CELEBRATING OUR CULTURE! 2023 Latino Festivals in Iowa Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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There is very little time left before the beginning of the season of the Latino Festivals in Iowa. Many of these fun, colorful, delicious celebrations of the Latino Heritage start this weekend. Mark your calendars and plan to attend some or all of these events. Here is the list of various Festivals celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in different parts of Iowa.

Copa de la Diversion weekend – Des Moines

Weekend of September 8-10

Join the Iowa Cubs Friday, September 8 through September 10, for the first COPA de la Diversion weekend. Your Iowa Cubs will take the field as their alternate identity, Demonios de Des Moines, for three games during this homestand as they take on the Omaha Storm Chasers (Cazadores de Tormentas).

The Saturday and Sunday Festivities will be in partnership with Hola Iowa and the Iowa Latino Heritage Festival. There will be live cultural music, food, folkloric dancing, fireworks, Luchador wrestlers, and more! Join us for this special weekend as your Iowa Cubs help kick off the Hispanic Heritage Festival. 

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Saturday’s game will start at 6pm and Sunday’s game will start at 1pm

Use this link to join us for the Sunday game and help us raise some money for scholarships:

https://fevo.me/holaiowa

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LULAC Fiesta Night – Davenport

Saturday, September 9

A traditional yearly celebration of Latinos by LULAC Council 10 in Davenport, IA. More information is coming in the near future. Follow LULAC Council 10 on Facebook to stay updated with this event’s schedule.

Gran Kermes Saint Anthony’s – Davenport 

Sunday, September 10

Gran Kermes at St. Anthony’s Church 417 Main St., Davenport, IA starting at 10 am until 6 pm.

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Food for sale, family and children’s games. And music by Banda Seducción, Glenview Mariachi with presentations by Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and Payasito Churrumais. 

Viva Ottumwa “International Festival”

Saturday, September 16

Help us commemorate the diversity of Ottumwa with a day of entertainment, education, food, and activities for all ages!

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The event will take place at the Quincy Place Mall with representing cultures from Latin America, Africa, SE Asia, and Micronesia.

Starting at 12 pm at Quincy Place Mall 1110 N Quincy Ave, Ottumwa, IA 52501


Fort Madison Mexican Fiesta

Thursday, September 14 through Saturday, September 16.

This is Iowa’s oldest fiesta celebrating Mexico and its culture and traditions. It was established in 1921. We will be doing a feature on an upcoming issue of Hola Iowa. 

Fort Madison’s Annual Mexican Fiesta & the Independence of Mexico ~ 34th St & Ave Q, Fort Madison, IA

Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids

Saturday, September 16

The 2023 Cedar Rapids Festival Latino is almost here! Join us to enjoy various performers, including Iowa’s local musical group, Parranderos Latin Combo! PLC will perform from 3:30 to 4:30 PM and 5:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 16 at the McGrath Amphitheatre. Don’t miss it!

Fiesta Latina 2023 -West Liberty

Saturday, September 16 from 10 am to 10 pm in downtown West Liberty.

A Celebration of the Independence day of various Latin American countries. Children’s festival will run from 10 am to 3 pm, and Fiesta Latina follows until 10 pm. For more information follow Latinos Unidos West Liberty on Facebook.


Fiesta Cultural de Clarion

Saturday, September 16 St Gazebo Park in Clarion, IA

This will be the first celebration of this kind in Clarion, IA. There will be food vendors, traditional dance presentations music, and even a Margarita tent. This is all day event. 


Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival – Des Moines

Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24

One of the largest events in Iowa. It has been a huge success over the years. More information is coming soon. Follow this event on Facebook to be the first to know what was planned for this year.

Latino Fest – Celebrating Our Hispanic Heritage – Council Bluffs

Saturday September 30

Event for the whole family includes folkloric dances,  activities for children and adults, Live music and traditional food for sale. 

12-6pm Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl Ave., Council Bluffs, IA

Dubuque Latinx Fiesta

Saturday September 30

Celebrate the diverse cultures, art, music and cuisine of Latin America at the largest Outdoor Latinx festival in Dubuque!

The festival (family friendly) will take place outside and inside the Smokestack (on 7th street) and in Dubuque’s Courthouse parking lot. There will be Latin food, live music from different Latin bands, dancers performing typical Latin American dances, vendors, and a Latinx art exhibit. The first 50 people will receive FREE tacos from El Paisano. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

2 – 8 pm at Smokestack 62 E 7th St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7009, United States


Festival Cultural -Marshalltown

Sunday, October 15 from 1 pm to 5 pm at 13th Street District in Marshalltown, IA.

The whole community is invited to this free event. There will be food trucks and live music and dance, activities for kids, various vendors, and more.

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