Salsa, piñata free festival returns May 3 to Apache Junction

The annual Salsa and Piñata Festival of Culture and Wellness returns for its third year to Apache Junction this weekend. This year’s salute to art, music and comedy will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in EarthHeart Park on the grounds of Mountain Health and Wellness, 625 N. Plaza Drive in Apache Junction.

This event is open to the public and is free of charge for public attendance. It is presented by MHW and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care.

There will be live entertainment by Mexican bands and dancers 9 a.m.-3 p.m., a performance by comedian Roberto Rodriguez 12:45-1:30 p.m. and a farmers market. Latino band Power Drive will perform 1:30-3 p.m.

Free instructional workshops will be held inside MHW. They are: a tai chi class at 9 a.m.; learn how to make Mexican flowers using papel picado, a paper-cutting artform, at 9 a.m.; how to use a Native American medicine wheel by Ron Sandoval at 10 a.m.; and chocolate-making with Jean Buckborough at 11 a.m.

Groups, businesses and food vendors still have a few days to register to participate in the salsa-making and piñata-making contests and as a vendor. All participating vendors should have a current state of Arizona TPT license and a city of Apache Junction business license or a temporary city special event license, according to the vendor application form. MHW will pay for a temporary city special event license for those vendors who do not possess an annual Apache Junction city license, according to the form.

The special event form for the city will be provided the day of the event and must be filled out by all vendors to set up. Vendors without a valid state of Arizona TPT license will need to present their Social Security number. All vendors need to provide a copy of their valid driver’s license.

Vendors booths will be 10 feet by 10 feet in size and located on the park grounds on a natural dirt surface. The booths are free for vendors except for those selling food; their booth cost is $25, according to the form.

For an application or more information, e-mail Gustavo McGrew at or Scott Taylor at

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