Youth dancers from Arcoiris Cultural Folklorico attend a previous Harvest Festival in Greenfield. The local group will perform once again at this year’s event on Sunday, Oct. 16. (Contributed)

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Harvest Festival will return this Sunday, Oct. 16, with many free activities for families in downtown Greenfield, all while celebrating the city’s 75th anniversary.

Beginning at 11 a.m., the festival kicks off with a community parade starting at Apple Street and El Camino Real, before processing down to Oak Street and then going back up to El Camino Real to Apple Street.

Presented by First Night Monterey, the Greenfield Cultural Arts Center and the City of Greenfield, the festival will bring the community together to celebrate cultures through the arts.

The family-oriented arts event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will take place on El Camino Real between Apple and Oak streets.

“It is sure to please the entire family, and will feature music that showcases the best of local and regional cumbia, banda, reggae, samba and rock and roll bands on four stages,” according to First Night Monterey Executive Director Ellen Martin. “Dancing is encouraged.”

Featured bands and performers include: Monterey County Pops!, Mariachi Juvenil Santa Cruz, SambaDá, Banda La Nueva Era, The Edge Band, Sensory Tribe, Kiki Wow and Fields of Eden, Grupo Aventurero, Arcoiris Cultural Folklorico, Blanc Bandera, Azomali Danza Azteca, Na Haumana, Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team and Taiko Drummers.

The day will be filled with live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, car show and traditional fair, featuring local food vendors, special art exhibition and artisans selling their wares.

Adults can relax at the Beer and Wine Garden located near the main stage, while youth can explore their creativity at the Kids’ Zone or participate in several interactive science and art activities.

“As you walk El Camino Real, local community organizations have planned many activities,” Martin said. “You can register to vote and even vote at the County Elections mobile site. Besides the Kids’ Zone, a car show will feature vintage local hot rods, low riders and custom cars.”

Greenfield Harvest Festival is sponsored by the City of Greenfield, Salinas Valley Recycles, Arts Council for Monterey County, King City Rustler/Salinas Valley Tribune, La Plaza Bakery, Harden Foundation, California Arts Council and the Pebble Beach Foundation.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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