Save the Date for the Latino Festivals in Iowa


With the Latino Heritage Month coming up there are many communities throughout Iowa and the Quad Cities that are hoping to bring back the Latino festivities once again post pandemic.  Here are a couple of events that are coming up that should be marked on your calendar!

DAVENPORT, IA– A crowd favorite the Crooked Cactus Band will be coming to the Gypsy Highway Friday August 6th. 

Crooked Cactus is The perfect mix of Latin & Classic Rock! What sets them apart is their dynamic trumpet section and the ability to fuse Mexican and American music genres.


Plan a fun night out with friends listening to great music and dancing; enjoy a few drinks and the food is excellent too! $5 Cover

With great music and food this is an event not to be missed visit their Facebook page for more information.

DES MOINES,IA– the Latino Heritage Festival will kick-off the festivities in a couple weeks at the Iowa State Fair when they bring the Andy William & The Nebraska All Star an Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra. Which will be a taste of what the Latino Heritage Festival has in store for the September 25-26 event in Downtown Des Moines.


The orchestra is made up of musicians from all over the world like Cuba, Panama, Venezuela, Mexico and America, and they all reside in Nebraska and offer different styles of Cuban music such as Latin Jazz, Danzón, Guaracha,Cha Cha Cha, Guaguanco, and some American rhythm too. Also, always doing tributes to Buena Vista Social Club of Cuba. Andy William and Nebraska All Stars are here to unite the universal language of music and welcome the diversity of the world.

They will be performing Sunday, Aug 15 at 7:00pm; this will take place at the Anne & Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair! A Celebración Latina and an event you don’t want to miss with the returning of the Iowa State Fair. For more information visit their website.

IOWA CITY, IA – On August 28, 2021 the 9th annual Latino Fest Iowa City invites residents, organizations, and businesses to join them in celebrating the tradition that started a decade ago.


Attendees will delight in delicious dishes from Latin America, browse and shop traditional craft vendors, observe traditional dances presented by local and regional dancers, and enjoy the exciting, upbeat live musical entertainment. Visitors will be immersed in a celebration of the vibrant Latino culture.

The Latino Fest Iowa City will take place at 210 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA. This event will start at 12:00pm and end at 9:00pm. The event is open to the public, this is an event not to be missed! Visit the website for more information!



WEST LIBERTY, IA- West Liberty Fiesta Latina will be on September 11th. They will have great music and entertainment and great food available. It will be on September 11 from 10am to 9pm on 3rd Street (downtown) in West Liberty. The event is completely free.

CEDAR RAPIDS,IA – Get prepared on September 12 for El Festival Latino! There will be music, food, and this will be the 10th Anniversary of the Festival! So come join September 12 in celebration of Latin American Cultures. This will start at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm and is located at McGrath Amphitheatre 475 1st st SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.  For more information visit their Facebook page. 

DES MOINES,IA– This year’s theme for the Iowa Latino Heritage Festival is is Living La Fiesta. Living La Fiesta is a spanglish sentence and invites the best both worlds of English and Spanish. This will take place September 25-26 at Western Gateway Park in Downtown Des Moines at 10:00am. For more information visit their Facebook page. 

OTTUMWA, IA– Viva Ottumwa an International festival with music, food and a celebration of the diversity in the community. There will be entertainment and performers across Iowa. This will take place at Jimmy Jones Shelter. There will be cultures from Africa, SE Asia, and the Philippines. This will take place on Sunday September 19th at 11am central time. For more information visit their Facebook page.  

ANKENY, IA and DES MOINES, IA – Somos Amigos Concert: Sonia De Los Santos & The Okee Dokee Brothers

September 23 – Ankeny Bandshell at Wagner Park at 6 pm


September 24 – Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park (Des Moines) at 6 pm

Grammy award winners The Okee Dokee Brothers join forces with Sonia De Los Santos for this bilingual concert including both old and new songs. Explore the musical traditions of North America as they illustrate the collective power of singing together. With an adventurous spirit and a common vision of peace and understanding, the concert encourages young and old to explore, dance, song, and laughter together.


“These performances are a significant way for DMPA to collaborate with a vast array of artists, venues and communities,” said DMPA spokesperson, Jonathan Brendemuehl. “Our priority is to present vibrant live performances and we are delighted to bring these performances into neighborhoods across the metro.”

For more information visit their website.

Don’t miss out on these amazing events with a lot of Latino talent. Stay tune for more updates here on

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