2018 Hispanic Heritage Festival

           *Has been cancelled due to forecasted rain* 

                                             September 15, 2018

     Fiestas Patrias of Austin, Tx. welcomes you to our web site for the 40th Annual Mexican Independence Fiesta. We hope this site gives you the information you need to come out and enjoy an evening or the day with us at Fiesta Gardens as we celebrate Mexico's Independence from Spain.
     We look forward to your visit and participation. This year's 40th Annual Mexican Independence Fiesta will take place on September 15, 2018 at Fiesta Gardens Park.

     Fiestas Patrias of Austin is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Hispanic culture through festivals by showcasing the music, song and dance to the community of Austin since 1978.  
     This celebration will bring the Hispanic community together to celebrate the rich history, heritage, and culture of their Mexican ancestors who fought and sacrificed their lives to seek independence from the Spanish government during the early 1800’s. The determination to succeed in seeking liberty, and correcting social injustices imposed by the Spaniards inspired Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla to proceed and execute his plans for revolution on September 15, 1810 with El Grito de Independencia or Call for Freedom.
     This one-day event will feature a variety of Tejano and Conjunto bands under the Johnny Degollado pavilion. These bands that will bring the extraordinary sound of the accordion to life through various levels of rhythms and beats so that may find yourself dancing to cumbias, boleros, rancheras, and many other dance styles that are popular with the performing bands. The unique sound of these various musical groups using different types of musical instruments along with vocal harmony of lead and backup singers brings the heart, soul and culture of Mexico and Texas to life on the stage at Fiesta Gardens.
    Also performing is Ballet Folklorico Mari Cruz dancers from the Austin area with their colorful dance outfits performing a variety of Mexican dances originating from various regions of Mexico. Mariachi Los Lobos will also fill the pavilion with traditional music.
   Along with the tradition festival food fare of hamburgers, Bar-B-Que brisket, hot spicy chicken wings, turkey legs, corn on the cob and other delights, there will also be many food booths specializing in festive foods and many different culinary delights from the Mexican and Mexican-American cultures. Food specialties like gorditas which are made from cornmeal, fried and then stuffed with fajitas, chicken, chicharones, beans and then topped with vegetables makes this unique delicacy a must try meal experience. Various tacos made with flour or corn tortillas and then topped with salsas of varying heat temperatures and other condiments will make your mouth water and have you craving for more.
    Fiesta Gardens is located at 1901 Jesse Segovia St. Coming south on I H 35 take the Cesar Chavez exit. Take a left on Cesar Chavez St. to Chicon St. and head south to Fiesta Gardens Park. Coming North on IH 35 take the Cesar Chavez exit and take a right. Continue east to Chicon St. Take a right on Chicon St. and head south to Fiesta Gardens Park.  For further information about this event visit our website at www.diezyseis.org
   Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes. No pets allowed except for service animals. Bicycle parking at your own risk is available inside the park fence line.
     If you need to contact us e-mail Julius Velasquez at julius@diezyseis.org  for booth and vendor information. 
    More information to come. Posting more information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FiestasPatriasofAustin/