SAN ANGELO – Community, culture and FUN—that’s what Family Fiestas Patrias is all about, states Downtown San Angelo. On Sept. 24-25 San Angelo’s cultural district will turn into an extravaganza of music, art, crafts, food and activity.
The San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) have created something for the whole community. It’s part of a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month when the United States honors the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans.
The action is Friday, Sept 24 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Most activities are free and families can enjoy art projects, STEM activities, interactive dance demonstrations and hands-on clay making in the new SAMFA studio. Food trucks will offer their finest and artists and vendors will display and sell their works. La Esperanza is even giving free vaccinations from their new mobile unit. It’s all set to live music that starts with a tribute to Selena and ranges through Tejano, cumbia, and conjunto.
In addition to all the free workshops and activities, SAMFA has two exhibits opening on Friday and continuing Saturday. Never-before-seen exhibits “Hand Stitch 2021/Works by Texas Artists” and “Maurice Schmidt: Daily Life, Holy Expression” are free and open to the public. The event will end with a concert of Cadaques Music Austin, the nuevo flamenco that has an authentic polished soul sound, from 9 to 10 p.m. on the grounds of SAMFA. Admission is free.
Visitors and participants are encouraged to wear masks and social distance. For times and locations, go to #sanangelofiesta or http://www.samfa.org/family-fiestas….
The celebration of Family Fiestas Patrias is in the area around SAMFA, 1 Love Street by the Concho River and Oakes Street.