The food will be spicy and the dancing will be sultry at Festival Latino, an annual celebration of Latin American culture.

Why you should go:

The food will be spicy and the dancing will be sultry at Festival Latino, an annual celebration of Latin American culture.

If you've been meaning to check out one of those Columbus Taco Truck Tours, you'll dig this festival, which centers on tasty Mexican street foods. Always another big draw is a marketplace chock full of hand-crafted jewelry, art and crafts from Latin and Caribbean vendors.

What's new:

CAPA stepped in this year to save Festival Latino after budget cuts threatened its demise. Changes include shifting the festival to a Saturday-Sunday run date, moving the end time up a few hours to 8 p.m. and booking live music for the entire day rather than primarily the evening. The result is more of a family-friendly festival with a daytime focus.

What to eat & drink:

Columbus' Mexican-food mainstay, El Vaquero, will be serving up their brand of Tex-Mex favorites. But don't miss more authentic fare from East Side taco truck El Manantial Latino, Mexican grocery Panaderia Oaxaquena, Puerto Rican vendor Antojitos Criollos and Peruvian eatery Si Senor.

Several beer tents will offer alcoholic options, but there'll also be plenty of fun non-alcoholic drink options, including lemonade from Whole World Natural Restaurant, smoothies from Big Bamboo and tropical fruit juices.

Entertainment:

Headlining a full Latin-flavored lineup are the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Tiempo Libre. The 13-member all-star Orchestra, led by renowned pianist Oscar Hernandez, will bring its classic New York City salsa sound to the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, the hot young Latin band Tiempo Libre will perform their brand of timba, a mix of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Also performing is "Cleveland's Mambo King" Sammy DeLeon and Yumbambe, a local group bringing together meringue, calypso, bembe, cha cha, samba and bossa nova sounds.

Don't miss:

All dancing queens and fiends need to stop by the Dance Plaza, where you can get free salsa dance lessons from local Afro-Caribbean dance company Mas Y Mambo as well as Salsa Chezotic. Plus, there'll be Puerto Rican dance demonstrations from Dayton's Grupo Caribe and traditional folkloric dance performances from OSU's Folclor Hispano.