No, Not Cinco de Mayo: It’s Mexican Independence Day

Lauren LoftusSeptember 15, 2017
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Rockin’ Taco Street Fest
Indulge in way-too-many (or just enough?) varieties of tacos to appeal to your heart’s desire, but don’t eat too much, or you won’t have space for churros and cerveza. General admission is $12 at the door, but you can buy tickets online for $8. Enjoy the live music and dance – and yes, there are piñatas.
12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 178 E Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, 602-276-2499,

Fiestas Patrias at Casino Arizona
Enjoy food, festivities and live music from Little Joe y La Familia, Los Texmaniacs, Ruben Ramos & the Mexican Revolution and more at this 21-and-up outdoor celebration.
5 p.m.-12 a.m. $30-$75. Casino Arizona, 524 North 92nd St., Scottsdale, 480-850-7777,

VIVA Mexico! A Celebration of Mexican Independence
You’ll get it all: a fabulous Latin drag show, jello shots and live mariachi music to end your night. Plus, it’s for a good cause – it’s meant to raise money for Mulligan’s Manor, a group home for at-risk LGBTQ teens.
9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Oz Bar, 1804 W Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, 602-242-5114,

Hispanic Heritage Month
Mexican Independence Day kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month, so if you already have Saturday plans but want to experience Hispanic culture, you can still check out these upcoming events:

Brazilian Day Festival – September 23
Watch samba dancers, capoeira masters and more in the Valley’s largest celebration of Brazilian music and culture. Stay until sundown, when the Day Festival transforms into a night time Carnival. No passport necessary.
2 p.m.-9 p.m. $6-$12. Ages 2 and under are free. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, 602-518-4145,

Tempe Tardeada Festival – October 8
Roll your own tortillas and kick your heels up learning ballet folklorico at Tempe’s 19th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. This all-ages celebration features art-and-crafts, a game truck and—as always—good food.
12 p.m.-8 p.m. Free. Tempe Community Complex, 3500 S Rural Rd., Tempe, 480-350-4311,

Surprise Fiesta Grande – October 14
Taste authentic Mexican food and celebrate Surprise’s cultural heritage in this all-ages street festival. Check out the classic car show with your familia and enjoy the mariachi and banda music.
3 p.m.-9 p.m. Free. Villanueva Recreation Complex, Hollyhock St. and Grand Ave., Surprise, 623-222-2000,

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