Fiesta Latina en Irvine

Saturday, September 24
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Great Park

¡Vivan las Culturas!

The City of Irvine, in partnership with the University of California, Irvine, is proud to announce Fiesta Latina en Irvine, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and honoring Hispanic American individuals and heroes who have positively influenced and enriched our nation, society, and our community.

At Great Park September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., learn about the cultures and contributions of Latin American indigenous communities and those with Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American roots through music, food, language, literature, and art. This free event is open to all ages.

Main Stage Performances

On the main Palm Court stage, enjoy music, dance, and more from performers representing the diversity of Hispanic and Latino culture.

11 a.m.


11:05 a.m.

Mariachi Alegre

11:45 a.m.

Atomic Ballroom


Welcome Remarks

12:15 p.m.

Celebracíon Parade

12:25 p.m.

Ballet Folklórico de UCI

12:50 p.m.

Cuban Conga Drumming Duo

1:15 p.m.

Las Estrellas Mexican Dance

1:40 p.m.

FACEvsIT & BarlosGotBars

2:05 p.m.

La Hora Delicia

2:30 p.m.

Irvine Outdoor Zumba

In Hangar 244, Fiesta Latina en Irvine will focus on arts and culture, with several special experiences. 

Art Exhibition

From Curator Daniel Torres, an exhibition featuring local artists honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. In Family Ties: Hispanic Heritage Celebration, a group of Hispanic and Latino artists of diverse creative disciplines who reflect on the stories of their family histories through various mediums and processes.

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

MOLAA will present an art station which will explore the concepts of color and movement in art by arranging vertical strips of colored paper on a black craft kite to produce the illusion of depth and movement on a 2D surface. The community project is inspired by the work of Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez. 

UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries: Special Collections and Archives presents three exhibits with ties to local Hispanic history and culture. 

  • Handmade Art Books Collection: A collection of artists' books dating from the 1960s to the present encompassing nearly all aspects of the genre from "normal" published works to altered, sculptural, painted, and unique books. This display of artists books will focus on works produced in Latin American countries or by Latino artists.

  • Chicano History Exhibition: An exhibition display that surveys the regional history of Chicano culture through photography and text, documenting both the origins of Chicano culture to the contemporary.

  • Agricultural Experience: An exhibition display that showcases and honors the Hispanic experience as it pertains to the agricultural history of the region.

The inaugural Fiesta Latina en Irvine event honors Hispanic Heritage Month, designated by the federal government and observed September 15-October 15. According to the official website hosted by the Library of Congress, the observance celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America."

From Hispanic to Latine

Understanding the terms associated with the cultures honored by Hispanic Heritage Month helps understand the rich history. Learn more in this article from the New York Public Library. 

Heroes: Influential Hispanic Americans

The Smithsonian Learning Lab has developed an interactive book titled Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States. Learn about famous and inspiring histories of these individuals here.

Latino History in the United States

The National Museum of the American Latino presents an online exhibition covering the history and influence of Latinos in America. View the exhibition here

Prepare for Fiesta Latina en Irvine by learning a little Spanish! 

Spanish English
Amistad Friendship 
Amor Love
Arte Art
Celebración  Celebration
Cultura Culture
Familia Family
Historia History 
Humildad Humility 
Innovación Innovation 
Integridad Integrity 
Orgullo Pride 
Pasion Passion 
Respeto Respect 
Unidad Unity
Valor Worth 
¡Vivan Las Culturas! Long Live the Cultures

Thank You to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Community Sponsors
Irvine International Academy
Merchants Landscape Services


In-Kind Sponsor
OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Irvine

The City of Irvine is committed to honoring traditional and culturally-relevant events that highlight the City’s diverse and multicultural community. Each month the City highlights cultural celebrations and religious holidays through its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spotlight. For more information about these remembrances and to learn about the City’s We Are Irvine campaign, please visit