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ArtsFiesta Celebration set for May 2 in Springfield, Mo.


Springfield, Mo. –Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching and Springfield Sister Cities Association is finalizing plans for ArtsFiesta!
The event runs from 6-10 p.m., Friday, May 2, in Springfield’s downtown Founders Park, 330 E. Water St. The evening includes music, art, children’s activities, a performance from an authentic mariachi band, and Mexican food from La Hacienda Restaurant.
Presented by Springfield Sister Cities Association, ArtsFiesta! is a Cinco de Mayo celebration of Mexican art, culture and music. Mariachi group Sol De America will travel from Springfield’s sister city of Tlaquepaque, Mexico to perform at both at ArtsFiesta! and Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street May 3-4.
ArtsFiesta! admission is $3; children 10 and under are free. Advance “Artsfest Weekend Super Pass” tickets can be purchased at all area McDonald’s restaurants through May 2for $10. The “Super Pass” includes one Springfield Cardinals general admission ticket for the weekend; two-day entry to Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street; one entry to ArtsFiesta!; and free entry to the Springfield Symphony concert in Jordan Valley Park.
A visiting delegation of more than 20 members also will make the trip from Tlaquepaque. Members include civic, governmental, and organizations who will meet with their counterparts in Springfield. The newly-elected Mayor of Tlaquepaque, José Hernan Cortés Berumen also will travel with the delegation.
The Mexican festival will include authentic music and dancing featuring performances by Grupo Latinoamericano and the Central High School Salsa/Merengue dancers. ArtsFiesta! also will feature children’s arts and crafts, a soccer shoot-out area and giveaways, and market area.
Sponsors for this event include presenting sponsor American Family Insurance as well as Kraft Foods, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Webster University, Alice @ 95.5, La M Grande 97.7, KSFX Ozarks Fox, KOLR 10, Springfield Regional Arts Council, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, City of Springfield, and the Urban Districts Alliance.
ArtsFiesta! celebrates not only the relationship with Tlaquepaque, but also is a way to recognize the Hispanic influences in the Springfield metropolitan area. Similarly, the Japanese Fallfest event held annually at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Greene /Close Memorial Park celebrates the relationship with Springfield’s other sister city of Isesaki, Japan.
For more information, contact Kathryn Vicat, Festival Manager at (417) 831-6200; or for information in Spanish, please contact Yolanda Lorge at (417) 865-0608.
Learn more about Springfield at or contact the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.

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