In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, San Mateo is hosting a couple of free events this weekend that spotlight food, art, music and dance from Guatemala specifically.
By Zachary Clark, Daily Journal
The festivities begin on Saturday, Sept. 15, which also happens to be Guatemalan Independence Day. A festival at City Hall kicks off at 5 p.m. and features traditional Guatemalan food, live marimba music, a ballet folklorico performance plus an exhibition of paintings and textiles by indigenous Mayan artists from Guatemala, a couple of whom will be flying in for the event. The art exhibit will run through Sept. 21.
Also, the North B Street Fiesta returns for its second year on Sunday, Sept. 16, and brings together merchants from a variety of Latin American countries. There will also be live mariachi performances, Aztec dancers, ballet folklorico and more. It runs from noon to 5 p.m.
The Guatemalan festival is co-hosted by the Consulate General of Guatemala in San Francisco and is being held not long after the country experienced a devastating eruption of Fuego Volcano on June 3.
“The city of San Mateo and consulate are joining to celebrate the Independence Day of Guatemala with the aim of also seeking to cheer and uplift the spirit of the local Guatemalan community after all we have been going through in Guatemala in the last year,” Guatemalan Consul General Patricia Lavagnino Spinola said in a press release.
San Mateo County is home to about 7,000 Guatemalan immigrants and many of them live in the city of San Mateo, according to the release.