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Frida Fest

  • Lakeside Pavilion 425 Fawell Blvd Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137 United States (map)

Frida Fest

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12pm - 9pm

Lakeside Pavilion - FREE

Join us for a free, outdoor, family-friendly fiesta to kick off a year-long celebration of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and look ahead to Frida Kahlo 2020, an exhibition hosted by Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in summer 2020. This community-wide celebration will feature authentic Mexican food, music and art.


Lakeside Pavilion Park Opens featuring Mexican food vendors, artisan crafts and the José Guadalupe Posada exhibition opens at Cleve Carney Museum of Art with gallery talks in Spanish and English every hour.

1pm - 3pm
Games and Activities including Salsa Lessons, Cooking Demonstrations, Frida hair styling by Namaste, Loteria and a Community Mural.

Miss Mexican Heritage hosted by The Mexican Cultural Center of DuPage

Belushi Performance Hall | Tickets: $10 suggested donation
Miss Mexican Heritage is a scholarship program for and to help Mexican-American young ladies continue their education and become future community leaders. This event, featuring live music, presentations and folkloric dancing, is an opportunity to not only meet the young ladies, but to experience and learn about Mexican Culture.

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl

Lakeside Pavilion | Free Admission
This nationally acclaimed folk dance troupe was originally formed to preserve one of the most important aspects of Mexican culture, folkloric dance. Currently under the direction of Juan Manuel “Nery” Cruz, this 35-year-old, Aurora-based company has been hailed as “a kaleidoscope of color, shape and motion” (LA Times).

Live Mariachi Music by Mariachi Monumental de Mexico

Lakeside Pavilion | Free Admission
Since 2010, Mariachi Monumental has brought the best traditional and folkloric mariachi repertoire to Chicago and surrounding areas. Ensemble members have shared the stage with acclaimed artists including Pepe Aguilar, Alejandro Fernandez, Joan Sebastian, Jose Feliciano, Angelica Maria and Lila Downs among others. For six consecutive years, Mariachi Monumental de Mexico has been the preferred and official mariachi of the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and many Fortune 500 companies in the Chicago-land area.


Lakeside Pavilion | Free Admission
This troupe of 12 artists delivers a high-energy performance combining visual art, live music, singing, dancing and humor to convey the message that the arts are an integral and valuable part of human existence and fun! This performance will feature the live creation of paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo on stage as the company performs a mix of musical styles from pop to country in concert. At the end of the concert, the audience will have the opportunity to come on stage to view the artwork created during the show.

The exhibition José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico will be on view at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art through Sept. 13, 2019. This exhibition organized by the Catalina Island Museum in association with the Posada Art Foundation, the largest collection of Posada’s artworks privately held in the United States.

The MAC box office will be open to offer attendees the opportunity to purchase Untimed Tickets for “Frida Kahlo 2020,” the inaugural exhibition of the new Cleve Carney Museum of Art (CCMA) opening next summer and featuring 26 original artworks spanning Kahlo’s life on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum Collection. Untimed Tickets are date-specific, but offer the holder one-time admission on the date selected. Additional restrictions apply.

For more information, and updates to the schedule, please visit: or call 630.942.4000.

Funded in part by the DuPage Foundation.

Funded in part by the DuPage Foundation.

Download flyers in English and Spanish HERE: