Multicultural Entertainment at Sacramento Banana Festival

Sacramento Banana Festival is a two-day family-friendly multicultural celebration of the diverse cultures that use the banana as food, held each August at Shasta Park in Elk Grove California. The Banana Festival features live entertainment on two stages, a chefs’ challenge, line dancing, pageants, fashion show, art exhibits, exhibits by dozens of local businesses and community organizations, arts and crafts activities, kiddie carnival rides, and lots of banana cuisine.

The 2016 Sacramento Banana Festival will be held on Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival is located on the Shasta Park (7407 Shasta Ave., Elk Grove). General admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the gate, free for children age 5 and under.

Now celebrating its seventh year, the Sacramento Banana Festival was established in 2009 as a community celebration of arts and culture and as a fundraiser for the National Academic Youth Corp., which serves some 15,000 Sacramento-area youth and adults annually with arts education and cultural awareness programming. In addition we want Banana Festival to be a catalyst to support other local non-profits and their efforts to benefit our communities. Here is a list of the non-profit organizations that will participate in Sacramento Banana Festival in 2015. Please take time to read more about our partner organizations below and visit their websites.

National Academic Youth Corps

The mission of the National Academic Youth Corps is to foster personal and civic well-being in our community through fine, applied, and performing arts. We believe that the desire to experience and participate in creativity is essential to optimum human expression and development. National Academic Youth Corps serves over 15,000 children/youth each year providing free art education and outreach. Funds raised will assist with program costs and materials throughout the year. www.sojoarts.net

Fenix Drum and Dance Company

Fenix Drum will participate in the Carnival Booth Fundraisers. Fenix Drum promotes a wide variety of cultural programs (African & Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming, music, etc.) for youth and families in Sacramento. www.Fenixdrumanddance.com

B.E.S.T (Building Empowerment Skills Today)

The B.E.S.T. program’s mission is to empower Oak Park youth, ages 12-18, who live in zip codes 95817 and 95820, with community pride and life skills that enable them to become confident and self-sufficient members of our society. Youth work side-by-side with contractors and other adults, completing home improvement projects to help Oak Park homeowners, many whom are seniors, improve the facades of their homes. www.bestyouth4u.org

Grant High School Drumline

In addition to leading our Banana Festival Parade on Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Grant High School Drumline will be raising money to help fund their upcoming trip and performance in Japan!

Yisrael Family Urban Farm

The Yisrael Family Urban Farm is transforming the hood for good using urban agriculture as a tool for community engagement, employment and empowerment. www.yisraelfamilyfarm.net

Sol Collective

Sol Collective is a community based partnership whose unique mission is to use art, education, and technology as a didactic medium to create mobilization and community empowerment. solcollective.wix.com/solcollective

Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes de Sacramento (CMBA)

CMBA is one of California’s most esteemed Mexican folkdance companies. A highly valued cultural and artistic resource throughout the western United States as well as in international markets, the Compañía Mazatlán Bellas Artes boasts a repertoire that includes traditional folkloric dance pieces as well as indigenous rituals that are fused with elements from contemporary movement. www.imbasac.com