This blog post was updated on July 16, 2019.
Hispanic heritage month may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch a fun celebration, or start planning for the coming year. And, if you’re unsure of where to celebrate, we’ve got the perfect place for you to go! Believe it or not, Phoenix, Arizona has a large presence of Latino Americans bringing a variety of festivals and annual celebrations each year around Hispanic heritage month. Read on to learn about a few exciting ones for you to check out either this year or next!
Latino Pride Festival
Join the first Latino Pride Festival in Laveen, Arizona on October 13, 2018, for a spectacular celebration! Thousands are expected to attend from the LGBTQ Latino community. This event isn’t just about LGBTQ pride, it’s about inspiring and educating the community while celebrating with one another! Ticket prices start at $10 and the event is from 11 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., so be sure to rest up – it’s a long day of festivities!
Chandler Mariachi Festival
For the past 19 years, the Mariachi and Folklorico Festival has been held in Chandler, Arizona. This year, the Chandler Center for the Arts is where the festival took place on October 6, with featured performers such as Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. and Mariachi Sonido de Mexico, both from Guadalajara, Mexico along with traditional folkloric dancers. It’s a true celebration as Hispanic cultural history radiates from the stage!
Surprise Fiesta Grande
On October 18, 2018, Surprise, Arizona has a fiesta you’re not going to want to miss! The 5th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande will celebrate the city’s heritage in the streets at the Original Town Site. Here you’ll find live music, folkloric dancing, mariachi bands, and a classic car show. Oh, and there will be authentic Mexican eats on the street for all attendees to enjoy!
El Chullo Peruvian Festival
This past July was the first event dedicated to Peru’s Independence Day in Phoenix. Those in attendance enjoyed authentic Peruvian cuisine, live music, raffles, and more! The festival welcomed families to spend the day celebrating Peruvian heritage at the Stratus Event Center. Check back with Phoenix’s event website for more info on next years event!
Arizona Taco Festival
Now here’s an event you’re not going to want to skip! The Arizona Taco Festival on October 13 and 14 is almost here and is taking place at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale. If it’s not already obvious, we advise you attend this festival on an empty stomach as it’s a foodie’s paradise! Choose from over 50 restaurants, food trucks, and caterers who will be selling tacos for only $2. Those who are up for a challenge can participate in the Hot Chile Pepper Eating Contest and/or the Taco Eating Contest. Other than those events, live music, a tequila expo, and lucha libre wrestling are some activities to also enjoy.
Have you ever attended a Hispanic Heritage celebration near Phoenix? Tell us in the comments below!