Fiesta Mexicana

September 15 & 16. 2017


Para celebrar nuestro 47 aniversario y por el éxito de años anteriores, estaremos en un lugar mas grande. Este año celebraremos la Fiesta Mexicana en el Heartside Park y el Downtown Market de la ciudad de Grand Rapids.

To celebrate our 47th anniversary and for the success of previous years, we will be in a bigger place. This year we will celebrate the Mexican Fiesta at Heartside Park and Downtown Market in the city of Grand Rapids.


Mexican Heritage Association

In 1969, a group of Mexican women had the vision of sharing their cultural heritage with the community at large. They installed a display at the Grand Rapids Public Museum that was representative of the Mexican Independence Day celebration. Among them was Mrs. Maurila Blakely Ortiz, who was often involved as an organizer with the traditional kermess that evolved to become today’s Fiesta Mexicana.

Her restless efforts to keep our heritage alive with dignity allows us to harvest the fruits of people like her who invested their time and energy to guarantee a brighter future for generations to come. Thanks to Mrs. Blakely Ortiz and the many that have planted the seed for the past 40 years, we can see beyond the struggle for validating the richness of our culture in the mainstream mindset.

Nowadays, we set our gaze at a more ambitious vision. One that attempts to emulate social change, wellness, and unity for all through learning from other cultures while sharing our Mexican Heritage. Like this, we pay tribute to the founders who have passed away. We celebrate the life and achievements of Mrs. Maurilia Blakely and we dedicate our efforts to the ones who will inevitably take our place tomorrow.

Our Mission

The mission of the Mexican Heritage Association is to raise awareness of the history, art, culture, gastronomy and music of Mexico in our Community, and to promote the welfare and well being of all residents within the Hispanic Community of metropolitan Grand Rapids, helping ensure the opportunity to pursue a more satisfactory way of life.

Fiesta Mexicana

Is one of the largest and oldest ethnic festivals in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fiesta Mexicana celebrates the Mexican community of Grand Rapids; The largest Hispanic ethnic group in West Michigan! Fiesta Mexicana has been a staple in the community for over 45 years and we don’t plan to stop any time soon! This year we will converge on Heartside Park & Downtown Market Grand Rapids to celebrate our heritage across two days through the power of music, dance, art, and food!

Folk Dances

Folk Dances

Musical Presentations

Musical Presentations


Mexican Gastronomy

"Let us celebrate together the privilege of knowing the Mexican culture".

Viva México!

One of the largest and oldest ethnic festivals in Grand Rapids, this year’s event celebrates the 48th year for the festival, which is put on by the Mexican Heritage Association.

“Fiesta Mexicana" is such a vibrant community celebration and the type of event that makes Grand Rapids a great place to live.


• Live Music

• Authentic Cuisines

• Traditional Dance Performances

• Interactive Zumba Courses

• DJs

• Vendor and Artist Merchandise

• Prize Giveaways

• Best Salsa contest (area restaurants)

•Beer Tents

• Fun and Exciting sponsors

• And more to come!

Mexican Heritage Association, Attention: Jorge Gonzalez, 40 pearl Street NW• Suite 200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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