Macon-Bibb celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a downtown festival

Our community comes together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a festival in downtown Macon on Saturday, September 17, in front of City Hall (700 Poplar Street).

The festival is organized by the Office of Small Business Affairs (OSBA), Notivision Georgia and Mercer University. There will be family activities, live music, food trucks, games, giveaways, vendors and a children’s area from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be a performance at 2:30 p.m. of the Familia Madrigal from the Disney film Encanto and a meeting after the performance. The consulates of Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Honduras will also be present.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this important month with our community and surrounding neighbors,” said Mayor Lester Miller. “There are many different Hispanic cultures that we could all benefit from by experiencing food, music, and spending time with each other.”

The event is free and open to all. There will also be a food distribution for families in need, Helping Mamas will distribute free diapers and CORE will be on hand to administer free COVID-19 vaccines. Alcohol is not permitted at the event.

“Over the next month, the Office of Small Business Affairs will celebrate the rich history and many contributions of Macon-Bibb County’s Hispanic community,” said OSBA Director Charise Stephens. “As the Hispanic population continues to grow in Macon, we want to make sure our office is equipped to help entrepreneurs by providing them with resources and technical assistance in their native language. We hope this festival will continue to foster that connection and to move closer to our mission of promoting diversity, equity, and Inclusion for all.

Each year, the United States observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. The month aims to celebrate the histories, cultures, and the contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

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