The Ballet Folklorico de Ocracoke. Photo by Eakin Howard

Ocracoke Island will celebrate its Latino community during the Fifth Annual Festival Latino de Ocracoke this weekend, Dec. 2 to 4.

Produced by the island non-profit Ocracoke Alive, in partnership with Ocracoke’s Latino community, the festival will feature music, ballet folklorico dances, specialty food, games, and more.

The festival kicks off on Friday, Dec. 2, with day performances for Ocracoke School students by Larry Bellorin, and a musical concert with Ángeles Diaz, Ana Luisa Chavez, and other guests at the Ocracoke Community Center from 7 to 9 p.m. Snacks and drinks will also be on hand. 

Carnitas! Photo by Beverly Meeker

On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the celebration moves to the Berkley Barn at Ocracoke’s Berkley Manor with performances by Larry Bellorin, Miguel Angel, Mariachi Galleros de México, Ángeles Diaz, Ana Luisa Chavez, Jasmin Flores, Monica del Rio Danzas Folkloricas, Ballet Folklorico de Ocracoke and more.

A multitude of traditional Latino delicacies will be on hand for foodies as well as games for kids of all ages.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening, there will be an evening concert at the Berkley Barn, followed by a community dance at the Ocracoke Community Center from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. with Rafaga Norteña.  

A pick-up basketball tournament with whomever shows up will be held from 9 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Ocracoke School gym.

Proceeds from the Festival Latino de Ocracoke will benefit various island.

The Festival Latino is supported by Ocracoke Alive with assistance from the Ocracoke Township Tourism Development Authority (visitocracokenc.com) and additional sponsors.  Those wishing to help sponsor the Festival Latino de Ocracoke may do so with a tax-deductible contribution at ocracokealive.org.

Volunteer signups for the event are also posted here.