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Festival Cubano Bringing Food, Music, Hand-Rolled Cigars To Riis Park

By Alex Nitkin | August 8, 2017 5:50am | Updated on August 11, 2017 11:41am
 The festival runs from Friday to Sunday at Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., in Belmont Cragin.
The festival runs from Friday to Sunday at Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., in Belmont Cragin.
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Festival Cubano

CHICAGO — The 8th Annual Festival Cubano is set to transform Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., into a mosaic of Latino-Caribbean art, food and music this weekend.

Spread across two stages, the music line-up includes dozens of groups and DJs spanning from old-school bachata to thumping reggaeton and chart-topping house music.

The festival boasts more than 100 vendors offering "a wide variety of Cuban and Latin American dishes," plus a beer lounge and rows of arts-and-crafts booths, organizers said.

Visitors can also enter a dominoes tournament, join a music workshop or sample from a "hand-rolled cigar bar."

Kids can hop on carnival rides or mount a camel or pony at the petting zoo, which is also set to include a kangaroo and a white tiger.

The Festival Cubano will be open from 4-10 p.m. Friday, and noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are available online. Attendees can buy single-day passes for $15 or three-day passes for $30. Pricier VIP tickets also are being sold.