Hispanic Fest 2017

Ft. Walton Beach, FL

2017-10-01 11:00:00

Our Folklore, Our Music, Our Food...Our Gifts to the World

Hispanic Fest 2017

United for a Good Cause Inc. hosted another OUTSTANDING festival to raise funds for the 13th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children’s Fiesta! More than 60 vendors, continuous variety entertainment, an awesome art gallery, kids' activity zone and 13 food vendors’ booths took part in this momentous activity! More than 2,000 people attended the Festival and had a great time. Our thanks to our Title Sponsor for the 3rd year in a row, ZT MOTORS, and the other sponsors, to the vendors, and to all the volunteers and attendees for making this another special event. Thanks to everyone that participated in one way or another, over $5,000.00 was raised which will now be used to plan, organize and execute the EVERYTHING IS FREE to all that attend 13th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle. On 17 December, the same venue, the beautiful Emerald Coast Convention Center will host the Miracle Fiesta and we expect over 2,000 kids and families! Thank you for helping us “put a smile on a needy child's face this Christmas!“

Please click here for photos from Hispanic Fest 2017 >>

Hispanic Fest 2017
Sunday, October 01, 2017, 11am-9pm
Emerald Coast Convention Center

Admission: $5 per person, children 12 years old and younger admitted free

Lodging Partners



Additional Hotel Information:

For the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, guests should call 1-800-874-8962 and mention their affiliation with Hispanic Fest 2017 to book at the discounted group rates. Rates start at $139 per night


About Hispanic Fest 2017

Hispanic Fest was started in 2014 by United for a Good Cause Inc., a 501c(3) charitable organization. It is the largest and most varied indoor Hispanic festival between Tampa and New Orleans!

Hispanic Fest is a family-oriented, cultural and educational festival that showcases the very best of Hispanic music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, exhibits, and the flavors and aromas of our excellent cuisine.

Hispanic Fest 2017 will include live bands, singers, top DJs, delicious food, a variety of vendors, folkloric groups, a fashion show, a kids zone, and more...What a great way to enjoy a weekend on the beautiful white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast of Florida.

Special appearances by non-hispanic performers and dance groups will also take place!

Our goal is to have "something" from each and every one of the Hispanic nations of the World!

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Great photos from Hispanic Fest 2016 >>

Proceeds from the event will benefit United for a Good Cause Inc's 13th Annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children's Fiesta. The Fiesta, held each December since 2005, is an everything is free to all that attend charity event.

Hispanics have been a part of the Emerald Coast for hundreds of years with the arrival of the Spanish Armadas into areas like Pensacola.

Hispanics play a huge role in the US economy with their tremendous purchasing power which is estimated at over 1.5 trillion!

Businesses, service agencies and other entities or individuals who enjoy the Hispanic culture are welcomed to become sponsors and vendors! This festival will provide an invaluable opportunity to reach out and market to the growing Hispanic community of the Emerald Coast and NW Florida Region, as well as the large quantities of Non-Hispanics expected to attend.


To enhance diversity in the Emerald Coast region by bringing the overall community together as we showcase and share the richness of the Hispanic/Latin American culture.


To unite all Hispanics regardless of their social, economic, and political background and together, provide a family friendly event for the entire Emerald Coast and Northwest Florida region to enjoy!


  • To provide the public with a family oriented event filled with learning through music, dance, food, children's activities, arts and cultural exhibits from as many of our Hispanic nations as possible.
  • To emphasize the uniqueness of our culture and the diversity of the Hispanic community of the United States.
  • To create an event that showcases local and regional performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen and artifact producers.
  • Through distinct activities and exhibits, educate the youth to a better understanding of our culture.
  • To provide an invaluable opportunity for Hispanic and Non-Hispanic businesses, service agencies, corporations, and other local and regional entities to reach the growing Hispanic community of the Emerald Coast and the NW Florida Region!


  • There are 55 million Hispanics in the United States.
  • They are the largest minority at 17%.
  • Florida has 4.8 million Hispanics which equates to 23% of its population.
  • Hispanic purchasing power nationally is 1.5 trillion.
  • The combined income of Hispanics in NW Florida is 1.4 billion.
  • The combined income of Okaloosa County Hispanics is approximately 300 million.
  • Florida Hispanic owned businesses: 22.4% (a larger percentage than in Texas and California)
  • Florida is home to 7 of the 10 largest Latino-owned businesses in the country. Many of which are founded by immigrants.
  • Home ownership is at 54%, and the percentage of Hispanic students in Florida classrooms (K-12) is 27%.
  • In the NW Florida, the percentage of Hispanics varies from 2% in Washington County to over 9.5% in Gasden (Quincy) County. Okaloosa County is 4.7%.

While the percentages in the Emerald Coast might seem "small" in comparison, they still mean thousands of potential customers for local/regional businesses. For employers, it means thousands of fully bilingual workers. Even in the political arena, it means thousands of potential voters to reach out to and which could make the difference in any election!

The combination of Hispanic demographics, preferences and increased buying power is expected to benefit the following seven economic sectors:

  • residential buying
  • food - grocery and restaurants
  • retail - specifically clothing and electronics
  • education - higher learning and technical schools
  • financial services
  • transportation - automotive and airline
  • entertainment and media

Source: IBISWorld, The Growing Hispanic Population Means Big Business for These 7 Sectors, Special Report, August 2011




Fashion Show


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Festival Attendees Dancing


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Sponsorship Levels and Payment Information

Hispanic Fest 2017 is sure to be your biggest and most cost effective opportunity to promote your business, market to and network with the thousands of Hispanics and Non-Hispanics from throughout the North West Florida area and surrounding states who are expected to attend this magnificent event.

We invite you to become one of our corporate sponsors. Together we will make a positive difference in our community because the funds raised will help our organization continue our mission to "promote the Spirit of Service, Giving, and Unity among the youth of our area for the benefit of the Emerald Coast community."

Please click here for additional Hispanic Fest 2017 Sponsorship and Vendor Information >>


Live Bands (Tropical and Mexican music), the area's Top DJs (music for all tastes, including American music), Latin Dance Demos, a Fashion Show, Dance Contests for children and adults and lots, lots more!.

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Folkloric Groups

Enjoy the presentations from our area's best groups to include Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Cuba, Spain and more.

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Enjoy the most delicious and popular Hispanic cuisine from area restaurants (pay as you go). Visit our "FONDA HISPANA", where we will have a wide variety of Latin appetizers for sale (tamales, empanadas, rellenitos, arepas, and more).

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A Happy World (Un Mundo Feliz) Kids' Zone

Clowns, magicians, puppeteers, piñatas, contests, arts and crafts tables and more! Children will not be able to be bored at Hispanic Fest!

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A large variety of vendors will be in place, as well as non-profit organizations, service agencies and others.

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Art and Cultural Displays

Art Gallery featuring local artists, plus cultural displays created by individuals and area students.

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Games Section

Enjoy a game of dominoes, Mexican loteria and other popular Table games as you listen to the great performers on stage.

Games at a past event

Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

ZT Motors

Platinum Sponsors

Cox Communications

Gold Sponsors

Helen Back Cafe Sonido Crown and Illumination

Silver Sponsors

Conexion The Home Depot Natural Awakenings Primerica

Bronze Sponsors

Cefco Convenience Stores C-Sharpe Specialty General Contractors Eglin Federal Credit Union Emerald Coast Kids Elias Company 71 Gulf Coast Immediate Care Gulf Power K2 Media Ramada Plaza Beach Resort Sherwin Williams Tienda LaMexicana y Taqueria Patriot Tax Solutions

Directions and Contact Information


Emerald Coast Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE,
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548


United for a Good Cause Inc.
P.O. Box 38
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549
P: (850) 368-3505
E: united4agoodcause@gmail.com

Estela Elias, Chair
P: (850) 305-3686
E-Mail: estela.elias@unitedforgoodcause.org

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