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Where to Celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre in San Antonio


  • City of San Antonio
More than just a day to celebrate, Diez y Seis de Septiembre is a day of remembrance for those who fought and died to achieve Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. One fall night in the city of Dolores, Mexico, Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church as a call to arms for the exploited and impoverished peoples of his land. It was Hidalgo’s call that triggered the Mexican War of Independence. Today, the victory of this battle is commemorated through the Spanish grito or “The Cry of Dolores,” named after the city where the revolution first took root. In San Antonio, we observe Diez y Seis de Septiembre by celebrating Mexican cultural heritage and, of course, downing ice-cold cervezas. While options abound (visit for the full calendar), here a few easy ways to join the festivities.

Thu 9/14 - Fri 9/15

Bravo! Mi Cultura Diez y Seis Performance

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department presents Bravo! Mi Cultura Diez y Seis. Guests can enjoy an evening of cultural dance selections, highlighting local talent and young dancers from the Parks and Recreation Department’s Dance Programs. Performances include Spanish flamenco and Mexican folklórico numbers. Arrive at 8pm on either Thursday or Friday to experience some authentic cultural showmanship at the Arneson River Theater. $10 suggested donation, 8pm Thu-Fri, Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St., (210) 207-8614,

Fri 9/15

Fiestas Patrias Artistic Program & Official “El Grito” Ceremony

The Fiesta Patrias Artistic Program presents Ballet Folklorico de Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila along with mariachis and singers. Come celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre by joining in on the official ceremony of “El Grito,” led by Reyna Torres Mendivil, Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio. The event will take place at 6pm, while the ceremony will commence at 8pm in Market Square. Even if you don’t stay for the ceremony, downtown San Antonio is full of rich cultural history that’ll make for a great night of celebration. Free, 5:30-9pm Fri, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St., (210) 227-1089,

Sat 9/16
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Parade and Festival

In celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day, the Avenida Guadalupe Association welcomes San Antonio’s communities and visitors to participate in its 36th annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration. The day kicks off at noon with a parade that marches right through the heart of the historic Westside and culminates at Plaza Guadalupe. The plaza then becomes an all-day celebration, featuring live tejano, conjunto and mariachi music, as well as food and beverages. Free, 9am-10:30pm Sat, Plaza Guadalupe, 1327 Guadalupe St., (210) 223-3151 or (210) 823-6382,

Sat 9/16
Mariachi Concert

This event features middle and high school mariachi groups from San Antonio and South Texas. Groups are awarded a stipend to support their respective mariachi programs and encourage cultural education through music and the arts. The evening will include special dance numbers by the Guadalupe Dance Company, with pre-show activities beginning at 3pm. Free, 5pm Sat, Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St.

Sat 9/16 - Sun 9/17
Fiestas Patrias 

Join LULAC Council 648 in celebrating Fiestas Patrias at Market Square. Enjoy two days of entertainment and delicious antojitos while listening to live music from mariachi, tejano, norteño, conjunto, and oldies groups. Exhibit booths with free giveaways will be present, and proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for college-bound students. The evening will feature special dance performances by the Guadalupe Dance Company, with a pre-show beginning at 3pm. What’s not to love about a good fiesta? Free, noon-11pm Sat, noon-10pm Sun, Market Square, 514 W. Commerce St.

Diez y Seis De Septiembre Charreada 

Join the Asociación de Charros San Antonio as they celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre. A charreada is a competitive event similar to a rodeo, often described as an art form to depict the living history of charro (meaning “horseman”) working life. Keep an eye out for food vendors to score some snacks for the show. $5-$10, gates at 2pm, charreada at 4pm Sun, Charro Ranch, 6126 Padre Drive, (210) 532-0693,

Thu 9/21 - Fri 9/22
Bravo! Latino! Musical Performance

In celebration of Fiestas Patrias, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department presents Bravo! Latino!, an evening of musical selections presenting local teen talent from the award-winning program Take Note featuring guest artists. This performance will include Latin jazz and rock selections with influences from Spanish and African indigenous sources. Free, 8pm Thu-Fri, Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St., (210) 207-3132.

  • Azul Barrientos

Sat 9/23

Noche Azul de Esperanza
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and singer-songwriter Azul Barrientos’ monthly concert series explores cultural themes and genres relevant to Afro/Latino/indigenous cultures. Featuring a new theme and musical lineup each month, Noche Azul has previously highlighted boleros, rancheras, tangos, and jazz, among other genres. September’s Noche Azul showcases traditional Mexican songs while highlighting the cultural influences and interconnections between Latin America, Africa, Spain and Mexico. $7, 7pm Sat, Esperanza Center, 922 San Pedro Ave., (210) 228-0201,

Sat 9/30 - Sun 10/1
Guadalupe Dance Company

The Guadalupe Dance Company celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a lively presentation of Mexican culture through authentic music and dance. Celebrating its 26th year, the dance company preserves and promotes traditional Mexican folklórico and flamenco styles. The Guadalupe Academy offers dance, music, and arts classes for all ages and levels. $15-$30, 7pm Sat-Sun, Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151,

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