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Arboretum to host celebration of Hispanic and Latino culture

Posted September 23, 2021 at 8:45 am

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – Hispanic and Latino arts and culture will be on full display Sunday, October 3 at the New Hanover County Arboretum, and everyone is invited to join the celebration.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Friends of the Arboretum will host a special celebration with food trucks, music and other entertainment, children’s games, a scavenger hunt and a COVID vaccination station. Businesses and nonprofits that serve the Hispanic and Latino communities will be on site as well, and the Arboretum Gift Shop will be open.

Businesses and nonprofits interested in participating in the event can register at

Participation is free for nonprofits or a modest fee of $25 for businesses. Preregistration is required.

The free, family friendly event takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. Play Giant Jenga on the wedding lawn, dance to Latin music, and enjoy a taco or sweet treat. Attendees can enjoy the grounds of the Arboretum as well, including the ever-popular koi pond and Japanese Tea House.

“We are delighted and honored to celebrate with the local Hispanic and Latino communities and highlight their culture and contributions,” said Carolyn Thomas, President of Friends of the Arboretum. “We also invite the public to come discover all that the New Hanover County Arboretum has to offer. Come and see the Arboretum in a new way, and celebrate Latin American cultures at the same time.”

Friends of the Arboretum are partnering with UNCW Latino Alliance, New Hanover County Office of Diversity and Equity, and the Latin American Business Council, among others, to bring a diverse array of businesses, performances, food, and nonprofits together on the beautiful grounds of the Arboretum.

The Arboretum encompasses seven acres of gardens and is supported by a cooperative effort between NC State University, New Hanover County, Extension Master Gardeners, and Friends of the Arboretum. The grounds are free and open daily, and are one of New Hanover County’s best-kept secrets.

For additional information about the celebration contact: Laura McCabe,, 910-540-9371 or call the Arboretum 910-798-7670




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