Fiestas Patrias of Austin, is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 by Gilbert Velasquez. In the late 1970 s, Mr. Velasquez saw a need in the Mexican-American community to host the annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration. For many years the annual Diez y Seis fiesta was held at Parque Zaragosa in east Austin. This event began as  a private venture to resurrect the tradition of the celebration, but eventually we were able to receive nonprofit status to provide support to various programs for our youth and community. The goals of Fiestas Patrias of Austin, are to preserve and promote the Mexican-American culture, to provide scholarships for college bound Hispanics, and to grant funding for youth programs.

 Since 1978, Fiestas Patrias has distributed thousands of dollars back into the Austin community for youth programs, scholarships, and community projects. Over the past thirty-eight years Fiestas Patrias has provided the Austin community with over $600,000 in contributions. We look forward to a successful event in 2017.

 During the holiday season Fiestas Patrias becomes involved in the spirit of giving by sharing our success with the community. Fiestas Patrias celebrates Thanksgiving by giving the East Austin community a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Each year we serve approximately 1000 dinner plates to all who attend. This annual Thanksgiving dinner is our way of saying thanks to the community for supporting Fiestas Patrias of Austin.