Did you know you could travel through 20 countries in one day? With Fiesta Birmingham, you’ll get the chance to explore the incredible cultures of dozens of Hispanic countries all without leaving our city. Grab your ticket, and don’t miss the chance to participate in the food, crafts, culture and family fun of Fiesta on Saturday, September 25.
Details on the Event
Fiesta is Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage. Their annual festival is returning during Hispanic Heritage Month with an in-person celebration on September 25, 2021. This is the festival’s 19th year and the celebration’s 2021 theme is “A Pura Vida” (Full Life).
The goal behind the event is to educate the community on the unique Hispanic countries and their cultures. This is a chance to celebrate the multiculturalism of our city and for our Latin American citizens to share their stories.
Now, onto the top three reasons to attend Fiesta Birmingham.
1. Explore the villages
During the event, 20 different countries will be represented, providing you with the amazing chance to experience the best of Hispanic music, art and cuisine from each. There will be a variety of activities to take part in, including storytelling, wrestling exhibitions, cultural education, soccer and dancing.
Those who attend can enjoy exploring different sponsored “villages” to learn more. Some include:
- The City of Birmingham Cultural Village
- Regions Bank Community Village
- Children’s of Alabama, Jefferson County Department of Health and Wellness Village
- Alabama Power Family Village
- Michelob Ultra and Michelob Organic Seltzer Multi-Cultural Food Village
Make sure to stop by the Alabama Power Family Village for some can’t-miss, family-fun:
- Arts and Crafts
- Face Painting
- Balloon Art
- Appearance by Vulcan and Vespa,
- Babe and Millie Ruth mascot appearance
- Special presentations from the Legion and The World Games.
Head to the Health and Wellness Village to take advantage of their free health services. This includes a free COVID-19 vaccine at the Jefferson County Department of Health’s (JCDH) vaccination site for any guests who want to receive it. Specific COVID-19 protocols will also be in place to protect everyone participating in the event.
2. Taste authentic eats
Taste the most authentic Latin cuisine in Birmingham, created by resident Hispanic chefs. The food of Latin America has so much more to offer than just the standard tacos you may be used to. Try something new with tasty native dishes like barbacoa, ceviche and empanadas.
Here’s the lineup of local vendors:
- Iglesia La Luz del Mundo
- La Autentica
- Mi Pueblo Supermarket
- Pupuseria Lupita
- El Taquerito Taco Truck/ Taqueria Los Primos
- Chilitos Bham
- Raspados Homewood
- Cuban Latin Grill
- Taqueria Las Garza’s
- Taqueria Mexico
- La Quetzal
3. Dance along to the music
Wear your comfy shoes because you won’t be able to help yourself from dancing at this festival. Fiesta’s extensive lineup of artists and performers will bring a wide variety of Latin music to Linn Park. We got a sneak peek at some of this year’s artists including Los Rojos, Sonora Dinamita and Rafael.
These talented Latin American entertainers will be performing live from one of two music stages, including the festival’s Coca-Cola Main Stage.
History of Fiesta
In 2001, the members of the Hispanic Business Council (HBC) of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce began plans to develop an annual Hispanic festival in Downtown Birmingham. With the already diverse makeup of the council and the knowledge that the Hispanic population was growing rapidly in Alabama, they felt it would be the perfect way to showcase the best their countries have to offer.
In 2002, Fiesta, Inc., was created as a not-for-profit organization whose board of directors would begin hosting the annual Fiesta event with the help of community volunteers.
One of Fiesta’s major goals as a festival is to provide Alabama Hispanic students with scholarships to help them further their education. In the last 18 years, Fiesta has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships to Hispanic students through the Arte Latino Scholarship and the Logros Latino Scholarships.
You can donate to the scholarship fund at the event and help support a child’s education.