Iowa celebrates Hispanic Heritage month all throughout the state


September is Fiesta month, and all across Iowa Latinos come together to celebrate. Many towns have their own unique celebration of Latino Culture in Iowa. There is a lot of fun, food and live music and performances for whole families to enjoy. Also, the biggest annual Latino festival in Iowa will take place in Des Moines. Get your family and friends and plan to attend one or many of these celebrations of the Latino communities in Iowa starting with VIVA Quad Cities kicking off Fiesta month with their 25th anniversary celebration at Centennial Park in Davenport, IA Saturday September 8 starting at 11 am.

VIVA Quad Cities Fiesta, Davenport, IA

Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

LOCATION CHANGE!  Centennial Park, Davenport, Iowa


Centennial Park is located at 315 S. Marquette Street, Davenport Iowa, just on the opposite side of Modern Woodmen Baseball Park from LeClaire Park.

VIVA Quad Cities and LULAC Quad Cities invite you to attend the Quad Cities largest celebration of Hispanic culture with food, dancing, live music, a Fiesta Queen contest, merchants and more. Celebrate the 25th Annual Viva Quad Cities Fiesta on the Davenport riverfront at the beautiful Centennial Park Saturday, September 8th from 11 am to 11 pm.

Biggest celebration of Hispanic culture in Quad Cities. Celebrating the 25th anniversary this year with DJ Kane, the voice of the original Kumbia Kings. Music from grupo Instinto, DJ Pachanga, Crooked Cactus and Glenview Mariachi Band. Performance by Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico. Vendors, arts and crafts, activities for children and food booths. For more information go to


Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids

Sunday, September 16, 2018 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McGrath Amphitheatre, 475 1st St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA


A big celebration of Latin American cultures for the whole family to enjoy. During this free event the participants will enjoy great live music, foods from different countries and variety of fun activities for kids. This event has been celebrating diversity for past 6 years. Everyone is invited to enjoy fun afternoon in Cedar Rapids.

Parranderos Latin Combo will headline this event with also performances by the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico.


Latino Festival 2018

Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, IA

This event is free and it is family friendly. Children will have fun jumping at bouncy houses, getting their faces painted, doing various crafts and other fun activities. Everyone will enjoy live music and performances by dance groups. And for the first time this event will have Multicultural Food Truck Rally. There will be different food trucks representing different cultures and nationalities. Mexican, Chinese, Venezuelan and even African food will be sold from food trucks for everyone to try something new and different. For more details about this event please call Roger Garcia at (712) 256-9590 or send an email to [email protected]

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival -Sabores de Iowa

Saturday, September 22, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM and Sunday, September 23, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Western Gateway Park, 1300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA

This is the largest Latino Festival in the state of Iowa. Every year Des Moines celebrates Latino culture with food, live music and variety of performances. There are crafts and art made by local Iowa Latinos. There is photography, acrylic paintings, and sculpture exhibits. Performance arts are also part of this event. During this event participants will get a chance to try a food of many Latin American countries. Food vendors will take participants on culinary adventure of their countries. Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival also offers to everyone interested an opportunity to learn about diverse cultures of Latin American countries by visiting Cultural Booths at the event. Children will also learn a lot while playing and participating at various activities. This is not just fun family friendly event; this is event where everyone can learn something new and different about many countries of Latin America. Come out because there are a lot more to see and experience at this event.

One Ottumwa! International Festival

Saturday, September 29, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Marke  on Main, 331 E Main St., Ottumwa, IA

This event is celebration of diversity with food, music, dance and many activities for everyone from big to small. Different countries of the world will be represented through dance performances and music. Food vendors will offer the taste of their culture to participants. The countries of Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Philippines will be represented at this event. This is a great chance for everyone to travel the World without leaving the backyard.

Fiesta Latina, Latinos Unidos of West Liberty

Saturday, September 15, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

West Liberty, IA

Food and fun and whole fest just for kids from 10 AM to 3 PM. Finger licking good tacos, tostadas, mangonadas and more. Great musical lineup that will make you dance all night. Diferencia de Oaxaca, Corazon Latino, Danza de Viejitos and more.The headliner of this music filled event will be one of the most popular cumbia performers from Mexico.  No one can stay still when Sonora Dinamita starts playing their cumbias. Come out to have fun and dance the night away.

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