Viva la Cultura

Arizona's Hispanic and Latino Culture

Experience Arizona's vibrant Hispanic heritage at historic sites and colorful festivals across the state. Find authentic and award-winning Mexican food in virtually every city and town, as well as local art that celebrates, and is inspired, by "la cultura."

Arizona is practically synonymous with Hispanic culture.

From its earliest days as a settlement, Arizona was shaped largely by the Spanish and Mexican people who controlled the lands. Throughout the state, it remains possible to see evidence of their cultural influence on the food, architecture, language and art.

Especially in Southern Arizona, which maintains close cultural ties to Mexico, things are a little more laid back. It's not uncommon to hear Spanish words mixed with English (often called Spanglish); to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos after Halloween; or to order a pan dulce with your egg omelet. Elsewhere, you'll see Mexican-influenced art in shops and dance to Latin music in clubs as night turns to day.

Stone steps are decorated with images of deceased loved ones, yellow marigolds and other offerings during Dia de los Muertos
La ofrenda at Mesa Arts Center's Dia de los Muertos Festival. (Credit: Isiah Sanchez)

Food, History y Más

Arts & Entertainment

Tucson's All Souls Procession: a Walk to Remember

From a small parade along a downtown street to a large-scale procession comprised of and participated in by thousands, Tucson's All Soul's...

Meet the Maker

Don Guerra of Barrio Bread

Don Guerra of Barrio Bread's enthusiasm for artisanal bread translates into a bakery that’s not only rallied the community, but has also...

Arts & Entertainment

Walls That Talk

Arizona's public murals reflect their communities with artistry, heart and sometimes humor.

Eat & Drink

Arizona's Salsa Hot Spots

Celebrate the spicy side of life at festivals and local shops...

Eat & Drink

What's a Tamale, Anyway?

While eaten year-round, tamales are truly celebrated during the holiday season when families unite to make, eat and share them.

An Architectural Oasis

Architectural Treasures

Explore buildings unique to the state, from ancient dwellings to more modern marvels. Arizona's architectural landmarks span the centuries—from...

Road Trips & Tours

Eat, Drink, and Explore Tucson and Tombstone

In 2015, UNESCO proclaimed Tucson a City of Gastronomy, a venerable nod to its unique regional cuisines, abundant farmers markets and copious...

Eat & Drink

¡Viva Agave!

Fans of tequila find Arizona the perfect spot to imbibe.

Chef Maria Mazon Talks Food

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Cities & Towns

Cities

Tucson

Visit Arizona’s second-largest city, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and a year-round outdoor playground. You can be secluded or social in Tucson....

Cities

Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona and is located in the central region of the state. People may know it for its year-round sun, desert...

Cities

Mesa

Look forward to cultivating and celebrating creativity, filling your closet, and soaking up the sun in Arizona's third-largest city.

Cities

Douglas

A lush desert oasis near Bisbee, Douglas will enchant you with tales of its mining and ranching past.

Cities

Ajo

Awaken your senses in the sonoran uplands. Ajo's spanish architecture is an excellent introduction to southern arizona's colonial history and a...

Cities

Tubac

Spend some time in this Spanish Presidio turned artist colony, where creativity is as present in the galleries and shops as it is in restaurant...

Cities

Nogales

On the border of Mexico, Nogales, Arizona, offers a world of culture.

Cities

Yuma

Outdoor excursions, authentic cuisine, and unique experiences await you in Yuma.