44th Annual Fiesta del Sol

Saturday, July 23, 2016

CHICAGO (NEWS RELEASE) -- Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) is hosting its 44th Annual Fiesta del Sol this July. This four-day, free admission, family-friendly summer festival is the largest Latino festival in the Midwest and serves as PNCC's fundraiser for its annual scholarship program as well as the organization's year-round community organizing efforts.

Fiesta del Sol brings live entertainment, great food, a soccer tournament, activities for children, art exhibits and workshops, performing arts, carnival rides, and free resources on health and housing. This year's theme is: Our Voice, Our Future, Our Power, where we will be registering new voters. In addition, this year, Fiesta del Sol is offering a College Day workshop event on Friday, July 29 and an Expungement and Immigration Resources Event on Saturday, July 30 at Benito Juarez Community Academy during the festival. Finally, PNCC is extremely excited to announce the celebration of the 10th Annual House of Sol. Since it's inception in 2006, House of Sol has quickly become one of Chicago's most anticipated and talked about annual summer House music events.

PNCC will kick-off Fiesta del Sol activities on Thursday, July 21 at its VIP Opening Reception and Scholarship Award Ceremony taking place at Benito Juarez Community Academy, which is open to the community. The Fiesta del Sol Guadalupe A. Reyes Scholarship Program has celebrated nearly 20 years of awarding scholarships to students from the Southwest side of the city and beyond. As a result of Guadalupe A. Reyes' dedication and commitment to people in need, the scholarship program has been named in her honor. The scholarship program offers an opportunity for students to get $1,500 for their college expenses. Additionally, the Scholarship Program strives to give students an opportunity to exercise leadership skills, learn how to build relationship and engage in teamwork. Fiesta del Sol has given over $700,000 in scholarships to over 500 students.

What: 44th Annual Fiesta del Sol

When: July 28 -31, 2016

Thursday: 5pm-10pm

Friday and Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday: 11am-10pm

Where: 1400 W. Cermak (Between Morgan St. and Ashland Ave.)

Admission: FREE

About Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC)

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) is a nonprofit organization established in 1954.The mission of PNCC is to work to establish policies and practices in Pilsen and the Southwest side areas in Chicago to establish justice and equity by investing in the development of community leaders through leadership training and action. PNCC is part of Gamaliel, a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 17 U.S. states, South Africa and the United Kingdom. www.pilsenneighbors.org