Milwaukee: The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) is hosting its 40th annual Mexican festival and expo, August 23 – 25, 2013. Since 1973, Mexican Fiesta has been bringing the sound, culture, and taste of México and Latin American countries to Milwaukee’s lakefront, at the Summerfest grounds.
Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share the beauty of Latin Countries’ history, art, music, and food. Mexican Fiesta will be hosting a Tequila Tasting the three days of the festivals, directly from the State of Jalisco, Mexico. The Tequila Tasting will take place on the Tequila Pavilion, Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday from 2:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.; separate admission is required.
The Cultural Pavilion will display an exhibition of the Mexican arts & crafts from more than 100 artisans coming directly from different states of México. Also, crafts, folkloric dances, music, and craft workshops. You can enjoy traditional freshly baked bread—Pan de Feria—by master baker Carlos Roldán from the State of Hidalgo, México.
Mexican Fiesta will feature Mariachi, folklore dancers, and variety of colorful entertainment such as: Sounds and Movements of México; Pok-Ta-Pok: Ballgame of the Ancient Maya - presented by René Avila, Academy of Mexican Dance and Music, Danzoneros por Siempre AC Academy, and Ballet Foklorico Nuestro Mexico.
This year the WHSF and Mexican Fiesta will have an exhibition of “La Catrina - Who is this lady? Where did she come from?” a Mexican symbol of Day of the Dead [Día de los Muertos].
As a tradition, we will count with the presence of Our Lady of Zapopan, coming directly from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The sanctuary, honoring Our Lady of Zapopan, will be open for the three days of the festival from noon to midnight. Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. On Sunday, there will be a lakefront procession at 10:15 a.m., followed by Mass, with principal celebrant Mons. Silvio José Baéz Ortega, O.C.D, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Nicaragua.
Mexican Fiesta features music such as: banda, ranchero, norteño, salsa, bachata , and cumbia, with live performances that include: Paquita La de Barrio, El Chapo de Sinaloa, Toby Love, Banda Machos, Emilio Navaira, Los Sementales de Nuevo León, Alejandra Orozco, Latin Breed, Los Desperadoz, Mariachi Joya de Mexico, and Villalobos Brothers.
Do not miss the opportunity to see the Latin masked superstars of Lucha Libre - Wrestling show, located at the North side of the Cultural Pavilion. Plenty of different activities will be hosted for the entire family—Soccer Tournaments, Contests, Midway Rides, Children’s Area & Stage, Rock en Español Stage, Commercial Expo, Community & Health Fair Pavilion, Hotwheelz 2013 - Car & Motorcycle show, Art Gallery, Science Expo, Genealogy Exhibit y más!
The WHSF provides a cultural and educational environment to enhance and improve academic success of the Hispanic Community, while promoting a better understanding of the arts, history, literature and the perpetuation of Hispanic culture. To date, WHSF has provided over $1,000,000 in college scholarships.
For more information contact the Mexican Fiesta office at 414-383-7066. The festival's program is subject to change without prior notice.