever-held in Truckee, and include live performances; arts and crafts; food and games. At the heart of the festival will be a stage with live performances with regional and California performers including Mariachi and folk musicians and traditional Mexican Ballet Folklórico. Live performances and activities will occur during the day from 12-8pm. Local Mexican restaurants and business owners will sell food and drinks. Arts, crafts, and games will be open to everyone including lotería. In booths throughout the festival, local small-business vendors will be selling goods available to purchase such as clothing and jewelry.
A dedicated booth will house a festival learning center that will include a display and kids activities to learn about the history of Mexican Independence Day, and Hispanic Heritage Month. We will be collecting stories from local residents about their lives in Truckee.
The festival has been in planning for the last five years. Currently the Truckee Donner Recreation & Parks District, the Town of Truckee, and many local businesses have committed to sponsoring or supporting Arts For The Schools for the event.
Arts For The Schools has developed a COVID-19 safety plan including limiting the attendees in the amphitheater to 500 at one time, requiring all attendees to wear masks, and will offer a COVID-19 vaccination booth and information.