Austin’s Latino heritage is celebrated this month with the annual observance of the anniversary of the 1810 Mexican War of Independence against Spain.
On Thursday, Sept. 15, the City of Austin, the Consulate General of Mexico, the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation hold their annual, free celebration from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol. Look for the stage at Colorado and 12th Streets this year, with a schedule of live music, ballet folklorico, and a re-enactment of “El Grito.” Diez y Seis will also be remembered in the Capitol Rotunda from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.
Learn the meaning of el Diez y Seis from historians at Austin Community College’s Riverside Campus on Thursday, Sept. 15, noon-1 p.m. Sample tasty traditional dishes and enjoy the rhythmic steps of Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklórico, plus musical entertainment from Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, and Mariachi Estrella. The event is free and open to the public.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s ¡Viva Mexico! 2016, on Friday, Sept. 16, features live entertainment by Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl, Mariachi Amor and other musical guests, with welcoming remarks by the Honorable Consul General de México, Carlos Gonzalez Gutiérrez and a re-enactment of “El Grito,” echoing the moment in history where Father Miguel Hidalgo called for Mexico’s independence. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free event, which also promises plenty of food and fun family-friendly activities.
Fiestas Patrias of Austin invites the community to the 38th annual Mexican Independence Fiesta on Saturday, Sept. 17 at Fiesta Gardens Park West. The free event features entertainment by Ballet Folklorico de Mari Cruz, Los A-T Boyz, Big Band Tejano, Canonazo, Joe Bravo, Augustine Ramirez, with food and more. See diezyseis.org for additional information.