Sunday, September 5
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Admission by donation
Enjoy a day of Puerto Rican music at this semi-annual festival. Bomba y Plena en el Museo is a free, family-friendly concert accompanied by cultural activities, all taking place on the grounds of the museum. Bring a blanket, a picnic lunch, and anything else you need to relax and take in the island vibe in Maryland!
Hosted by Cultura Plenera, featuring live performances by Los Hijo ‘e Plena, local artisans and food vendors. Bomba and plena are Puerto Rican musical genres with heavy African influences that date back more than 100 years. The songs narrate stories and express the sentiments of Puerto Ricans and their culture – as well as other groups from the African diaspora and Puerto Rico.
In addition to live performances, there will be three workshops*:
- Luis Irizzary, a Puerto Rican chef from Maryland, will be leading a culinary workshop of traditional, authentic Puerto Rican food.
- Singer and poet Edwin Maysonet will present his first book of poems about Puerto Rican identity, history and culture.
- Angel Rivera from Puerto Rico Distillery will give a workshop on handcrafted Puerto Rican moonshine (rum). Participants will also be able to purchase their own moonshine blending kit to prepare at home with the information shared during the workshop.
*Workshops require a registration fee. Details and registration coming soon.
Please pre-register for this event so we know to expect you!
For accommodation requests, please contact the museum via email or at 301-774-0022.