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The celebration of Latino culture usually starts in August and runs through October in anticipation of Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15 – October 15. Mark your calendars because Fiesta time is here and Hola Iowa has created our annual list of some of the Festivals celebrating Latino culture in Iowa.   

Latino Celebration at Iowa State Fair

August 14, 2022 from 7 PM to 9 PM

Iowa State Fair is getting a little Latino flavor added in. Come out on August 14 and stay for Latino Celebration with Parranderos Latin Combo. They will perform at the Ann & Bill Riley Stage.

Iowa State Fair will be on East 30th Street and East University Avenue in Des Moines, IA. The Iowa State Fair runs from August 11 to 21, 2022. For more information go to iowastatefair.org

Latino Fest in Iowa City

August 27, 2022 from 12 PM to 9 PM

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This celebration is full of fun for whole families to enjoy. Food vendors selling great food from Mexico and Central America. Live music and fun activities for kids. Traditional dance groups and even a chance to learn to dance with experienced dance instructors. This is promising to be a fun event for all families to enjoy.

Latino Fest in Iowa City will be at Ped Mall in downtown Iowa City on E Washington Street (between Dubuque St and Linn St).

St. Joseph’s Parish Festival, West Liberty

Sunday, September 4 from 1:30 PM to 6 PM

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In front of the church

PUPUSAS VS TACOS is the theme for this year, we have Maria Duran’s famous authentic pupusas vs Alicia Vieyra, a parishioner from Davenport, famous authentic tacos. Try both and let us know your pick! 

Scheduled to appear

Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico 2-2:30 PM

LULAC West Liberty Scholarship Presentation 3 PM

Danza Guadalupana de West Liberty 4 PM

LULAC Fiesta Night

September, 10 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Celebration of Mexican Independence with Monarchs and Mariachi at the Putnam Museum. Displays and fun activities for whole families. Celebration of the Monarch butterflies and their yearly migration to Mexico. There will be catrinas and the crowning of the Fiesta Queen. Entertainment by Glenview Mariachi Band, Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico and Grupo Innstinto.

The Putnam Museum is located at 1717  W 12th St. Davenport, IA.

Fiesta Latina de West Liberty

September 10, 2022 from 3 PM-9:30PM

Before the event, there will be the Children’s Festival from 10 AM-3 pPM

Fiesta Latina de West Liberty, Downtown West Liberty. Music, Great food from Latinamerica, lots of fun and childrens’ activities. The entertainment headliner will be announced soon. 

The Fiesta Latina will at West Liberty Center (3rd Street; between Calhoun Street and Spencer Street). 

The Storm Lake Proud Multicultural Festival

September 10 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

This is the first year for this festival. It is expected to have around 30 different cultures represented at this festival. There will be food, dance, music, and representations of traditions from different countries. The whole community is invited to attend this event. Free admission.

The Storm Lake Proud  Multicultural Festival will take place at Chautauqua Park located at 401 Chautauqua Park Dr, Storm Lake, IA.

Viva Ottumwa International Festival

September 11, 2022 from 11 AM to 7 PM

Great event for community members. Food vendors, dance and music, and lots of fun activities for kids.

Viva Ottumwa International Festival will take place at Quincy Place Mall  located at 1110 Quincy Ave, Ottumwa, IA

Kermes at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church – Davenport

September 11 from 10 AM to 5 PM

Food and fun times for everyone in the community to enjoy. There will be DJ and even a crown. Presentations by Ballet Folklorico,  Danza Asuncio,n and many fun kids activities.

Kermes at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church located at 417 N Main Street, Davenport.

Fort Madison Mexican Fiesta

September 14, 15, and 16 all day.

A huge family fun celebration with dancing, music, food, the crowning of Queens and Princesses, pepper eating contest, and others. Music by Crooked Cactus from the Quad Cities on Saturday night. The official part of the program begins at 6 pm on September 15. A little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy. Follow them on Facebook Fort Madison Mexican Fiesta est. 1921

Fort Madison Mexican Fiesta at 34th St and Avenue Q in Fort Madison, IA

Festival Latino de Cedar Rapids

September 18 from 11 AM to 5 PM

Dust up your best dancing shoes and mark the calendar because this year the Cedar Rapids Latino Festival is promising to be memorable as they have announced the renowned band Sonora Dinamita has their headliner for the festival.

The Cedar Rapids Latino Festival will be held on September 18, 2022, from 11 AM to 5 PM at the McGrath Amphitheater located at 475 1st At SW, Cedar Rapids, IA.  This Latino Festival celebrates its 12th year. And as always the whole community is invited to come and join the fun.

For the first time, Cedar Rapids’ very own Ballet Folklorico Fuerza Cultural Cedar Rapids will be performing during this event. Also, the local music band, Grupo Diferencia de Oaxaca will play their music for the participants’ enjoyment.

The Cedar Rapids Latino Festival will offer a variety of activities for kids as well. Kids will have fun breaking piñatas during the day. There will be representatives from the local soccer club. They will set up a space where kids can kick the ball around. Also, Los Primos Boxing Club, the local boxing program, will have some match presentations going on.

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Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival

September 24 from 10 AM to 11 PM and September 25 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

One of the biggest Latino celebrations in Iowa!: This year’s theme for this celebration is A Taste of Latin America. Vendors, exhibitions, food and lots of music. Fun activities for kids and performances. Not an event to be missed!

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival will be at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines, IA. For more information go to www.LatinoHeritageFestival.org

Stay tuned to HolaIowa.com for more updates on the Latino Festivals for this season.

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