Guelaguetza Festival

Courtesy Regional Organization of Oaxaca


Past Event

Location Info:

Lincoln Park
3501 Valley Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90031

Los Angeles is home to the largest Oaxacan community outside of Mexico, and L.A.'s annual Guelaguetza Festival, now in its 30th year, is arguably the most vibrant celebration of its kind north of the border. Organized by the Organización Regional de Oaxaca, the Guelaguetza highlights the region's rich and diverse indigenous culture, which has incorporated European and Catholic contributions. The two-day festival features colorful folkloric dance, Oaxacan brass bands and a wide selection of traditional crafts and food, including the famed mole oaxaqueño and pizzalike tlayudas. The name Guelaguetza is derived from the Zapotec word "guendalezaa" meaning "exchange or offering," so keep an eye out for flying pieces of fruit, which are often tossed into the audience after performances.

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