Where to celebrate Diez y Seis in Austin

Dancers with the Ballet Folklorico Mari Cruz, including Silva Tidrick, right, and Lucia Fernandez, center, perform a dance from the Nayarit region of Mexico for the crowd under the outdoor stage Sunday afternoon September 15, 2013. Fiestas Patrias of Austin celebrated the 35th Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta at Fiesta Gardens Park in east Austin this weekend to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spain. The annual celebration featured dancing, music and traditional festival food and drink. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATEmSMAN
Dancers with the Ballet Folklorico Mari Cruz, including Silva Tidrick, right, and Lucia Fernandez, center, perform a dance from the Nayarit region of Mexico for the crowd under the outdoor stage Sunday afternoon September 15, 2013. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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.

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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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Natalia Lafourcade, The Mavericks to perform at Pachanga concert series

Natalia Lafourcade will perform at ACL Live on Sept. 20 Erika Rich/Special to American-Statesman **FILE** Natalia Lafourcade performs at Austin City Limits Live on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Erika Rich for American-Statesman
Natalia Lafourcade will perform at ACL Live on Sept. 20. Erika Rich/Special to American-Statesman

Missing Pachanga Fest? Earlier this year the Pachanga Latino Music Festival restructured its programming and converted the popular annual spring festival into a concert series at ACL Live.

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.

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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.

Centroamericanto brings best of Central American music to Austin

Sara Curruchich - by Eny Roland
Mayan singer-songwriter Sara Curruchich to perform at Centroamericanto Fest 2016. Photo by Eny Roland

In 2011, local singer-songwriter Mauricio Callejas brought the Centroamericanto music festival from El Salvador to Austin. What began as a gathering of singer-songwriters in Central America has now grown into an annual Austin festival.

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.

Mister Meli will perform at the upcoming Centroamericanto festival. Photo contributed by Mister Meli
Mister Meli will perform at the upcoming Centroamericanto festival. Photo contributed by Mister Meli