Latino Festival releases entertainment schedule, begins festival with opening ceremonies

DES MOINES, IA – Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival will kick off with an opening ceremonies event, where key individuals including scholarship recipients and the festival’s sponsors will be recognized.



Ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 26 on the main stage. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. that day and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 27.


“We want to thank our sponsors for their commitment to the festival, because without them we would not be able to host this amazing cultural event for our community,” said Joe Gonzalez, executive director of Latino Resources Inc., the umbrella organization that oversees the festival.


New this year is a VIP hospitality tent for local elected officials and event sponsors. There will be different cultural foods and live music.


“It’s an opportunity to network and mingle and have a good time,” said Brenda Phongsavanh, a member of the Latino Resources Board.

The festival takes place on the Walnut Street and Court Avenue bridges in downtown. It includes various musical entertainment, dancers, martial arts performers, a children’s area, Latin American foods, booths about the countries represented at the festival and more.

This year’s entertainment schedule:


Sept. 26


10:30 to 11:25 a.m.: Los Ninos de Tepeyac


11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.: Mariachi Zapata


12:30 to 1 p.m.: Festival Opening Ceremonies


1:15 to 2 p.m.: Chicos Kumbia


2:20 to 3:20 p.m.: Estrofia


3:40 to 4:40 p.m.: Izcalli


5 to 5:45 p.m.: Chicos Kumbia


6 to 6:40 p.m.: Yamir


7 to 8:30 p.m.: Parranderos


9 to 11 p.m.: La Obra


Sept. 27


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Los Ninos de Tepeyac


12:45 to 2 p.m.: Mariachi Zapata


2:30 to 3:15 p.m.: Yamir


3:45 to 5:30 p.m.: Parranderos


There also will be a health village; a civic engagement booth; and an expanded artwork display that will continue to showcase the work of veterans but also young Latinos and Latinas’ art, as well as live art.


Cost to attend is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger . For more information, visit , or contact Melissa Walker at 515-681-7731 or . Visit Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival on Facebook and #ialatinoheritagefestival on Instagram.


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