Mexican Independence Day is just a few sleeps away, and several events are lined up to celebrate the day that Mexico gained it’s independence to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 16, 1810 is commemorated as the day that Mexico gained it’s independence from Spain after a progressive priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, deemed the father of Mexican independence, proclaimed independence after encouraging Mexicans to take up arms against the Spanish government, according to The History Channel. Mexican Independence Day has since been celebrated around the world and known as the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicks off Sept. 15.
Fiestas Patrias WonderWeek at Children’s Museum Houston| Sept. 12- Sept. 17, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.| 1500 Binz St.
The museum will host a series of day-long events to celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, like a make-your-own Independence Flag workshop, and create-your-own tri-colored fan activity. More information and tickets are available here.
Fiestas Patrias at Children’s Museum Houston| Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.| 1500 Binz St.
In an ongoing day of events Saturday, the children’s museum will host a series of song and dance Saturday with mariachi music, dance performances and more. Details and tickets can be found here.
‘El Grito' with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan at Miller Outdoor Theater| Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.| 6000 Hermann Park Dr.
A free event, Miller Outdoor Theater will bring the 15-member Mariachi group, Mariachi Nuevo Tacalitlan, to stage to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Houston Farmers Market| Sept. 15, 3 p.m.- 9 p.m.| 2520 Airline Dr.
The farmers market will honor Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a celebration Friday evening including a salsa class and live performances from groups including Houston Aztec Dance Calmecac, Mixteco Ballert Folklorico, and Mariachi Calmecac Jalisciense. The event is free to the public.
Mexico’s Independence Day at Memorial Park| Sept. 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.| 1001 Avenidas de Las Americas
Free to the public, the Plaza at Avenida Houston will hold a National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration Saturday showcasing local, live and diverse entertainment. The event will feature SHEKERE Band, a high-energy dance band with Latin Pop, Merengue, Salsa and Reggaeton roots. Grupo Vadenagi will start the event with Mexican Norteno music performances. An open-air flea market will feature local businesses later in the day.