Latin Heritage Month is here. Here’s how you can celebrate in Iowa.


Thursday marked the start of Latin Heritage Month, which seeks to recognize the history, culture, and contributions of Latinos to the United States. The month-long celebration runs until October 15.

From festivals to parades, there are many ways to celebrate Latino Heritage Month across Iowa. Check the list below to find an event near you.

Celebrando Siouxland Festival

DATE — Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

LOCATION — Jeffrey Dible Soccer Complex, 1280 Riverview Dr. South Sioux City, Nebraska

ON – The Celebrando Siouxland Festival is a three-day event that kicked off on September 15, the first day of Latino Heritage Month, with much of its festivities taking place on September 17. Organized by the Sioux City-based nonprofit unit, the Saturday event kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. A festival will follow from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, visit the Unity In Action website at

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¡Fiesta! orange city

DATE – Sept. 17, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION – Orange City Public Library, 112 Albany Ave. SE, Orange City

ON – The Orange City Public Library is hosting a two-hour event with food and games to celebrate Latino Heritage Month. Registration is not compulsory.

Garden Festival at Central Gardens

DATE – Sept. 18, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

LOCATION – Central Gardens of North Iowa, 800 2nd Ave. N., Clear Lake

ON – Garden festival-goers won’t want to miss a Mexican folk art exhibit on the Tree of Life, which will be on display inside the Central Gardens Nature Education Pavilion. The event will also feature dishes from various vendors, a salsa recipe competition and a live performance by Mariachi de Colores.

For more information, visit the Central Gardens website at

Cedar Rapids Latin Festival

DATE – Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

LOCATION – McGrath Amphitheater, 475 First Street SW, Cedar Rapids

ON – Those in the mood for Latin American music and cultural dance performances might want to attend the 11th Annual Cedar Rapids Latino Festival. Cumbia band La Sonara Dinamita will headline the free family event, followed by a performance by folk dance troupe Ballet Folklórico Quetzalcoatl. Activities and food will be available.

Visit for more information.

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Dancers perform at the Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines in 2018.

Mexican Independence Day Parade and Celebration – Quad Cities

DATE – Sept. 18, noon to 9:30 p.m.

LOCATION – Runners Park, 742 15th Ave, East Moline, IL

ON – The 13th Annual Mexican Independence Day Parade and Festival will return to Runners Park in East Moline. Organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens Council #5285, the event kicks off with a parade at noon followed by a celebration filled with live music in the parking lot of the park.

More information on the town hall website at

Iowa Latin Heritage Festival

DATE – Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

LOCATION – Western Gateway Park, 1205 Locust St., Des Moines

ON – The 2022 Iowa Latin Heritage Festival: A Taste of Latin America is a two-day festival that features an array of live music and cultural dance performances from local and traveling acts such as troupes Quad Cities Ballet Folklórico and Estrellas de Jalisco from Sioux City, Nebraska.

For the full range, visit

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Clive’s Latino Festival

DATE – Sept. 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION – Linnan Park, 8500 Alice Ave, Clive

ON – The Clive Public Library and the Clive Historical Society have partnered to host the Clive Latino Festival in Linnan Park. The event includes food, arts and crafts, dancing and sports activities. Pro Iowa will give away free soccer balls to the first 150 kids.

Visit for more information.

Dubuque Latinx Fiesta

DATE – Oct. 1, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION – Chimney, 62 E 7th St., Dubuque

ON – The Dubuque Latinx Fiesta is a two-part event featuring food, music, dancers and community resources. All are invited to attend the first part of the event, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The second half of the evening – which turns into Latin Night at Smokestack – is restricted to those aged 21 and over.

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Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception

DATE – Oct. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

LOCATION – Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

ON – The Iowa Latin American Affairs Commission will induct six individuals into the Latin American Hall of Fame. For those unable to attend the event in person, the ceremony will be streamed live via the commission Facebook page.

Latino Voices Together Gala

DATE – Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

LOCATION – The Glass Box, 220 SE Sixth St., Des Moines

ON – The second annual Latino Voices Together Gala, a social gathering hosted by the Latino Political Network, will be held at The Glass Box. This year’s guest speaker is Marco Davis, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Ticket prices range from $30 to $250, but admission is free for students.

For more details, visit the Latino Political Network at

The Inaugural Iowa Latino Gala

DATE – Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

LOCATION – Des Moines Heritage Center, 120 E. Fifth St., Des Moines

ON – The Coalition of Latino Service Providers, the Hola Center and the Latin American Affairs Commission of Iowa will host their first Iowa Latino Gala. The event is two-fold: it’s a fundraiser to help support the Hola Center, a Des Moines nonprofit that serves Latinos, and a celebration of Latin American cultures and communities. Ticket prices range from $75 to $1,200.

For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights Office of Latin Affairs at

F. Amanda Tugade covers social justice issues for the Des Moines Register. Email him at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @writefelissa.


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