Be part of the tradition, August 24-26
Mexican Fiesta brings the sounds, culture and tastes of Mexico to Milwaukee’s lakefront Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) The festival offers entertainment, exhibits, contests, shopping, food and other attractions.
Musical performances include top acts featuring mariachi, salsa, banda, bachata merengue, cumbia and morem, while the Rock en Español Stage brings contemporary sounds.
A Mariachi extravaganza features three bands daily. The dance traditions of Mexico are showcased by several dance companies.
• Concierto México Sinfónico (Mariachi México Vive y Orquesta de Cámara Tlalipac)
• Calibre 50
• Los Rieleros
• Bobby Pulido
• Marco Flores y La Jerez
• Maquinaria Norteña
• Pablo Montero
• RKM & Ken-Y
• Mariachi Reyna de Los Ángeles
• Isabel Marie
• Grupo Yndio
• LA 45
• Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers
• Los Dos Gilbertos
• La Sonora Dinamita
• Conjunto Azabache
• Stevie D
There is a Festival de Muertos (Festival of the Dead) exhibition daily, Catrinas (Grand Lady of Death) Contest and a Dia de los Muertos Parade on Friday at 8pm.
Tequila tasting and Tequila VIP Bar, mojitos, Sangria Lounge and wine bar are in the Harley-Davidson stage area, while margaritas can be found in the Sports Area.
Don’t miss the mouth watering Pan de Feria – traditional festival bread baked fresh every day by master bakers, while vendors offer Mexican and Latin American cuisine. Visit the Cultural Pavilion to see handmade crafts, folkloric dancers, music and craft workshops. More than 150 artisans from Mexico and other Latin American countries display their arts and crafts. This year's guest of Honor is the “City of Mazatlán”.
The genealogy area focuses on Batallon de San Patricio: the Irish Heroes of Mexico (a shared exhibition with Irish Fest). It highlights the Irish who had an impact on the history and culture of Mexico.
The genealogy area focuses on "Batallon de San Patricio: the Irish Heroes of Mexico"
(a shared exhibition with Irish Fest) and Traditional Mexican Cuisine – Ancestral, ongoing community culture.
Crowds gather for the fun of Mexican Fiesta’s contests – Salsa/bachata, El Grito with Mariachi, jalapeno-eating and traditional costume – as well as other exciting competitions. Fiesta custom car and motorcycle show is on Saturday, noon-6pm. On Saturday and Sunday Lucha Libre wrestling is featured. (Special appearance Sunday by WWE Hall of Fame Legend Tito Santana.) A soccer tournament, midway rides, Children’s Play Area and Children’s Stage add to the fun.
Hours are noon to midnight.
$17 at the gate, children eight years and under are FREE with adult.
SUNDAY ONLY from noon-2pm $11.
A variety of special admission promotions are available at
On Sunday, Fiesta Run & Walk promotes diabetes and obesity awareness through a fun family event.
Also Sunday, a lakefront procession at 10am is followed by Mass. Mass is free, but after Mass, promotions and gate ticket prices apply. The Flag of our Nation, Flags of Our Fathers’ Parade is held Sunday at 2pm, an effort by Mexican Fiesta, American GI Forum of Wisconsin and Wisconsin’s Latino Veterans.
Those attending Mexican Fiesta are helping to support the scholarship program, Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation (WHSF). To date, WHSF has provided more than $1,330,000 in college scholarships.
See mexicanfiesta.org for more information.