Festival de La Villita (aka Fiestas Patrias)

Dates: September 8-10, 2017
Location: Little Village
Hours: Friday: 5PM-10PM; Saturday 12N-10PM; Sunday 12N-11PM
Attendance: 100,000
Demographics: 100% Latino Families
Beneficiary: Little Village Chamber of Commerce
Admission: Free
Annual: 22nd Annual


The biggest and most important Mexican celebration in the Midwest takes place on the second weekend of September in the heart of Chicago's Little Village. The 22nd Annual Festival de La Villita officially celebrates Mexican Independence from Spanish rule, "Dia de la Independencia", and un-officially celebrates the Latino family.

Festival de La Villita offers something for every family member from entertainment and games for kids, national top name entertainment for teens and adults, and a senior's tent. More than 200 vendors offer a wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise along with authentic food and drink. National top name musical acts headline both nights, augmented by some of the region's most popular acts. Soap Opera stars, TV and radio celebrities make appearances, and greet the crowd.

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, bringing hundreds and thousands of its spectators.

In 2016, BizBAsh named Festival La Villita as one of the Top 100 Events in Chicago.