It’s coming soon, so get ready to grab your Fiesta Week Passport and tour the world without leaving Oshawa! If you’re new to the city (or have never celebrated Fiesta Week before, here’s everything you need to know!
What it is Fiesta Week is is a week long cultural celebration organized by the Oshawa Folk Arts Council. For the last 45 years, the OFAC, a non-profit organization that aids in sustaining and celebrating the cultural diversity and multicultural communities of Oshawa, has brought together over 13 local non-profit cultural groups (Pavilions) for a family celebration across Oshawa that kicks off with an annual parade on Father’s Day.
How it works Buy a Fiesta Week Passport at any of the participating pavilions for $10 per adult ($5 for seniors) and $5 per youth (under 13s are free!) Once you have your passport, it becomes your entry ticket to all of the pavilions. But take some cash when you head out, because food and drink at each pavilion is extra.
Food Leave the sandwiches at home, because at lunch many of the pavilions, including Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, African, Italian, Filipino, Caribbean and French Canadian, open their doors to the hungry masses and offer plates of regional specialities at a reasonable price, and many are open for lunch, too! Check out the 2019 list of pavilions to find times and locations.
Shows Most pavilions offer lively music and dance shows several times a day, and entrance is free with your Fiesta Passport.
Parties There’s a reason many pavilions are open till the wee hours on Friday and Saturday – Fiesta Week is all about having fun! But check which pavilions are open late before you head out: some close early, while others will stay open into the evening.