What is Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival?

Iowa’s Latino Heritage Festival began in 2002 as a way to celebrate the positive influences Latinos have had on our state and local communities. This festival unites all of the Latin cultures that are present in Iowa through a celebration of arts, music, dance, food and other entertainment. It has grown to become the largest Latino festival in the state and the largest ethnic event in Iowa.

When is this year’s Festival?

Iowa Latino Heritage Festival is celebrating Virtual Festival's Hispanic heritage Month live stream on Sunday, October 4th at 2pm! Tune in and hang with us!
Live Stream: 2:00


In light of the challenges presented by COVID-19, we have made the decision to change up ILHF for the 2020 season -- with a focus on a virtual Celebration.

In 2020 the festival format might change — but the spirit is stronger than ever. Let’s celebrate together.

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Join us at https://www.facebook.com/LatinoFestIA

What if I want to go?

This Year 2020 We will see you Virtually, live stream on Sunday, October 4th at 2 pm! Tune in and hang with us!


The next year 2021 we welcome anyone to attend. Free parking is available courtesy of Nationwide in the Nationwide parking ramp at 1100 Walnut St. There is also free street parking on weekends in downtown Des Moines.

Cost is $5 for adults; $1 for children 12 and younger.

What if I want to be a vendor?

All vendors must meet specific requirements and obtain all required licenses and permits from the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals. A list of requirements is located here: http://www.latinoheritagefestival.org/vendor/


All requested items must be mailed to:
Latino Heritage Festival
4217 University Ave., Ste. 1
Des Moines, IA 50311

What if I want to be a sponsor?

That’s great! We have multiple sponsorship levels available. 

Please contact Joe Gonzalez: 515-279-0715 or 515-577-2433
or joeg@latinoheritagefestival.org

What if I want to be a volunteer?

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Latino Heritage Festival. We have a role for anyone who wants to help, whether he or she is an individual or part of a group. Volunteers help behind the scenes, set up and take down for the festival, run children’s activities, take admission tickets, serve at the beer tent, answer questions and much more.


Volunteers receive free admission, parking and a volunteer T-shirt.

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