Accelerating Culture

Fiestaval Comes Back to Calgary this Weekend

Fiestaval, the free entrance Latin American festival hosted in Calgary, is coming back July 21st to 23rd, starting at 11 am at Olympic Plaza.


Being the only free festival in the city, Fiestaval was created to reunite all people of Latin American descent.

“We wanted to fill a hole that Calgary’s culture had,” says Christian Greifenstein, one of the organizers for the event.

“We wanted to provide something free, of high-quality, and give Latin people the opportunity to gather together.”

According to Greifenstein, Fiestaval, which seeks to encourage multiculturalism among Calgarians, has evolved at every level since its creation 11 years ago, and continues to grow more and more each year.

This year alone, the festival is expecting more than 60,000 people from all over the world to attend.

“We like to show the other side of Latin America to all the people here.”

Full of entertainment, Fiestaval offers more than 10 international shows and performances, including Grammy and Juno award-winners, Oscar Lopez and Alex Cuba.

In order to offer first class entertainment, music from different parts of Latin America, such as Mexico’s Mariachi Grupo International Sol Azteca, will be performing at the festival.

“There’s no other festival that offers so much entertainment for free in all of Canada,” Greifenstein says.

For all the foodies out there, a variety of dishes from all over the world will be served during Fiestaval. Tacos, arepas, empanadas and even mini doughnuts can be found during the festival.

For those who like to drink, Fiestaval will also be hosting beer gardens with not only local and imported beer, but also award winning white and red wine sangria, margaritas and mojitos.

As the years go by, Fiestaval wants to keep growing and offer a higher quality festival for all it’s attendees.

Greifenstein expresses his immense pleasure and pride in witnessing what the festival has grown into today.

“It makes me happy to see families that have just arrived [to Calgary] so happy. To welcome them to a festival where they feel welcomed.”

With music, more than 20 authentic Latin food vendors, artisan markets and even areas for kids, Fiestaval will give attendees the opportunity to experience Latin America’s authentic culture without the $1,000 plane ticket.

For more information, visit the official website.

Photo: Mexican Folklore Dancers by Captive Camera. HYPR Magazine does not own.

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