Weekend Highlight

Celebrate the cultures of Latin America at Fiestas Patrias this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, at both the South Park Community Center and Seattle Center.

The festival is a weekend-long commemoration of the national independence days of many Latin American countries.

On Saturday, the festivities kick off at the South Park Community Center with a parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. From noon to 5 p.m., there will be a health fair with free health screenings, cholesterol and glucose checks and other information. From 1 to 6 p.m., enjoy traditional Latin American food, Mexican folkloric horses and bands, dance, children’s activities and more.

At Seattle Center from noon to 5 p.m., attendees can visit the health fair, participate in children’s activities, watch cooking demonstrations, check out art exhibitions and eat traditional Latin American food. From noon to 9:30 p.m., there will be musical and dance performances.

On Sunday, the fun continues at Seattle Center from noon to 7 p.m.

The festival highlights the history of Latin American communities and celebrates new generations living in the United States.

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Try Mexican delights such as tortas, tamales and gorditas from the food vendors. Learn how to make pozole, tamales and chile rellenos from a local family-owned restaurant at the cooking demonstrations. There will also be two exhibits with works from local artists.

New this year is a round-trip airplane-ticket giveaway. Attendees can obtain a passport inside the Seattle Center Armory and collect stamps from attending Festál events to be entered to win.

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Fiestas Patrias 

South Park Community Center: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; 8319 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle

Seattle Center: noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15; 305 Harrison St., Seattle

Cost: free

More info: seattlefiestaspatrias.org