Beginning on September 15, 2022, Fort Stockton Community Theater will host Barrio Fest: A Celebration of the Hispanic Culture in Fort Stockton. A four-day community festival, Barrio Fest will offer numerous public and free programs about different aspects of Fort Stockton's Hispanic history and culture, including oral history collections and historic tours of the town. 

On Saturday, September 17, there will be two panel discussions led by Nicolas C. Garcia (The University of Texas at San Antonio). The first will focus on the history of school integration in Fort Stockton and will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the Butz Education Center. Later in the day, Garcia will lead a second discussion about the history of the Bracero Program at Joe's Place, a historic establishment in downtown Fort Stockton. At 7:00 p.m., there will be a performance of The Panza Monologues by San Antonio-based Teatro Audaz at the Nelson Street Theater, followed by a community discussion about the play.

All events throughout Barrio Fest will be free and open to the public. A full schedule of events can be found on the Fort Stockton Communtiy Theater website. 

This program was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas.

A 1955 Cadillac in front of Fort Stockton's historic Fidel Grocery and Market. Barrio Fest will feature a car show on September 17. Photo by Andres Madrid.