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*DOWN THE SHORE: Playero Latin Food & Music Festival

The Wildwoods Host Annual Festival Friday, August 12 – Saturday, August 13

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The Wildwoods, NJ – August 2, 2022 – The Puerto Rican Action Committee (PRAC) of Southern New Jersey is excited to announce that the 2022 Festival Playero Latin Food and Music Festival is scheduled for Friday, August 12 through Saturday, August 13 in Wildwood, NJ. This year’s event will feature Jerry Rivera, India, Grupo Mania, and Judy Torres. The event also features up-and-coming talent from the local region, authentic Latin food, plus a cash bar with wine and beer for sale. The festival is rain or shine.

“We are thrilled to host South Jersey’s largest bicultural/bilingual Latin music festival once again,” said Ralph Padilla, CEO of PRAC of Southern New Jersey. “We want to thank the City of Wildwood for their efforts in enabling us to host this event and offer our gratitude to our musical guests for coming together for this grand celebration. Together we celebrate our community and culture with live music, food, and fun on the beach. It will be an event you don’t want to miss!”

The events kick off Friday, August 12, with a White Night party hosted by Morey’s Piers PigDog Beach Bar from 7-11 p.m. with music by Noche Blanca. Access is exclusive to Executive VIPs and VIPs. Guests who attend must dress in all white! Appetizers will be served for the first two hours, and there will be a cash bar.

Festival Playero kicks off for all ticket holders on Saturday, August 13. Bring a towel to save your spot on the beach at Lincoln Avenue between Morey’s Adventure and Mariner Piers. Chairs will be provided for Executive VIPs and VIPs ticketholders. To learn more about becoming a VIP, or to order your tickets, visit Eventbrite.

Festival organizers are pleased to welcome “El Bebe de la Salsa,” Jerry Rivera, whose third album won three Platinum record awards in the U.S. Jerry also starred as a judge on Idol Puerto Rico. He will be joined by the “Princess of Salsa” India, who has received both Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations, and is the winner of the Latin Grammy for Best Salsa Album. She is sure to get the crowd moving and shaking.

The star-studded lineup continues with Grupo Mania, who released their debut album in 1993 and have been pleasing audiences ever since with their infectious merengue rhythms. Still going strong, the group released their 16th studio album “Los Conquistadores: 25 Aniversario” in December of 20019 which included hits like “Tocaíto”, “El Animal”, and “Chorro Eh Loco”, featuring Puerto Rican rapper Ñejo, and Dominican singer Omega “El Fuerte”. 

Judy Torres grew up in New York and had a string of club hits before releasing her debut album “Love Story” in 1989. She charted again several times in the 2000s and was dubbed the “Queen of Freestyle” by New York promoter Steve Sylvester. In 2018, three performances of her one-woman off-Broadway debut,” No Reason To Cry” sold out in under an hour.

Don’t miss out on this exciting weekend of events. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.