San Juan Bautista festival to celebrate Latino culture — food, art, music

35th annual Hispanic Cultural Festival runs Wednesday through Saturday (July 21, 2018)

How does an event become a tradition? 

Ask the organizers of the Hispanic Cultural Festival at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, 425 S. Duke St. This year marks the 35th annual festival — an event that has grown in popularity and scope since it was first held in 1984.

The festival features a variety of food, native costumes, arts and crafts, and Latino music that represent Lancaster’s Hispanic community.

“Our Hispanic festival is an annual opportunity to celebrate our Catholic Christian faith, and share the richness of our Hispanic culture with our Spanish- and English-speaking neighbors,” said the Rev. Allan Wolfe, pastor at the church.

In recent years, the festival has netted $50,000-$60,000. The funds support the various programs at the church.

Wolfe said the church provides food for needy families, and while funds from the festival do not directly support the food bank, it does help pay staff who are involved.

The festival also features a raffle, the winner of which receives either a new Honda Fit LX or $12,500.

The annual event is free and open to the public. It runs from Wednesday through Saturday. Hours are:

Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.; Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday, 6-11 p.m.; and Saturday, 4-11 p.m.

For more information, call 717-392-4118.