Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Viva la Cultura!

The vibrancy of Hispanic culture, heritage and traditions can be experienced in Arizona year-round, but don't miss the wide variety of events, fiestas, performances and more taking place throughout the state in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to recognize and celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. As a border state with the second-largest population of Hispanic residents in the country, Arizona offers great diversity and rich ties to Hispanic culture.

Visiting Arizona during Hispanic Heritage Month or looking for where to celebrate in your home state? Check out these colorful festivals, fiestas and events happening across Arizona!


¡Viva la Cultura!
Guelaguetza at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix. Credit: Desert Botanical Garden.

Fiestas Patrias at Casino Arizona | Sept. 15-16
Enjoy a multi-day celebration with live music and entertainment, dining specials and prizes at Casino Arizona for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mexico in a Bottle at Walter Studios | Sept. 17 | 4 - 7 p.m.
Mexico in a Bottle is North America's biggest mezcal tasting event. You can also try out Mexican rum, whiskey, gin, liqueur, butters, wine and beer. Each bottle contains a piece and flavor of Mexican culture.

Guelaguetza at Desert Botanical Garden | Oct. 7-8 | 10 - 4 p.m.
Viva la Guelaguetza! The lively festivities of a traditional Mexican Indigenous holiday come alive at the Garden. Celebrate Oaxacan culture through music, dance, art, food and more.


¡Viva la Cultura!
Tempe Tardeada at Tempe Community Center Complex. Credit: Tempe Tourism.

¡Viva México! at ASU Gammage | Sept. 16
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with an exciting concert by the ASU Symphony Orchestra. Don't miss the post-concert celebration at the Music Building Lawn just across the street. There will be food trucks, snacks, a live DJ, arts and crafts projects and lawn and table games.

Mariachi Herencia de México with special guest La Marisoul at Tempe Center for the Arts | Sept. 30 | 7:30-10 p.m.
A new generation taking mariachi to new heights — Latin Grammy Award-nominated Mariachi Herencia de México and special guest Grammy Award-winner La Marisoul will share the stage for an unforgettable night of Mexican music and culture. Join them in honoring the past, celebrating the present and creating the future of regional Mexican music.

Tempe Tardeada at Tempe Community Center Complex | Oct. 8 | 12-8 p.m.
Enjoy the 25th Annual Tempe Tardeada, an afternoon social festival featuring music, dancing and traditional Mexican foods. In addition, there will be arts and crafts, face painting and inflatables for children and community booths and resources – all for free!


¡Viva la Cultura!
Día de los Muertos at Mesa Arts Center. Credit: Mesa Arts Center.

Mexican Fiesta Baseball at Sloan Park | Sept. 29-Oct. 1
The Mexican Winter Baseball League’s version of Spring Training will return to the Valley for the tenth year. This cultural event celebrates the sport of baseball in Mexico and features games between teams from the Liga Arco Mexicana del Pacifico as well as other events such as concerts, dance performances and food festivals.

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Mesa Temple Visitor's Center | Oct. 7 | 7 p.m.
Hear captivating stories about the Hispanic Heritage of Mesa
from Eduardo Pagan, Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History at ASU and a host of the PBS series History Detectives.

Día de los Muertos at Mesa Arts Center | Oct. 21-22 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate Día de los Muertos at this annual event created in collaboration with the community. The free event offers a variety of features, performances and more in celebration of the memories of the deceased.


¡Viva la Cultura!
Tamales from El Charro, Tucson. Credit: El Charro.

Mexican Independence Day Celebration Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum | Sept. 16 | 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
After Mexico won independence from Spain in September 1821, the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson was under Mexican rule for 33 years. Enjoy performances and lectures in celebration of Mexico's independence.

A Spanish Tour of the Whiskey Del Bac Distillery | Sept. 23 | 3-4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Spanish-language tour at the Whiskey Del Bac Distillery where you can see how they brew and produce some of America's favorite single malt whiskeys. Learn the complexity and subtlety of tasting simple American malts in a fun and interactive way.

Fiesta Tamales at Pima County Courthouse | Oct. 6 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sample some of the best tamales in Tucson from Chef Carlotta Flores, a fifth-generation Tucsonan and a self-proclaimed "tamale expert." She has been making tamales for over 30 years, and her recipes have been passed down through her family for generations.

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Emily Balli

Emily is a writer and marketer who serves as the senior marketing manager at the Arizona Office of Tourism. Her work has been published in the Arizona Republic, Arizona Highways Magazine, ASU News, the Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly Magazine and more. She is a proud Arizonan who enjoys spending time outdoors, reading and writing and trying new local restaurants.


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