Ethnic Festival on May 17 is venue for Local Culture

This upcoming Saturday, Union Settlement, one of East Harlem’s oldest and largest social service agencies, will host its 22nd Annual Ethnic Festival on East 104th Street, between Second and Third Avenues from 11am to 5pm.

The street will be filled with vendors, food from around the world, arts and crafts activities, a petting zoo, and performances all day highlighting the vibrant cultural traditions of East Harlem.

The featured artist this year is Joe Bataan, who helped coin the phrase “Salsoul,” which combined the musical culture of urban Latinos who were inspired by African-American popular music, and infused their own new musical culture.

The event is free to attend and family-friendly.

For more information, visit the Ethnic Festival Facebook page.