Fiesta Bham is back and better than ever for its 20th year! Alabama’s largest celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage takes place, Saturday, September 24 from Noon to 8PM at Birmingham’s Linn Park. From authentic eats to thrilling Lucha Libre wrestling acts, keep reading for five reasons you should attend, then grab your tickets.
GIVEAWAY: Visit Bham Now on Facebook and enter to win one of two Fiesta boxes with FREE tickets and fun Fiesta goodies! The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 22.
1. You’ll taste delicious authentic cuisine everywhere you turn
Birmingham foodies, you’ll want to bring your appetite to this one. Whether your taste buds are ready to explore unique flavors you’ve never tried or you’re looking to stick to your favorite dishes, you definitely won’t leave hungry.
At Fiesta, you’ll enjoy the best Latin American food Birmingham has to offer with local, authentic eats from participating vendors. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find:
- Street Tacos and Mexican Treats
- Coconut drinks
- Guatemalan Tamales
- Sweet Plantains
- And much more
2. You’ll help Fiesta provide valuable scholarships
Since its inception, Fiesta has made it their goal to provide Hispanic students with scholarships to help them further their education in Alabama. In the last 19 years, Fiesta has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships to deserving Hispanic students.
“As someone who received academic scholarships while I was in college, it’s important for me to make sure other Latino students are aware of these scholarship opportunities through Fiesta. I am always touched by the stories these students share with us and how much these scholarship awards mean to them and their families.”Dulce Rivera, Co-President, Fiesta Bham 2022
For their 20th celebration, Fiesta is awarding $20,000 in scholarships to Hispanic students in Alabama communities. New this year is a $3,000 scholarship, set to be awarded to a Latina student studying in the culinary, hospitality or restaurant management fields, thanks to the Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.
At Fiesta, you can watch the scholarship awards on the Coca-Cola Bottling Main Stage. Donations to the Fiesta BHAM Scholarship Fund are encouraged at the event.
3. You’ll see (and be a part of) thrilling entertainment
Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for all kinds of fun. Fiesta has not one, but two music stages for World-renowned Hispanic entertainers and artists, including Los Norteños de Ojinaga, Adolescentes Orquesta, Los Nuevos Relampagos and more.
Now… the BIG news. This year, Fiesta is bringing back a fan-favorite event: Lucha Libre! The hair-raising wrestling extravaganza will feature The Blue Demon from Mexico, Iguana hailing from Guatemala and other famous Mexican professional wrestling acts. You don’t want to miss your chance to watch this traditional event that’s fun for adults and kids alike.
BONUS: Mi Pueblo Supermarket is hosting an exclusive meet and greet with famous Lucha Libre wrestler The Blue Demon, thanks to Coca-Cola and La Jefa. He’ll be available for photos and autographs.
4. You’ll immerse yourself in 20+ unique cultures
When you attend Fiesta, you’ll have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in over 20 different represented cultures from Hispanic countries. Through music, dance, art and food, you’ll have fun while you open your eyes to the cultural melting pot that’s right here in Birmingham.
“Fiesta is a way to celebrate not only my heritage, but that of that my neighbors around me. It’s so rewarding to learn about the different countries and services that our community has to offer as well as watching all the families have fun and enjoy themselves. Our slogan is the best way to describe it: It feels like family, Somos Familia.”Dulce Rivera, Co-President, Fiesta Bham 2022
5. You’ll learn, play and explore different Villages
Several different sponsored Villages will be set up at Fiesta Bham with arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and more to explore, including:
- Family Village
- Cultural Village
- Community Village
- Health and Wellness Village
Children’s of Alabama, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and Jefferson County Department of Health are participating at the Health and Wellness Village, where guests will have access to free health services, including FREE COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, as well as free Monkeypox and HPV vaccinations.
Pro tip: save money and buy your Fiesta BHAM tickets online in advance! Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are free.
- When: Saturday, Sept. 24 | Noon-8PM
- Where: Linn Park, 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203