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8/31/2018 Member News
Latino Book & Family Festival at MiraCosta College on Saturday, September 15

Latino Book & Family Festival at MiraCosta College on Saturday, September 15

Over 20 Workshops, 50 Authors, 110 Exhibitors, Family Entertainment and a Variety of Food Vendors Ensure Something for Everyone at Latino Book & Family Festival at MiraCosta College on Saturday, September 15

One of the largest cultural events of the year comes to MiraCosta College September 15 when the Latino Book & Family Festival makes a stop at the Oceanside Campus. The free festival will begin at 10:00 a.m. and is expected to attract more than 5,000 throughout the day until 5:00 p.m.  Guests will enjoy the ample free parking available on campus.  

The North San Diego County Latino Book and Family Festival will be the biggest gathering of authors in the region and a perfect back-to-school kickoff for families. This year the festival will divide into eight villages: Artist, Author, Children, Education, Enterprise, Entertainment, Food, and Health.

Keynote speakers at this event include Natalie Torres, the first Salvadorian American woman to publish a book dealing with student debt for millennials, José Ángel Gutiérrez, founding member of the La Raza Unida Party and Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), and Pepe Serna, Mexican-American actor and artist who has appeared in more than 100 films through his years and has painted dozens of art pieces.

In addition to the workshops, family entertainment, 110 exhibitors, a bilingual story time and multiple food vendors, the event offers something for every attendee.  Exhibitors include publishing companies, community service agencies, legal and financial support organizations, librarians from the entire region, religious organizations, educational entities, local media outlets, health and family counseling services, professional service groups, and many more.

Launched in Los Angeles in 1997 and co-produced by award-winning actor and community activist Edward James Olmos, the Latino Book & Family Festival has become a sought-after and popular event held in key Hispanic markets across the country and is aimed at promoting literacy, culture and education in a welcoming environment for the entire family. The festivals are operated through the nonprofit Latino Literacy Now and dedicated to advancing reading and literature as a way of improving lives throughout the Latino community.

Festival sponsors include the Telemundo 20, NBC San Diego 7, MAAC, MiraCosta College Foundation, Route 78 Rotary Club, El Latino San Diego, UnitedHealthcare, Valley View Casino & Hotel,, Alianza North County, the International Society of Latino Authors, MiraCosta College and more. 

The MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus is at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, 92506.

About MiraCosta College

MiraCosta College District has served the coastal North San Diego County area for over 80 years. More than 17,000 credit students in over 70 disciplines enroll in associate degrees, university transfer and workforce readiness certificate programs. The college also serves a wide spectrum of educational needs in the region ranging from programs for adult education, basic skills, and ESL to a California Community College pilot program offering the nation’s first baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing. MiraCosta College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).