Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who attended! See you next year.
July 15th, 16th and 17th, 2016 at Villa Victoria Community of Boston’s South End, 100 W. Dedham St.
New England’s longest-running Latino Cultural Celebration.
Join Us, Learn of Ways to Participate!
What is Festival Betances?
Festival Betances has become a staple in New England’s Latino community. Every year it draws a 3,000 multi-cultural audience. Through the years, Betances’ stage has seen multiple musical and dance performances, ranging from local and regional acts to international Latin 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. There is a plaza and a mural dedicated to him where the festival is held.
Our family friendly weekend includes: a parade, traditional cuisine, arts and crafts, a grease pole competition, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other treats that highlight the diversity of Latino culture.
Take a look at this year’s activities and musical lineup! You can download it here.
See someone you’re looking forward to see? Let us know on our event page.
“A perfect display of the power of the arts within a community. A gathering of people from all walks of life all thanks to latino culture and the work done at IBA.” – Alex Alvear, musician and former performance manager at IBA
There are many ways to participate in Festival Betances!
The Perfect Chance for Exposure
- Sell your crafts: For the opportunity to display and sell your crafts at your own table to thousands of people at the festival, fill out the Artisan’s Table Form.
- Sell your merchandise: To sell your merchandise to all who will attend the festival, fill out the Vendor’s Table Form.
- Sell your delicious food: If you have a food business you may also book a food kiosk to sell your favorite dishes or drinks to all the attendees. To reserve your space, fill out the Food Kiosk Form.
- Promote your business: This is also the time to advertise yourself! Book an informational table and spread the word about your business to everyone present. To reserve your space, fill out the Informational Table Form.
Get Involved with your Community
- Volunteer: If you’d like to donate your time while having some fun, check out our volunteering options for any of the days the festival will be running and fill out the Volunteer Form.
- Participate in the Parade: Festival Betances hosts an annual parade and everyone is welcome to participate, from dance troupes to sports teams, groups of friends, or companies. If you are interested in taking part, fill out the Parade Form.
- Compete in the Domino Tournament. Festival Betances hosts an annual Domino Tournament every Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. Click here, to sign up for this year’s tournament.