Hispanic Heritage Month

Phoenix Area Programs, Films and Events Celebrating Hispanic Culture

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••• Entertainment at the Rockin' Taco Street Fest. Photo Courtesy El Palacio in Chandler

Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the economic, cultural, and social contributions of the more than 50 million Latinos residing in the United States. In Arizona, about 30% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

September 15 is the anniversary of Independence Day for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Two other countries, Mexico and Chile, declared their independence on September 16 and 18, respectively.

Greater Phoenix Community Events Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Looking for El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) activities and events? Those are usually later in the month or in early November. When Hispanic Heritage Month is over, you can still participate in Day of the Dead traditions.

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Fiesta de Septiembre
The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual Fiesta de Septiembre to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. The event takes place in Historic downtown Wickenburg. Events scheduled during the Fiesta include Mariachi groups, folklorico dancers, latin Bands, salsa, guacamole and margarita contests, outdoor Mercado, food and beverage cantina, historic photo exhibits and crafts booths, and a food fair. $5 admission for adults, children admitted free.

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Los D-backs Fiesta
Live music, a beer garden, food, and family entertainment. Free admission. Outside Chase Field, Phoenix.

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El Palacio's Rockin' Taco Street Fest
A celebration of family, tradition and Mexican cuisine. All ages. Features a salsa competition, live entertainment, a taco eating competition, car show, ballet folklorico dancing, niños play zone and a piñata party.

Tickets available online for both General Admission and VIP (21+ only). Check for veterans' discount for General Admission. Children 12 years old and under will be admitted for free with a paid adult. Downtown Chandler.

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Banda La Arrolladora
Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. 
Performing at Celebrity Theatre, PhoenixMap.

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Brazilian Day Arizona
Brazilian Independence Day celebration, Brazilian Day Arizona is a family-friendly event that welcomes people of all ages. The day-long festival showcases both indoor and outdoor entertainment, including live performances and interactive demonstrations of Brazilian music, dance and martial arts. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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Hispanic Women's Corporation
The largest gathering of Latinas in the nation will meet in Downtown Phoenix. The conference aims to motivate, educate, and provide a prime opportunity to build lasting and beneficial relationships with other women and sponsoring organizations nationwide. Downtown Phoenix.

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Mariachi & Folklorico Festival
Music and traditional dances of Mexico featuring folkloric dancers and popular Mariachi groups. Tickets range in price from $24-$45 and can be purchased online through Tickmaster.com or at the box office of Chandler Center of the Arts, or by phone at 480-782-2680.

Proceeds raised will support the non-profit C.A.L.L.E de Arizona, dedicated to promoting the beauty, qualities and traits of the Mexican/Hispanic culture.

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Tempe Tardeada
Families explore and discover Tempe's Hispanic roots and culture, dating back to the mid-1800s, through entertainment, music, dance, art and exhibits. The entertainment stage will feature music ranging from traditional mariachi and boleros, to salsa and Latin dance music. Children's activities include colorful crafts celebrating the Hispanic heritage, face painting, inflatables, and The Game Truck. This free event takes place at the Tempe Community Complex, located near the Tempe Public Library. All ages.

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Surprise Fiesta Grande
This street style festival celebrates the original town site.

There will be authentic Hispanic music, a kid zone, a classic car show, festive beverages, and food. Free admission. Grand Avenue and Hollyhock Street, Surprise.

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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.