On September 12, Ravinia celebrates Mexican Independence Day with a daylong festival of Mexican culture featuring a variety of activities throughout the park, such as mariachi performances, stand-up comedy, live lucha libre wrestling, folkloric dancing, family activities, and more!
The performances and festivities start at 2 p.m. when the park opens, leading up to the headline concert in the Pavilion beginning with Las Cafeteras, fusing Afro-Mexican rhythms and rhymes using traditional Son Jarocho instruments, and closing with Latin Grammy winning “Queen of Grupero” Ana Bárbara. All tickets include the full day of Fiesta Ravinia activities!
Note: Times and locations may be updated before the day of the event.
|2:00–5:00 pm||KidsLawn (North lawn)
|2:00–3:00 pm||Mariachi Herencia de México (Martin Theatre Plaza)
|3:00–3:45 pm||Music of the Americas Ensemble (Carousel stage)
|3:00–5:30 pm||Live Wrestling with Galli Lucha Libre (North Lawn)
|3:45–4:15 pm||Mariachi Herencia de México (Pavilion Gate Plaza)
|4:15–5:15 pm||Clinard Dance - Flamenco Quartet Project (Carousel stage)
|5:15–6:15 pm||Comedian Joey Villagomez (Lawn Bar)
|5:30–6:15 pm||Reach Teach Play Sistema Ravinia Orchestra (Santa Fe Tent)
|6:30 pm||MAIN-STAGE CONCERT (Pavilion):
Las Cafeteras and Ana Bárbara
Ravinia Market: Starting at 2 p.m., the Ravinia Market will be serving salads and chilled sides, sweets and snacks, and a full selection of beer, wine, ready-to-drink cocktails, and soft drinks. Hot food stations are open from 4 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
In the park: From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the birria taco station and a grill station with burgers, hot dogs, brats, and corn out in the park.
More options: Beverage carts, Lawn Bar patio bar and BMO Rooftop will be open from 2 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Note: Tree Top and Park View are closed for tonight's performance.
Performances and Activities
Pavilion, 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Throughout her more than two decades as a performing artist, Mexican singer-songwriter Ana Bárbara has found success in a wide variety of musical genres—from mariachi to pop, banda sinaloense to romantic ballads—with an ample spectrum of sounds that has translated into more than six million records sold. She is widely recognized as the queen of grupero by the combination of her unique vocal range and consistent originality of her attire. Her career was launched in 1993 when she was awarded the Rostro del Heraldo de México, which led to her self-titled debut album the following year. Bárbara’s song “Alma Perdida” was featured as the theme song for the final season of Mujeres asesinas in 2010, and her song “Dos Abrazos” was selected as the main theme for the 2012 movie Border Run starring Sharon Stone. Her 2013 album Yo Soy la Mujer featured her original song of the same name that became the theme song of the Telemundo telenovela Marido en alquiler that same year. Bárbara’s most recent single, “Solos” featuring Christian Nodal, has totaled more than 5.5 million streams since its release in 2018.
Pavilion, 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
In 2005, a group of students learning son jarocho music became known as Los Cafeteros, named after the Eastside Café community center they helped found. They soon changed their name to Las Cafeteras (to honor the feminine spirit of the group) and organically evolved into a professional band aimed at sharing Afro-Mexican music in their neighborhoods, developing a genre-bending sound that infuses lyrically rich storytelling with the purpose of sharing the hidden stories of migrant life in Los Angeles. Growing up in the city, the band members were inspired not only by its resident Mexican music, but also its rock, reggae, hip-hop, and Motown. Las Cafeteras brings its unique sound to life with four distinct vocalists and eclectic instrumentation, including jaranas, a quijada (donkey jawbone), a West African bass instrument, cajón, and a tarima (wooden platform) to dance zapateado. They’ve toured North America from the Hollywood Bowl to Bonnaroo to Lincoln Center playing with the likes of Café Tacuba and Caifanes, Lila Downs, Juanes, Ozomatli, Talib Kweli, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Comedian Joey Villagomez
Lawn Bar, 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Comedian Joey Villagomez, born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, has been performing stand-up comedy for 14 years. In 2007, he appeared on the three-part HBO Latino series Habla Mas in Chicago. He was part of the TBS Just For Laughs Chicago Festival in 2011 and 2012, and he appeared on Paul Rodriguez’s New Latin Kings of Comedy Tour in 2013. Over the past five years, Villagomez has headlined major clubs including The Laugh Factory Chicago and The Improv. He is currently part of the All Things Comedy Network and is featured on the Comedy Central stand-up series Bill Burr Presents: The Ringers, which premiered in January 2020.
Galli Lucha Libre
Picnic Grove, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Chicago’s Galli Lucha Libre brings you the best combination of traditional “Lucha Libre” (Mexican wrestling) and combines it with American wrestling, creating a hybrid style full of impressive acrobatic feats and riveting action. Featuring Mil Muertes, Aramiz, Arez, Aero Boy, and more!
North Lawn, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
KidsLawn: This family-friendly space on the north lawn is the perfect place to lay out a picnic and let the kids run between interactive exhibits, including large-scale percussion instruments on which they can make their own kind of music.
Clinard Dance - Flamenco Quartet Project
Carousel Stage, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Chicago’s Clinard Dance began its Flamenco Quartet Project in 2014 to engage with contemporary culture through vibrant performances that honor traditional flamenco and the artists’ shared passion for music and dance discovery. Led by dancer Wendy Clinard with violinist Steve Gibons, vocalist/guitarist Marija Temo, and vocalist/percussionist/dancer Jose Moreno, the quartet brings a range of cultural influences, from Gypsy jazz and klezmer to flamenco and classical Arabic and Spanish art forms. The unique camaraderie within the Pilsen-based group retains the intimacy and spontaneity unique to small ensemble work.
Mariachi Herencia de México
Martin Theatre Plaza, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pavilion Gate Plaza, 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
With over 54 million Latinos in the US today, the preservation of cultural traditions through the arts is critical. Mariachi Herencia de México looks to affirm, celebrate, and preserve the rich cultural heritage of mariachi music and other Mexican heritage arts through authentic concert entertainment with the highest production values. The Latin Grammy–nominated youth ensemble’s parent organization, the Mariachi Heritage Foundation, helps to meet today’s rising demand for traditional Mexican performing arts in Chicago and around the country.
Music of the Americas Ensemble
Carousel Stage, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Formed in the summer of 2016, the Chicago-based Music of the Americas Ensemble is dedicated to exploring music written by composers from across the Americas and Europe. Through audience interactions, the ensemble aims to serve Latino communities by providing an educational and musically satisfying experience. The MAE’s founding members include violist Ariel Garcia of Chicago’s La Villita and Pilsen neighborhoods, Venezuealans flutist Nicaulis Alliey and violinist Jose Angel Escalona Alvarado, and Brazilian cellist Francisco Lopez Malespin.
Ravinia's Reach Teach Play Sistema Ravinia Orchestra
Santa Fe Tent, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Ravinia’s vision of an intensive and transformational music education program, Sistema Ravinia fosters social development through exceptional music training for 3rd–8th grade students in Chicago and Lake County public schools. Inspired by the influential El Sistema model, the program provides students daily ensemble and orchestral instruction on their instruments. Sistema Ravinia’s first site was launched at Catalyst Circle Rock School, located in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, and expanded to serve several Waukegan and neighboring Lake County schools in 2015, using Ravinia’s own Bennett Gordon Hall as the program site. Furthering the festival’s connection to Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, Sistema Ravinia began a new site in the community in 2020.