Less than 200 years ago, before Greater Phoenix was founded, this region was part of Mexico. Today, those roots have flourished in Greater Phoenix's communities and — in unison with the rest of the country — we honor the heritage of those who identify as Hispanic or Latino/a during National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15  to Oct. 15. Additionally, Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also observe independence days during this period. 

To mark the celebration, here are the top festivities taking place throughout Greater Phoenix during Hispanic Heritage Month, including special events, dining, things to do and more. 

Mexican Independence Day

Sept. 15

ASU's 5th annual Mexican Independence Day celebration features El Grito from the Consul Armando Esparza, art activities, face painting, workshop with artist Aileen Martinez, lotería games, salsa lessons with ASU Salsa Club, music from DJ CRVNT3S and Mariachi Valle del Sol, food from Salsa Bites and more!

ASU Art Museum


Fiestas Patrias

Sept. 15-16

Enjoy a multi-day celebration with live music, dining specials and prizes at Casino Arizona for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Casino Arizona


El Grito Celebration

Sept. 15

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Downtown Phoenix at the 2nd annual El Grito celebration. Enjoy savory tacos, mouthwatering tamales, and then immerse yourself in the captivating rhythms of mariachi music and ballet folkloric performances. Don't forget to stick around to watch lucha libre!

Downtown Phoenix


Arizona Diamondbacks Hispanic Heritage Weekend

Sept. 15-17

The D-backs will celebrate the Latino community with a weekend of food, music, and baseball during Hispanic Heritage Weekend at Chase Field, presented by Estrella Jalisco. Each day the team will highlight different cultures and groups of the Latino community such as the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. The Serpientes Cap, courtesy of Pepsi, will be the giveaway on Saturday, September 16 vs. the Chicago Cubs. 

Chase Field


3rd Annual Latino LGBTQ+ Pride Festival

Sept. 16

Allies and community members of the LGBTQ+ Latino community are welcome to attend the 3rd annual Latino LGBTQ+ Pride Festival. Latino Pride Festival coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) with a celebration at historic Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix. Adore Delano from RuPaul's Drag Race will perform drag. Robin S, the pop icon and dance music legend, is set to perform at the festival as well. 

Heritage Square


Celebrating Mi Cultura

Sept. 16 

Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) will host “Celebrating Mi Cultura,” an event for Girl Scout families and community members interested in learning about Latino cultures and traditions or embracing their own. Attendees will have the opportunity to try Folklorico dancing, meet Latina community leaders, break a pinata, participate in activities rooted in Latino cultures, and enjoy delicious food. Girls will also receive an exclusive Hispanic Heritage Month patch to wear and display.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain


Mexico In A Bottle

Sept. 17

Mexico in a Bottle is North America's biggest mezcal tasting event. But that's not all—you can also try out Mexican rum, whiskey, gin, liqueur, butters, wine, and beer. Each bottle contains a piece and flavor of Mexican culture, and is a living link to history, tradition, food, art, and music.

Walter Studios


Mi Casa Es Tu Casa - Finding Home Storytelling Event

Sept. 19

In collaboration with the Arizona Storytellers Project and the Arizona Republic’s bilingual publication La Voz, Tempe Center for the Arts hosts an evening of storytelling, community building, and celebration of the Valley’s diverse Latino residents around the theme of “home,” presented in Spanish and English with translation and captioning available.

Tempe Center for the Arts


Norma Cantu and Denice Frohman

Sept. 21

Join celebrated authors Norma Cantu and Denice Frohman for a reading and conversation at Arizona State University. 

Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union, Arizona State University 


Rockin' Taco Street Fest

Sept. 23

A food, music and cultural celebration, Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will feature creative tacos from 20 local restaurants and food trucks. Event highlights include a live performance by Everclear and features Luche Libre Wrestling, Hot Chili Pepper & Taco Eating Competitions, Mariachi, a Mechanical Taco Ride, Margarita & Michelada Master Tent, Little Amigos play area, additional shaded areas and much more.

Dr. AJ Chandler Park

ASU Sun Devils Football vs. USC: Hispanic Heritage Night

Sept. 23

Sun Devil football invites everyone to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night on September 23rd as they match up against USC in a thrilling Pac 12 game.

Mountain America Stadium


Family Loteria

Sept. 24

Bring the whole family, including the little ones, for some Lotería fun to Palabras Bilingual Bookstore. Great for kids of any age. Fun prizes lined up!

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore


Cine Cubano Film Series - Chico & Rita

Sept. 27 

Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to present Cine Cubano, a film series to complement special-engagement exhibition Juan Francisco Elso: Por América and showcase Cuba's diverse and rich history and culture through the medium of cinema. Free for members and $8 for general public.

Phoenix Art Museum


Mexican Baseball Fiesta

Sept. 28 - October 1

Watch Mexican teams from the Liga Arco Mexicana del Pacifico play in the Mexican Baseball Fiesta Tournament. Top teams from the professional league in Mexico, such as Hermosillo, Obregon, Mexicali and Guasave will play in Phoenix and Mesa at the Spring Training fields for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs. 

American Family Fields of Phoenix and Sloan Park


Somos Peoria

Sept. 30

Somos Peoria is a multicultural festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition to live musical entertainment from national and local bands, festivalgoers have the opportunity to sample a variety of traditional foods, beer and margaritas, shop arts and crafts, and enjoy celebrated Hispanic activities such as Ballet Folklorico, lucha libre, strolling mariachis, and a low-rider car display. This year’s main stage national entertainment includes music performances by Ozomatli, Color Me Badd, and the Mariachi Divas.

Old Town Peoria

DTPHX Lotería

Oct 6-15

Part art walk, part game, part urban adventure, participating in DTPHX Lotería is an easy and fun activity for the whole family. Just pick up a “tabla” (Bingo-like playing card) at any participating downtown business, or from a DTPHX Ambassador. Each tabla will feature 16 Downtown businesses depicted Loteria style — a colorfully-illustrated card symbolizing the location. Once you find the card that corresponds with the business (the artist-designed poster will be visible from the exterior), go inside and get your DTPHX sticker from an employee.

Downtown Phoenix



Oct. 7-8

Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico that takes place in the city of Oaxaca. Immerse yourself in art, music, dance and enjoy the flavors of Oaxaca’s eight regions. Join a colorful Oaxacan Calenda (parade), try some spicy and sweet mole, visit the mercado and don’t forget to sample some mezcal.

Desert Botanical Garden


Cine Cubano Film Series - My Two Moms, A Story Of Separation

Oct. 11

Phoenix Art Museum is pleased to present Cine Cubano, a film series to complement special-engagement exhibition Juan Francisco Elso: Por América and showcase Cuba's diverse and rich history and culture through the medium of cinema. Free for members and $8 for general public.

Phoenix Art Museum


Fernando Botero: The Master

Oct 7-March 21, 2024

Harmony of color and beauty of form come together in this exhibition of paintings, drawings and monumental sculpture celebrating the visionary Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. As a poet of daily life in Latin America and a pioneer of figurative art, Botero has been creating art for more than 60 years, in a unique, sumptuous style that is immediately recognizable known as “Boterismo”. Experience the Maestro’s artistic creations in the Garden and in Dorrance Hall, with an expanded gallery space that takes an intimate look at his influences, motivations and working methods.

Desert Botanical Garden


Loteria Nights

Oct. 18 

Don’t miss your chance to win big at Lotería Nights. Head to the garden with rounds of Lotería, cerveza, music y más. Play for a chance to win cool prizes, including a garden membership, plants and so much more.

Desert Botanical Garden


Los Angeles Azules

Sept. 10

Cumbia sonidera veterans Los Angeles Azule will perform live at Arizona Financial Theatre.

Arizona Financial Theatre



Sept. 15

Chiquis, the daughter of Mexican iconic singer Jenny Rivera, graces Phoenix on September 15. The grammy-award winning singer is currently touring to promote her latest album, "Abeja Reina." 

Talking Stick Resort


Teo Gonzalez y Mariachi Mexico Nuevo

Sept. 15

Mariachi Mexico Nuevo performs with comedian Teo Gonzalez at Celebrity Theatre. 

Celebrity Theatre


Savor: Santana Tribute

Sept. 15-16


Savor was formed to honor the more than 50-year career of latin-rock legend Carlos Santana — from the raw power of the self-titled album issued in 1969 to the recent spate of hits with current stars that makes Santana’s music so well-loved. Together, Savor pays fitting tribute to the popular, timeless sound that makes Santana’s music so well-loved.

Casino Arizona


¡Viva México!

Sept. 16

Honor Mexican Independence Day with the ASU Symphony Orchestra. They will perform pieces by Gabriela Ortiz, José Pablo Moncayo, and Silvestre Revueltas, among other celebrated Mexican performers. The ASU Mariachi ensemble and Mariachi de Jaime Cuéllar will join as guests of honor. 

ASU Gammage



Sept. 16

Pop-rock crooners Maná will grace the valley with hits like "Rayando el Sol" and "Oye Mi Amor." This show is not to be missed. 

Desert Diamond Arena


Alejandro Fernandez

Sept. 17

Famous for his Mariachi songs, Mexican icon Alejandro Fernandez aka "El Potrillo," will perform his "Amor y Patria" tour at Arizona Financial Theatre. 

Arizona Financial Theatre


Spanish Nights with Esteban

Sept. 22-23

Renowned for his emotive performances and exemplary classical and flamenco guitar, Esteban will play two shows in Scottsdale on the theme "Spanish Nights."

El Pedregal at The Boulders


Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

Sept. 30

The Latin Grammy-nominated group of young Mexican-American musicians perform a compilation of mariachi classics from the group’s latest album series titled “Esencia,” a tribute to the golden age of Mexican music.

Tempe Center for the Arts


George Lopez

Sept. 30

George Lopez, the beloved comedian and star of NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez, is performing two shows at Celebrity Theatre—an early set and a late set. Ages 18+

Celebrity Theatre


24th Annual Mariachi and Folklórico Festival

Oct. 7

The annual event features Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos and 16-member Mariachi Estrella de Mexico, along with a dazzling array of folklorico dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ.

Chandler Center for the Arts


Performance Pop-Ups: Phoenix College Mariachi Band

Oct. 14

Traditional and contemporary mariachi music as well as other traditional music from Mexico and Latin America performed by Phoenix College’s Mariachi Ensemble.

There's no shortage of delicious Mexican and Latin foods in Greater Phoenix, a majority of which is inspired by the flavors of northern Mexico, including Sonora and Baja California. There's also a fair share of fusion between Sonoran flavors and Southwest influences, such as our iconic prickly pear margarita. Explore some of the best places to dine during Hispanic Heritage Month below. 

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Arizona's Hispanic community makes up almost 4% of the entire nation's Hispanic population. Spend more than a few hours in Greater Phoenix, and you'll see their impact across our city. Whether it's on the eye-catching murals in downtown Phoenix, or traditions carried forward on the grounds of a traditional Mexican rodeo, you'll find a piece of Latin culture in every nook and cranny of Greater Phoenix.