Festival Betances

Latinas En Foco/ Latinas In Focus

July 20th and 21st, 2019

Villa Victoria Community

100 W. Dedham St., South End

New England’s longest-running Latino Cultural Celebration.

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 greased pole competition, children’s activities like face painting and inflatables, and other treats that highlight the diversity of Latino culture.

Let us know what you’re most excited about for Festival Betances this year 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

THIS YEAR'S AGENDA! Download it here.

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 then apply to be a volunteer. 
  • 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. 
  • Artisan Vendors: If you're interested in selling your artisan goods, click here for information.
  • Food Vendors: Festival Betances loves its food! If you want your food at Betances, click here to register
  • Info Tables: If you'd like to book an info table, sign up here.

If you want to become a sponsor, click here!

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Festival Betances 2019 is made possible by our generous sponsors:

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