Festival de La Villita
Chicago, Illinois, USA
The largest and most important Mexican celebration in the Midwest takes place the weekend of September 13th in the heart of Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Celebrating its 21st Anniversary in 2010, Festival de La Villita (Little Village Festival) is a grand community gala that officially commemorates Mexico's independence from Spanish rule (or ”Dia de la Independencia”). Unofficially, it celebrates the rich traditions of the Latino family.
Festival de La Villita offers something for every family member from entertainment and games for kids and adults of all ages to live regional and traditional music, a wellness/health lifestyle area, a dance pavilion and a senior’s tent. More than 200 vendors offer a wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise along with authentic cuisine and drink. Top name local, regional and international musical acts perform both days. In addition, popular soap opera stars and TV/radio celebrities make appearances which further build event excitement with the crowds.
On Sunday, Festival de La Villita becomes the end destination for the second largest parade in Chicago, the 26th Street Parade, which literally funnels into the festival and brings thousands more to this celebration of Hispanic culture.
Little Village, 26th and Kostner Times
Friday, 6P-11P; Saturday 3P-11P; Sunday 12N-11PAdmission & Parking