Mexican Fiesta is one of those Milwaukee summer ethnic festivals that’s just a lot of fun – steeped in fascinating culture and delicious food. It takes place Aug. 26-28, and is one of the last major lakefront festivals of the season.
The atmosphere is laid back, the cuisine is excellent and it’s a chance to learn about the proud Mexican heritage while basking in that end-of-the-hot-summer glow.
Take in traditional dancing, salsa, mariachi and meringue music as well as exhibits.
Mexican Fiesta sprung from humble roots as a Walker’s Point neighborhood street festival in the late ’70s, but more recently, the group’s organizers, the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, have evolved the Fiesta into a full-blown fiesta.
Where: Henry Maier Festival Park.
Hours: Noon-midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Admission: 9 and up $15; children 8 and younger are free with an adult.
Highlights: The cultural pavilion offers mariachi music, a tequila tasting, jalapeño eating contest, Aztec ceremony, traditional Mexican food and more.
For more information: visit mexicanfiesta.org.