The Colombian festival will bring live music, food and kids’ activities to Humboldt Park this weekend

HUMBOLDT PARK — A festival showcasing Colombian music, food and culture returns to Humboldt Park this weekend.

El Gran Festival Colombiano, now in its eighth year, kicks off at noon on Friday at Division and Mozart streets. It runs until Sunday.

The festival is a weekend-long celebration of Colombian culture with live music and performances by Colombian artists Eliana La Colombiana, Jhonny Rivera and Juanda Caribe, as well as traditional food and drink.

A mini sports camp for children is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The camp, hosted by the NFL Alumni Chicago Chapter, will teach kids drills and leadership skills.

In addition to Colombian musicians and performers, the festival will feature artists from other Latin American countries. Festival-goers are encouraged to dress in traditional costume for a multicultural parade on Sunday.

“We invite our brothers and sisters from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America and Africa to join us in this celebration of life, pageantry and spectacle. of the ‘Carnival’,” according to a press release.

The festival takes place just days after Colombia’s Independence Day, July 20.

For the duration of the festival, there will be no parking on the west side of California Avenue from North Avenue to Division Street, and on the north and south sides of Division Street from California Avenue to Humboldt Boulevard.

For more information about the festival and to buy tickets, go here.

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