Get Ready for the Festival Latino

Get Ready for the Festival Latino

Pinata-making and dance workshops offered to get Ocracoke in the festive spirit!

Ocracoke's newest festival will celebrate the island's Latino residents and their heritage. Immerse yourself in the dance, music, and traditions of your friends and neighbors. Also, there will be food. Amazing food. 

Get Ready for the Festival Latino

Here's the official schedule of events, starting with a pinata-making workshop this weekend. These are not your run-of-the-mill party store pinatas. These are works of art. 

Next week, you can learn a few dance steps of ballet folklorico. Por que no?

Look for printed programs and schedules around the village this week. They're in Spanish and English! 

Festival Latino de Ocracoke 2016

Prefestival Workshops

Nov 4-6 at 7 PM ~ Pinatas! Adults and families can join in a three-part workshop. Three days is needed to allow for drying time.  (Deepwater Theater)

Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano
Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano


Nov 11,  7 PM~ Learn Traditional Ballet Folklorico Dancing with Fabian Vargas of Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano (Ocracoke School Gym)

Saturday, November 12, Ocracoke School

11:00 AM–6:00 PM ~ Food, Music, Games. Tickets used for games/food/workshops.

11:00 AM ~ Pinata Judging. Vote for your favorite!

12:00 PM ~ Papel Piquado Workshop, Loteria Game, Pinata Breaking, Face Painting

12:30 PM ~ Performance by Mariachi Espuelas de America

1:00 PM ~ Presentation on Latino Dances, Loteria Game, Raiguela Round 1, Pinata Breaking, Face Painting

1:30 PM ~ Cintas Competition (Kids), bring your own bike or use ours!

2:00 PM ~ Presentation on Latino Food Ingredients, Loteria Game, Raiguela Round 2, Cintas Competition (Adults), Pinata Breaking, Face Painting

2:30 PM ~ Performance by Mariachi Espuelas de America, Cintas Competition (Kids)

3:00 PM ~ Tortilla Making Workshop with Gloria Perez (Please register if you wish to participate, observers welcome), Presentation on Pinata Making, Loteria, Raiguela Quarterfinals, Cintas Competition (Adults), Face Painting

3:30 PM ~ Cintas Competition (Kids)

4:00 PM ~ Guacamole-making Workshop with Eduardo Chavez (Please register if you wish to participate, observers welcome), Raiguela Semifinals, Cintas Competition (Adults), Pinata Breaking

Mariachi Espuelas de America
Mariachi Espuelas de America

4:30 PM ~ Performance by Mariachi Espuelas de America

5:00 PM ~ Raiguela Finals, Pinata Breaking

7:00 – 9:00 PM ~ Kids movie at Deepwater Theater, School Road

7:00- 9:00 PM ~ Festival Latino de Ocracoke Concert/Performance featuring, Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano, Fantasia Huasteca Band, and Guitarras Mexicanas de Ocracoke (Javier Ibarra, Reyes Gómez, Raúl Espinosa y Adrián Espinosa). School Gym

9:00 PM-Midnight ~ Dance with music by the Fantasia Huasteca Band & DJ Marlin. All welcome! Cash bar. (Ocracoke Community Center)

Show your support of the Festival Latino de Ocracoke!

There are two ways to make a donation.

1. Mail in a Donation ~ Send in a tax deductible contribution to "Ocracoke Alive, PO Box 604, Ocracoke, NC 27960"

2. Donate Online at

Donors will receive

    A Festival T-shirt for every $50 donated

    Thanks on Website & from Stage

    Tax Letter from Ocracoke Alive

Contact David Tweedie (252) 921-0260 or Freddy Contreras (252) 588-2242

A portion of proceeds to benefit Ocracoke School and Ocracoke Child Care.

Thanks to our major sponsors: Hyde County Occupancy Funds & Eduardo’s Tacos. Thanks also to our media sponsors Ocracoke Observer and Ocracoke Current, and to all our donors and volunteers!

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