Enjoy an Austin-style Mexican Independence Day at events throughout the city. On Sept. 17, bring your lawn chair to Fiesta Gardens Park West and enjoy the free Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Ballet folklorico, mariachi and Tejano music performances begin at 12:30 p.m. and local Tejano group Los A-T Boyz will headline the festival at 8:30 p.m. Visit diezyseis.org for more information.
At the Texas State Capitol, Austinites can celebrate the “Fiesta del Grito de Independencia” with live music, ballet folklorico performances and a re-enactment of “El Grito” from 6-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. At 9 p.m. Consul General of Mexico Carlos González Gutiérrez will give the “grito,” which was the call for independence that Father Miguel Hidalgo gave in 1810. Due to Capitol renovations, the stage will be located between 11th and Colorado streets this year.
Keep an eye out for the annual ¡Viva Mexico! celebration at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. González Gutiérrez will begin the festivities with welcoming remarks at 6 p.m. Live entertainment will include Mariachi Amor, Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl and other musical guests. Visit austintexas.gov/esbmacc for updates.
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In August, the series presented Latin legends Los Tigres Del Norte and Buena Vista Social Club alumni Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa. The concerts continue this fall with more must-see September shows.
Natalia Lafourcade, who is part of an important wave of Mexican female Latin alternative artists, performs on Sept. 20. Lafourcade, a South by Southwest alum who recorded her debut Austin City Limits taping earlier this year, won a Grammy this spring for her latest album, “Hasta la Raíz.” Concert tickets range from $29-$49. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
On Sept. 24, Pachanga presents the country outfit The Mavericks, known for its genre-bending influences. The group, which includes singer Raul Malo, reunited recently after a decade-long hiatus. Concert tickets range from $35-$49. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
On Sept. 3, the one-day festival will feature emerging and established artists as well as a small business and regional food fair at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Rising Guatemalan singer-songwriter Sara Curruchich, who sings both in Spanish and a Mayan language called Kaqchikel, is among the featured artists.
Other performers include Guatemalan multi-instrumentalist Chejo Enríquez, Houston-based Nicaraguan urban artist Mister Meli, and Costa Rican duo Jeana and Juan Carlos Ureña who blend Central American folk with various musical influences. New Austin band Piano Sur, which is made up of Central and South American artists, will also be featured. They’ll present a special tribute to the late Honduran singer-songwriter Guillermo Anderson.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $20. Visit cacfest.com for more details.