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Fiesta Live! March 29th to April 2nd

Hello and welcome!

We know this year has been a whirlwind for all, and that many questions about the status of Frontier Fiesta is at our doorstep. As always, we are committed to creating a positive and safe experience for all attendees and student safety remains a top priority. This year, we are adhering to all CDC Guidelines and following University protocols in the planning of our programming initiatives. After many great conversations and a lot of work, the Frontier Fiesta Association is proud to announce a new and interactive week of events for all to enjoy named, Fiesta Live!

During Fiesta Live!, the entire UH community will enjoy seven unique events in five days! On Monday we will have, A Night to Remember with painting and live performances. Tuesday there will be a colorful Splash Zone with colored water spraying and protective gear. Tuesday night the Council for Cultural Activities will be hosting a Loteria Night as part of Cultural Fiesta! On Wednesday, there will be a collaboration with the Metropolitan Volunteer Program where you can paint succulent pots and bring home your own plant friends, as well as a Western Cooking Class where you can follow along live or enjoy later at your leisure. Thursday night there will be virtual game rooms with activities such as escape rooms, psychic readings and caricature art. On Friday, we will end the week with the University's first double feature Drive-In movie featuring the movies, Tenet and Soul. All events are free and open to the UH community.

On behalf of the Frontier Fiesta Board 2020-2021, we thank the entire UH community for their support as we create an event during these trying times. We thank the Frontier Fiesta Board 2019-2020 for their hard work that has not gone unnoticed. We all look forward to celebrating Fiesta Live! as we navigate through the current climate. Scroll down to see a full rundown of events and any updates!

Coog Strong, Mask On!

-The Frontier Fiesta Association 2020–2021

Apply to be on the Board for
Frontier Fiesta 2022

Want to be a part of UH’s biggest tradition? Want an opportunity to learn while getting paid? Frontier Fiesta wants to hire you! The Frontier Fiesta Board is looking to hire hard-working individuals for the 2021-2022 year. See below for all opportunities available.

  • Chair

    • Serve as the project manager, spokesperson, and administrator of the Frontier Fiesta Association
    • Provide organizational leadership, direction, and stability
    • Provide training and assistance to all board members.
  • Vice-Chair

    • Serve as the chair in the absence of their presence while monitoring the Directors
    • Provide structure and direction for the Assistant Director and volunteers of the Frontier Fiesta Association.
    • Provide training and assistance to assigned board members.
  • Director of Operations

    • Responsible for the planning, design, construction, and implementation of all physical on-site activities at Fiesta City
    • Knowledge of AUTOCAD Software
    • Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
      • designing the site map
      • site planning and development
      • “front” development and construction
      • building code and safety training/management.
      • Manage warehouse hours and Coordinate “Build Week” efforts
  • Director of Performances

    • Responsible for planning, organizing, scheduling, and implementing performances throughout Fiesta City
    • Responsibilities include will include, but are not limited to:
      • organizing auditions
      • setting 3-day performance schedules including sound checks for two stages.
      • contracting performers
      • maintaining communication with vendors to ensure proper operation of A/V equipment on-site
  • Director of Productions

    • Responsible for planning, organizing, preparing, and implementing variety shows and carnival booths
    • Responsibilities include will include, but are not limited to:
      • outreaching to Registered Student Organizations
      • reviewing applications and scripts
      • organizing meetings and award ceremonies
      • event scheduling
  • Director of Special Events

    • Responsible for planning, organizing, contracting, and implementing unique one time activities at Frontier Fiesta including amusement rides, Family Fun Day, Fiesta Royalty, and Frontier Fiesta Scholarships.
    • Responsibilities include will include, but are not limited to:
      • quoting and contracting vendors
      • outreaching for student engagement and involvement
      • organizing application reviews
      • creating new opportunities throughout the year for campus and community engagement.
  • Director of Marketing

    • Responsible for setting the marketing strategy for the event and promoting the overall and individual activities of Frontier Fiesta.
    • This includes designing murals, working with a design group to generate marketing materials, reaching out to Houston community through various mediums, and producing the Gazette.
    • Serves as the social media manager.
  • Director of Development

    • Maintain and build relationships with alumni, local businesses, professional teams and Frontier Fiesta Committeemen.
    • Responsible for acquiring sponsorships to raise the necessary external funds for scholarships and operations.
    • Manage Jail, text-to-give, and all other fund raising efforts.

COVID-19 Safety

As a board, we are making safety a top priority for our beloved UH tradition and have used these past couple of months to ensure that a form of Frontier Fiesta is still provided for our UH community. We are confident that this temporary detour from the traditional Frontier Fiesta will give students something memorable to look forward to this spring.

Thank you all for your dedication, support, and patience as we plan a safe event.

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Please visit COVID-19 Diagnosis / Symptoms for the latest information regarding COVID-19 Guidelines.


We look forward to seeing you online or in-person for our many events. Prior to attending any of the events, you will be asked to acknowledge that you are not exhibiting and of the listed symptoms as set forth by the University’s COVID-19 Guidelines and that you have not traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days.

Health Self-Screening

Attendees must assess their health prior to coming to campus by doing the following:

  • Take your temperature on the day that you come to campus prior to arrival.
  • Conduct a self-assessment of your health/infection exposure on the day of any visit to campus and ask yourself, “Am I exhibiting any new symptoms (see below) related to COVID-19 that are not due to a pre-existing medical condition or a diagnosis of a medical condition unrelated to COVID-19?” Symptoms include:
    • Fever (temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees) or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

If you have a fever or any of the above new symptoms and those symptoms are not related to a pre-existing medical condition or a diagnosis other than COVID-19, you may NOT come to the University of Houston campus or any University of Houston facility unless you are coming to campus to be tested for COVID-19 at the Lone Star Circle of Care testing site.


All events for Fiesta Live 2021 have concluded please check back this fall for information about Frontier Fiesta 2021.

Watch A Night to Remember Performances

Events Pass

To help with a smooth check-in process, starting on March 25th, you can download your event pass on Get Involved.

Steps to Download Event Pass:

  1. Log on to Get Involved
  2. Click your initial or picture in the top right and click “Event Pass”
  3. Save the pass to your phone wallet or screenshot
  4. Show at the event to check-in

*Required for ALL in-person events - Event Pass will be available starting March 25th

Meet the Performers

  • Deniz Love

    Hailing from the hustling music hub of Houston, TX, Deniz Love's track to becoming a professional soccer player was cut short by a career-ending injury that saw him turn to music for fulfillment.

  • The Contenders

    This alternative Hip Hop/RnB/Funk group is making waves around Houston captivating one audience after another with its hypnotizing sound.

  • DJ Tobego

    New Dj and current Director of Special Events for Fiesta. Winner of Homecoming DJ Battle.

  • Simbo Suave

    Simbo Suave is a genre-crossing artist with over 300k YouTube views. The singer-songwriter/rapper has been making music since he was formerly part of the UK-based music collective CXCV.

  • Melissa Leslie

    My interests and passions apart from music include cooking, dance, photography, and mental health. You can find music, recipes, and more on my YouTube Channel: Lifestyle Bee, and Instagram page @meli_leslie.

  • Kemmye

    Kemmye is an r&b/pop singer-songwriter based in Houston, Texas. With many videos on YouTube, Kemmye is a singer to keep an eye on for sounds that are perfect for relaxing.

To find out more on these artists please click here:

Socials & Materials

Volunteer Opportunities at Fiesta Live!

Fiesta Live! Will be accepting volunteers to help keep our events safe and ensure social distancing during events. T-shirts and safety gear will be provided.

Check out the events and fill out the form below to get started:

For more information contact Nick Schmutz.

A Night to Remember

A relaxed, paint-along mini-concert in Lynn Eusan Park Monday, March 29th, 7-10 pm. Attendees will enjoy a socially distanced concert with candle lights, performances, and free snacks and refreshments all from their own blankets. Blankets will be set up 6ft apart to ensure compliance with COVID guidelines. Volunteers needed to help facilitate seating, distribute painting items, and enforce event rules.

Volunteer Form

Splash Zone

A distanced water fight game in Lynn Eusan Park Tuesday, March 30th, 10-12 pm. Players will use water shooters and compete with their friends in our Splash Zone battleground, decorated with obstacles and hiding spots to make the game more exciting. Participants will wear disposable suits and face coverings to prevent damage to their actual clothing and comply with COVID guidelines. All participants will also be entered into a giveaway for big prizes. Volunteers needed to aid sign-in area, distribute disposable suits, and enforce event rules.

Volunteer Form


The first ever double feature drive-in on the UH campus. Volunteers will help with the check-in process as well as running concessions such as popcorn distribution. In addition, volunteers will help monitor groups during the movie to ensure safety to all attendees by enforcing social distancing guidelines.

Volunteer Form

volunteers at frontier fiesta

Fiesta Scholarship

In the 1940s an incredible event began at the University of Houston. Students, campus organizations, and community businesses gathered their expertise and talents to build an event that attracted as many as 100,000 people to the UH campus.

Over seventy years after the festival began, the University of Houston continues to invite the community to join in the celebration. Frontier Fiesta showcases everything that makes the University of Houston important to Texans — talented and diverse students, dedicated, world-renowned faculty, and support for higher education in Texas.

Each year, the Frontier Fiesta Association rewards multiple $1000 scholarships to hard-working students who embrace what it means to be a coog. This year is no different! We have received so many qualified applicants and will be awarding the scholarship recipients during the week of Fiesta Live!

For more information, please contact Tobechi Dimkpa.

Variety Show

Thank you to the teams that signed up to participate. This year's variety show has been canceled in order to ensure a high-quality variety show experience and ensure the safety of the staff and participants. We look forward to returning to the regularly scheduled program next year!

For more information please contact Victoria Lopez.

variety show

variety show

Fiesta Royalty

Thank you to everyone who applied to run for Fiesta Royalty this year. This year’s Royalty has been postponed due to the impact of COVID-19. We are looking forward to resuming the Royalty tradition during the 2022 Fiesta.

For more information, please contact Tobechi Dimkpa.


Looking for the cook-off?

Due to COVID-19, the cook-off has been postponed until it can make a safe return next year. Please consider checking the event schedule and coming to another on-campus event or taking Alex’s cooking class from the comfort of your own home.

Meet the Board


What is Fiesta Live?

A weeklong series of in-person and virtual events free of charge and open to all UH students, Alumni, and the UH community.

Where can I download the Event Pass?

Log on to Get Involved through the Access UH portal. Then simply click your name or picture and select Event Pass.

Is it Free?

Yes, the events are free to all members of UH community.

Do I need to wear a Mask?

Masks are required to be worn at all times during all events unless you 1) have already been seated and, 2) are actively eating or drinking. Warnings will be given out to those who don’t follow the guidelines, and repeat offenders will be asked to leave the event.