Past Event: Join RiseBoro at ¡CalabazaFest! 2019 on October 27th

Posted on Sep 5, 2019 by RiseBoro

Mariachi and dance company on stage 
Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino (top left); Mazarte Dance Company at ¡CalabazaFest!

¡CalabazaFest! 2019 - 10th Anniversary Edition

DATE & TIME: Sunday October 27, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

LOCATION: Maria Hernandez Park – Main Stage Area (map)

RAIN LOCATION: RB Youth Center – 1474 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (map) (Closest mass transit: L/M Train Myrtle/Wyckoff St / 52 Bus @ Gates & Irving)

ADMISSION: Free! Be sure to check the CalabazaFest Facebook page for exciting updates and to RSVP (not required)!

Mariachi band  

RiseBoro Community Partnership is proud to present ¡CalabazaFest! 2019, the colorful, cross-cultural, family-friendly, free, and ridiculously fun outdoor community event celebrating Day of the Dead, Halloween, and harvest festival traditions, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year!

Held in Bushwick, Brooklyn's Maria Hernandez Park, ¡CalabazaFest! features a fantastic live stage show of music, mariachi, and dance performances, a RiseBoro farmers market, healthy cooking demonstrations, hands-on pumpkin crafts, and a creative costume contest finale.

Mariachi trio  

Since its inception in 2010, ¡CalabazaFest! has grown to become a highly anticipated highlight of the Fall season in Bushwick, bringing together local community and arts organizations working in concert to create a joyous day celebrating community, diversity, and cultural expression.

Want to Volunteer? Contact Jasmine Montalvo:

phone: (718) 821-0254 Ext. 1186

¡CalabazaFest! Behind the Scenes

A student Mariachi group 
Academia de Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer de Nueva York, ¡CalabazaFest! Performers 

RiseBoro Community Partnership, a multi-service nonprofit organization with over 40 years of service to the community, is proud to be producing ¡CalabazaFest! as part of its evolving approach to community wellness.

Alvaro Paulino Jr., an internationally renowned, fifth-generation mariachi band leader (and Bushwick resident), serves as Music Director for ¡CalabazaFest!. Past performers have included his own Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, budding students from his New York City Mariachi Conservatory, mariachi star Ximena Roca, La Dinastia Eulogio, and Academia de Mariachi Nuevo Amanecer.

Ximena Roca

Ximena Roca wows the crowd at ¡CalabazaFest! 2016  

Mazarte Dance Company, led by founder and director Martha Nora Zarate-Alvarez, has become an integral part of ¡CalabazaFest!, presenting thrilling performances in fabulous traditional costume.

Local artist/designer Sean-Michael Fleming, creator of ¡CalabazaFest!, serves as Creative Director, lending his years of graphic, event, and theater design experience to the event.

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