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California Fiestas Patrias Festivals and Celebrations

Celebrate California's Hispanic heritage with a Mexican Independence Day El Grito and Fiestas Patrias. The Spanish phrase Fiestas Patrias means Patriotic Holidays.

ALHAMBRA: Latino Heritage Festival September 15, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
100 S. 2nd St.
Alhambra, CA
cityofalhambra.org
City of Alhambra  Latino Heritage Festival  at the Farmers Market on Second Street between Main and Commonwealth includes Latino cultural demonstrations, folkloric dancing, and Hispanic influenced food, a treat filled pińata and craft projects for the kids, live musical entertainment on stage, and finished crafts for sale.  Alhambra Chalk Art Contest invites 50 chalk art contestants to apply their skills to this unique form of street art, $500 grand prize.  To apply: https://chalkartcontest.com. For information about the Latino Heritage Festival, call 626-570-3242.

BAKERSFIELD: El Grito de Dolores Friday, September 15, 2019, 7-11 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. (2 different times posted)
Downtown Bakersfield
Truxtun Ave., Liberty Bell
kchcc.org
Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Mexican Independence Day Celebration

CARSON: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration September 14, 2019, 12-4 p.m. at Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson Street. Features Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band concert, food vendors, kids zone and more. Free, ci.carson.ca.us

COACHELLA: El Grito September 21, 2019, 3-10 p.m.
El Grito / Fiestas Patrias
Free admission, gcvcc.org | coachella.org
El Grito / Fiestas Patrias
Over 20 Local Food Vendors & Beer Garden
Rancho Las Flores Park Coachella, CA
48350 Van Buren St, Coachella, CA
Live entertainment, kids zone, local food vendors, music, and free admission and parking. No outside coolers or alcohol.

COMMERCE: Fiestas Patrias Saturday, September 14, 2019, 3-9 p.m.  Bristow Park Featuring performances by ballet folklorico & recreation dance classes, hot shot soccer exhibition, live entertainment, game booths, and delicious Mexican food. ci.commerce.ca.us

EAST LOS ANGELES: Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival September 8, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Parade 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parade route: E. Cesar Chávez Blvd. starting at Mednik St. and ending at Gage Ave.
Free, facebook.com/CMCPLA/ | cmcplosangeles.org
Festival celebration at Belvedere Park, Mednik & First, with music performances, entertainment, attractions, food vendors, merchandise, interactive displays and fun. Annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival, the biggest and the longest such running parade in United States founded in 1931. 

EL CENTRO: El Grito de Independencia September 14, 2019, 6-9:30 p.m.
Free, elcentrochamber.org
Bring your own chairs and rock out with Rock En Espanol Band, Ballet Folklorico from the House of Cultural Arts, Grito de Independencia 8 p.m.,  UABC Mariachi, UABC Ballet Folklorico, Aferrados de la Sierra. Location: Bucklin Park, 8th Street & Ross Avenue, El Centro, CA

INGLEWOOD: Hispanic Heritage Festival September 14, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live entertainment, Aztec and Ballet Folklorico dancers, a Classic Car Show and Vendor Booths. Entertainment Location: Inglewood City Hall and Civic Center North Plaza, Regent Street from La Brea to Fir. Free, cityofinglewood.org

KELSEYVILLE: Dia de la Independencia! September 15, 2019, 1-8 p.m.
Main Street, Main St, Kelseyville, CA 95451. Independencia is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the  cry of independence on September 16, 1810. visitkelseyville.com

LOS ANGELES: Fiestas Patrias California September 14-15, 2019, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Olvera Street Plaza and  El Pueblo Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, Ca
Free, elpueblo.lacity.org/events
The City of Los Angeles hosts Fiestas Patrias California in an exciting festival return to historic Olvera Street Plaza, the Official birthplace of Los Angeles. On Saturday and Sunday all the unforgettable rhythms of Mariachi music will be played on the festival's main stage in front of hundreds of thousands.

LOS ANGELES: El Grito Arts & Music Festival September 15, 2019, 5-10:30 p.m.
City Hall, Spring Street steps and Grand Park
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, Ca
lacity.org
Headliner: Los Tigres Del Norte
The City of Los Angeles presents El Grito, a free Arts & Music festival on the steps of City Hall and kickoff to Los Angeles' Latino Heritage Month. Featuring internationally renowned Latino artists and entertainers, food trucks, a reggaeton silent disco, and a one-of-a-kind crafts fair of over 60 vendors - El Grito is a high-energy all-ages celebration of Latinidad in LA.
Latino Heritage Month and the El Grito Festival is presented by the City of Los Angeles  in partnership. It features events throughout the month to highlight the significant contributions that Latinos have made to L.A.'s past, present, and future.

MORENO VALLEY: El Grito Celebration Friday, September 15, 2019, 4-9 p.m.
Moreno Valley College 16130 Lasselle Street  Free, mvhcc.org
Produced by the City of Moreno Valley in partnership with Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

PASADENA: Fiestas Patrias September 13, 2019, 5-9 p.m.
Villa Parke Community Center
363 E. Villa St.
cityofpasadena.net
Free
Celebrate Latin American Independence at Fiestas Patrias, sponsored by the City's Human Services and Recreation Department. The festival commemorates 18 Latin American countries' independence from Spain, including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The lively, family celebration features the Parade of Flags, crowning of the new Queen by City officials. Plus enjoy live music and dance performances with traditional costumes from various Latin American countries. For-sale food will be available on-site, and exhibitors from City departments and local outreach organizations will provide giveaways and information about community services.

REDWOOD CITY: Fiestas Patrias Friday, September 15, 2019, 3-8 p.m.
Courthouse Square
Redwood City, CA
Free, redwoodcity.org
Celebrate this important patriotic holiday in the Mexican culture with an authentic Flag Ceremony conducted by Consul General de Mexico. The Square transforms into a festive setting filled with colorful and glamorous Ballet Folklorico dancing, live Mariachi music, and a very special live performance by a great musical act. Arts crafts area, Mexican food from local restaurants and it's all free.

SACRAMENTO: Grito de Dolores September 15, 2019, 5-9 p.m.
West Steps, State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814
Gather watch the balcony of the State Capitol, as community leaders in chorus perform El Grito de Dolores! Admission to the Grito event is free to the public. You and your friends will enjoy the many booth and table exhibits, artifacts, food, musical and artistic presentations and a meaningful international experience. Since the late 20th century, the Hidalgo 'Grito de Dolores' (Cry of Dolores) has become emblematic of Mexican independence. Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California. Free, mccnc.org

SAN DIEGO: Old Town Fiestas Patrias September 14, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias
Old Town State Historic Park
San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street
San Diego, CA 92110
parks.ca.gov/oldtownsandiego
Mission Valley and Old Town
Free
A festival to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spain and the beginning of the main period of significance for Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Activities will focus on the rich and diverse Mexican heritage that was vital in the development of San Diego and California. Music, dancing, games, and activities for the entire family. Stage with performers. Contests. Parade. Relay Races, Loteria, Horses, Pinatas, Cascarones. parks.ca.gov

SAN JOSE:  Chile Mole Pozole September 15, 2019, 12:30-9 p.m.
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose
San Jose, CA
$5 pre, $10 admission door, schoolofartsandculture.org
School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. The event is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, bringing the traditions of Mexico and East San Jose

SANTA ANA: Fiestas Santa Ana September 14-15, 2019, 12-10 p.m. daily
Flower Street & Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA
Free, santa-ana.org 
This year the 2 Day Festival has moved to the Santa Ana Civic Stadium where the main stage will be built, and the street fair with 50+ vendors and traditional Mexican food will be located on the large 4 lane wide Flower Street from Civic Stadium Blvd to Santa Ana Blvd. The event weekend will consist of carnival, live performances on 2 different stages, packed with music, food and vendors. The City of Santa Ana will host, injunction with GC the Annual El Grito Ceremony on Saturday and the Fiestas Patrias Parade on Sunday.
Saturday Street Fair
Sunday Parade at 4 p.m. on Main Street
Annual Fiestas Patrias Weekend Festival & Parade in Downtown Santa Ana.
Flower Street (between Civic Center Drive and Santa Ana Boulevard) and the Santa Ana Stadium
Colorful floats, bands, dance and equestrian groups march down Main Street towards the Downtown area and onto Santa Ana Boulevard. Music and dance groups, street vendors, artisans and vendors selling crafts, home and novelty items, beer garden, carnival rides and games for children. Saturday the annual El Grito Ceremony on main stage begins at 6 p.m. led by the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. The ceremony honors the traditional call to arms on the eve of Mexican Independence Day and is a massive, synchronized call that dates back to 1810 and the fight for Mexican Independence.

SANTA FE SPRINGS: Fiestas Patrias September 13, 2019, 6-11:30 p.m.
Town Center Plaza
11740 Telegraph Rd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA
santafesprings.org
FREE Entertainment and Activities!
FREE Children's Fun Zone!
FREE Shuttle from Los Nietos Park, 11143 Charlesworth Road to Town Center Plaza! Authentic Mexican Gourmet Food Trucks!  Mariachi Los Camperos performs in concert, more Mariachi music, Folklorico dancing, Mexican food, arts and crafts, game booths and a beer garden hosted by the Santa Fe Springs Firefighters Association. The Mexican Consulate and the Santa Fe Springs City Council lead a traditional grito to ring in the day of independence.

SANTA ROSA: Fiesta De Independencia September 15, 2019, 1-7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Free admission, wellsfargocenterarts.org
Celebrate Mexican Independence and Latino Heritage with the free festival at the Center. Presented by the Center's Latino Advisory Council, the family-friendly, campus-wide festival is an opportunity for guests to experience a traditional fiesta, as they will enjoy authentic food, music, games and activities, including a car show and salsa competition. Business Booths, State Culture & History Exhibit, Fine Art Exhibit, Car Show, Food Court, Jumpy Houses, Carnival Games and more are presented all in the name of Mexican Independence. Piñatas & Family Fun |  Low Rider Car Show Exhibicion Cultural |  Free Bookmobile of Sonoma County  | El Grito with the Mexican Consulate of San Francisco | Cultural Exhibition with local students

Past Events

SAN FRANCISCO: El Grito Mexican Independence Celebration sfrecpark.org

KING CITY: King City El Grito  Salinas Valley Fairgrounds 625 Division St. 

FRESNO: Fulton Mall Fiestas Patrias 
downtownfresno.org

WILMINGTON: Wilmington Fiestas Patrias Celebration El Grito Ceremony wilmington-chamber.com

LONG BEACH: Latino Heritage Festival molaa.org

SAN BERNARDINO Fiestas Patrias  marsmediafamily.com/

PICO RIVERA  fiestaspatriaslosangeles.com Fiestas Patrias Festival

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