4th annual Frida Fest returns to celebrate Mexican art and culture

NOW: 4th annual Frida Fest returns to celebrate Mexican art and culture

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- This weekend, Farmhouse Paint and Sip, located on Milwaukee's southside, is hosting the 4th annual Frida Fest. The two-day festival is a celebration of the well-known artist Frida Kahlo. While Kahlo was Mexican, it's a celebration of the vibrant and floral art found in the broader Hispanic culture. 

"It's cool that Farmhouse is giving Frida Kahlo that opportunity to shine," said Esthephanie Lupo. Lupo is one of the art vendors that will be at Frida Fest. She will be selling her digital prints of Kahlo and other unique designs.

"I love community," said Lupo. "The Latino community is huge in Milwaukee. I love the support that we all have, and just having the opportunity to share one another's culture." 

In addition to art vendors, there will be a Frida lookalike contest, paint-and-sip classes, food trucks, music and a poetry slam. 

"Culturally, we as women identify with her, and her resilience. And also, you know, she was very vibrant in everything she did," said Thaime Nañez. 

Nañez is the organizer of the event. She's enjoyed watching the festival grow over the past four years. 

"It was overwhelming how excited and how much it has grown over the years," said Nañez. "We started with 1,500 people the first year and last year we had about 5,000 people." 

The festival goes from 11 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

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