Washington, DC – Duarte Entertainment is excited to announce the launch of the first ever Puerto Rican festival in the nation’s capital, “LA PLACITA DMV,” on July 22nd, 2023 at Gateway Pavilion. The festival promises to be a vibrant celebration of Puerto Rican culture and community, featuring live performances, food trucks, artisans & craft vendors, cabezudos, and DOMINAZO, a domino tournament in partnership with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Domino USA.

“We’re thrilled to bring LA PLACITA DMV to Washington, DC,” said Luis Duarte, founder and CEO of Duarte Entertainment. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the richness and diversity of Puerto Rican culture and heritage, while also supporting local businesses and artists. This festival is not just about entertainment, but also about showcasing the best of Puerto Rican culture, cuisine, and traditions.”

Live performances at the festival will include a range of musical genres, from salsa to reggaeton and plena. Attendees can expect to see some of the hottest acts in the Latin music scene, as well as up-and-coming local artists. In addition, foodies will be able to indulge in a variety of traditional Puerto Rican dishes, such as mofongo, arroz con gandules, and pernil, as well as refreshing drinks like coquito and piña coladas and also have the privilege to vote for the best food truck for the People’s Choice Award. 

Artisans & craft vendors will offer a range of handmade goods, including jewelry, clothing, and home decor, while cabezudos (giant puppets) will roam the festival grounds, delighting attendees of all ages. DOMINAZO, the domino tournament, presented in partnership with the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Domino USA, will give participants the chance to compete for prizes and bragging rights.

LA PLACITA DMV is a family-friendly event, and children under 12 years old will enter free. We will also have a kids zone with activities and games to keep the little ones entertained. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the rich and colorful culture of Puerto Rico in the heart of Washington, DC. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit