30th Annual Fiesta Indianapolis: Hola, Oye, Olé!

It’s going to be a big one. The 30th annual Fiesta Indianapolis convenes this year on September 18th, this Saturday, kicking off National Hispanic Heritage Month at Indianapolis‘ spiffy gathering place in the center of the Circle City, the American Legion Mall. Hoosiers representing all the varied cultures in the United States will be there for this colorful once-a-year event, pouring in not only from Indianapolis but other nearby cities in Indiana. And the admission is 100% free to all.

Here’s a great video of the incredible all-female Salsa dance team, Damas Inspiridas, performing on the Main Stage at the 2009 Fiesta Indianapolis.


National Hispanic Heritage Month lasts from mid-September to mid-October, but Indy‘s popular Fiesta Indianapolis attempts to pack everything into its one-day kaleidoscopic festival in the people-friendly Indianapolis downtown sector.

The schedule reads like a frenetic party-goer’s dream shopping list; take a look at the brief descriptions below:

Fiesta Indianapolis – Saturday, September 18

Fiesta Indianapois – Main Stage Activities

Visitors will be treated to all imaginable styles of live Latin music, including Flamenco, Mariachi, Tango, Merengue and Salsa, the ever-popular music that will not let you stay in your seat. Many Indiana and Indianapolis music groups will be performing on the Main Stage. Indianapolis children and adults alike will be dancing in the streets during the festival’s interactive and instructive dancing games.

Another big draw to this arena is “The Fiesta Tour – Music Experience on North Street,” presented by McDonald’s. This is an exhibition of memorabilia spanning the last 50 years of famous Latin artists.

Fiesta Indianapolis – Activities for Kids and Families

Lots of fun, interactive activities are planned for this year’s fiesta. Children of all ages love the arts and crafts booths, where they get to make masks and paper flowers, and decorate maracas or even each other’s faces.

Storytelling in both Spanish and English will be presented by a group of volunteer students, and there will be lots of games to try out and other entertaining activities.

Fiesta Indianapolis – Booths

Tons of vendors will turn out to be part of this happy Indianapolis event, and lots of Indianapolis cultural organizations as well. The Health and Wellness Fair will be of interest, and various community service and Indianapolis business booths round out this section of the festival.

Fiesta Indianapolis – Food Plaza

This is one of the main reasons people from Indianapolis and its environs come to the Fiesta Indianapolis: the food. Independent vendors and those from some of the best Indianapolis restaurants will offer every conceivable interpretation of Latin-inspired cuisine, from Cuban to Tex-Mex.


Here’s a good video by the Indianapolis Fiesta’s sponsor, La Plaza, about the Hispanic culture and its future in Central Indiana. The Indianapolis Fiesta is one of the most-attended of the many great Indianapolis fairs and festivals.


Psst! If you still long for a Mexican culture infusion the next day, check out the Hispanic Heritage Fiesta at the Indianapolis Zoo on Sunday, September 19.

30th Annual Fiesta Indianapolis

Presented by La Plaza

September 18, 2010
Noon to Midnight

F – R – E – E  !!

American Legion Mall at Meridian & North Street in downtown Indianapolis