Mexico Fest is a series of events in Vancouver including the free Fiesta Mexicana festival in early September that celebrate Mexico’s independence.
NOTE: Fiesta Mexicana will not be happening as it used to (up until 2016). In its place, in both 2017 and 2018, there was a free Mexican Market at Robson Square. The last year the market happened, in 2018, it was on Saturday, September 15th. Click Market Mexico for details.
As far as we know, there was no similar event taking place in 2019 (although we could be wrong). Whether the event ever happens again is to be determined.
In past years the 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.
The Fiesta Mexicana was just one of several events that make up Mexico Fest which began in 2008 and now includes a Latin film festival, art exhibits, concerts and other events in Vancouver as well as in Victoria on Vancouver Island between August and September.
In 2016 the Fiesta Mexicana took place on Sunday, September 4, from noon until about 6 pm.
Fiesta at the Roundhouse
Fiesta Mexicana has been a free family-friendly Mexican festival taking place on the Sunday afternoon of the September Labour Day Long Weekend at the Roundhouse Community Centre from noon until around 6:00 pm. 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. 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 the Fiesta Mexicana 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 was a nice little festival to attend. You could expect to see lots of Mexicans and people speaking Spanish, including some wearing traditional Mexican clothes (as well as Mexican luchador wrestling outfits). Also there has been lots of lively Latin music and tasty smells.
Also, again, in 2017 instead of the Fiesta Mexicana event there will be the Mexican Market at Robson Square on September 16th. Click Market Mexico for Details.
Viva Mexico en Vancouver!