The end of summer does not have to make you feel sad. The last warm days of summer are meant to be enjoyed and celebrated. September 15 marks the beginning of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. That is why there are a lot of Latino Festivals going on at the end of summer. And to make it easier for you to enjoy these last couple of weeks of warm weather by attending some of the fun family-friendly festivals that happening in September all throughout the state of Iowa we created a list of them. Pick a couple or attend them all.
VIVA Quad Cities
Saturday, September 7, 2019, 12:00 PM -10:30 PM
LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA
VIVA Quad Cities is celebrating its 26th year this year. This family-friendly event always offers many great things to do. This year is no exception. There will be food, merchandise, and service vendors. A whole area filled with fun just for children. Presentation of colors and lots of music and dancing. This year’s headliner is Isabel Marie. The following entertainers will present during this event: DJ Pachanga, Danza Guadalupana de West Liberty, Crooked Cactus, QC Ballet Folklorico, Glenview Mariachi and more. Admission is $10 for adults and it is free for children 12 years old and younger. For more information, please visit https://vivaquadcities.com/
St. Mary’s Kermes
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 516 Fillmore St., Davenport, IA
There will be food, Mexican loteria (bingo), trampolines for children to enjoy. Music by DJ Guerrero. Performances by Glenview Mariachi and QC Ballet Folklorico. There also will be Payasito Churrumais.
Fiesta Latina West Liberty
Saturday, September 14, 2019, starts at 10:00 AM
The downtown of West Liberty, IA
A Fun event for the whole family to enjoy. Instead of just sprinkling a few children’s activities here and there, this event will have its own Children’s Fest that will run from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. After Children’s Fest stay for the parade and other fun presentations like Danza de Los Viejitos (Dance of the Elderly), Danza Guadalupana (dance presentation), music by SonPERUchos and others. The headliner for this fest will be Los Cadetes de Linares.
Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids
Sunday, September 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 1st St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA
This year there will be more music and fun. Those who are planning to attend will be able to enjoy a variety of delicious foods from vendors. There will be the performance of traditional and colorful dances by Quad Cities Folkloric Ballet. DJ Byron will play popular music and Grupo Instinto will take the main stage to play live. Children will love this event too. There will be bounce houses and piñatas.
Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids is promising to be great this year. Also, this year the mayor of Cedar Rapids will make a proclamation and two Cedar Rapids High School graduates will be awarded scholarships.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11 AM – 9 PM
Jimmy Jones Shelter, Joe Lord Memorial Drive, Ottumwa, IA
There will be musical performances, dance groups and food and other vendors. The performers at the main stages will be representing various cultures of Latin America, Africa, South East Asia, and the Philippines. For a complete schedule of performers please look for VIVA Ottumwa Festival page in Facebook.
Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival presents Colorful Tradition de Iowa
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines, IA
One of the biggest events in the state of Iowa. There are artist displays and cultural booths, children’s activities and food vendors, informational booths and merchandise vendors. Of course, no festival is complete without live music and presentations by various dance groups. Come out and enjoy one the best celebration of Latino culture and community in the state of Iowa. For more information follow Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival page in Facebook or go to https://www.latinoheritagefestival.org/
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Rhythm City Casino Resort, 7077 Elmore Ave, Davenport, IA
Live professional boxing with matches between “The Exception” Shawn West, Sr. and Lance “Lay’em Down” Williams, Kristine Ion-Rood and “Diamond” Daisha Duran, “The Anointed Fighter” Eddie Hamilton and Andre Espeut. Also, on the card “Smokin” joe Perez, “Stunning” Stephen Edwards, Rodrigo Rody Rubio and pro debuts of Lalo Ramos and Roberto Negrete, Jr. Tickets cost is $75 for the front row, $55 for the second row, and $40 for third and fourth rows and $24 general admission. Doors open at 6:00 Pm and fights begin at 7:00 PM. For more information please visit https://www.rhythmcitycasino.com/event/2019/oct/rhythmrumble.html