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Fiesta Mexicana in Vancouver

Mexican Fiesta Mariachis

Fiesta Mexicana is a free event celebrating Mexico’s independence at Vancouver’s Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown on September 15th in 2022.

The event hasn’t happened for a few years because of COVID-19. It used to take place at the Roundhouse several years ago, but then it moved to Robson Square in the form of Market Mexico (in 2017 and 2018). Hosted by Communidad Mexicana en Vancouver, the event is back again in its previous format at the Roundhouse this year.

Also happening in September of 2022 is the Mexico Independence Day Boat Party with Vancouver Boat Parties. The party cruise happens the day after the Fiesta Mexicana event, on Friday, September 16th.


Vancouver Mexico Independence Day Boat Party


Fiesta Mexicana at the Roundhouse

In 2022 Mexico celebrates the 212th anniversary of its independence from Spain on September 16th. In past years, to celebrate the occasion, Fiesta Mexicana has been a free one-day event at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown that included Mariachi music, Mexican foods, Lucha Libre wrestling and other Mexican cultural activities. It’s back again on Thursday, September 15th.

Fiesta Mexicana was just one of several events that used to make up Mexico Fest which began in 2008 and developed to include everything from a Latin film festival to art exhibits, concerts and other events in Vancouver as well as in Victoria on Vancouver Island between August and September.

Mexico Fest took place as Market Mexico at Robson Square for a couple of years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The celebrations of Mexican Independence Day happen as Fiesta Mexicana, at the Roundhouse, once again in 2022.


Circo Osorio Circus



Circo Osorio is a Las Vegas-based circus that was founded by a Mexican family. It visits the Lower Mainland between September 8th and October 17th in 2022. It’s a fun circus and very affordable. Up to two children get in for free per paying adult! See our article about Circo Osorio to learn more.


Fiesta at the Roundhouse in 2022

Fiesta Mexicana takes place at the Roundhouse Community Centre from 2:00 until 9:00 pm in 2022. The venue’s address is at 181 Roundhouse Mews in Yaletown.


Fiesta Mexicana Activities

In past years activities took place in three different areas at the Roundhouse during the Fiesta Mexicana all afternoon.

The schedule of events in 2022 was still to be determined as of the last time we checked. To give you an idea of what to expect, highlights of the event in 2016 included the following live performances:

  • 12:00 pm – Live music by the Mariachi Estrellas de Mexico.
  • 12:45 pm – Lucha Libre wrestling.
  • 2:00 pm – Dancing by Grupo America.
  • 2:30 pm – Lucha Libre wrestling.
  • 3:30 pm – Live music with Gustavo Herrera and the Latin Sound Band.
  • 3:45 pm – Lucha Libre wrestling.
  • 5:00 pm – Live music by the Mariachi Estrellas de Mexico.

At Fiesta Mexicana in past years there has also been Mexican food for sale, children’s activities and a small vendor market.

If you are Mexican or just like Mexican culture and Mexican food and music, this is a nice little festival to attend. You can expect to see lots of Mexicans and people speaking Spanish, including some wearing traditional Mexican clothes (as well as sometimes even Mexican luchador wrestling outfits). Also there is also lots of lively Latin music and tasty smells.


Grupo America at Carnaval del Sol
Grupo America Dancers


Other Information

For more information about the event at the Roundhouse, see the Fiesta Mexicana Facebook page.

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