Frida Fest!

FREE | Lakeside Pavilion

Sunday, Sept. 8, 12-9p

Show Details

Entertainment Begins at 12p!
Headliner: Artrageous! at 7p

Featuring entertainment by Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Mariachi Monumental de México and headliner ARTRAGEOUS! Enjoy live music, live visual art, live dance, authentic Mexican food vendors and more in our kick-off to our yearlong celebration of Frida Kahlo leading up to the Frida Kahlo 2020 Exhibition coming to the Cleve Carney Art Gallery in Summer of 2020! A celebration perfect for the whole family! The celebration is outdoors from 12p to 9p and admission is free!

Featured Entertainment:

12 noon
Lakeside Pavilion park area, featuring Mexican food vendors and skilled craft artisans opens.

Activities (salsa lessons, cooking demos, hair braiding, loteria) begin.

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 artistsdelivers 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 ofpaintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo on stage as the company performs a mix of musical styles from pop to countryin 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.


All Day (noon-6p)
Cleve Carney Art Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator Justin Witte will be offering free tours of the current exhibition of José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico. José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) was a Mexican political printmaker and engraver whose work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists. His work, often featuring skulls and bones,captured all aspects of daily life in Mexico City from 1889-1913 and inspired artists including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, among others. Now, more than 100 years later, he continues to impact countless artists creating today’s social movement imagery. This exhibition runs in the gallery through Sept. 13 and was curated and organized by Lee Cohen and Lois Sarkisian in association with Landau Traveling Exhibitions. Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

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 Art Museum 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. Ticket Price: $35.Timed Tickets go on sale at a later date to be announced. To receive the most up to date ticketing information, sign up for the Frida Kahlo 2020 mailing list at


Funded in part by DuPage Foundation:

Download flyers in English and Spanish HERE

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