California Festivals


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.

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.


ALHAMBRA: Latino Heritage Festival September 16, 2018, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
100 S. 2nd St.
Alhambra, CA
Bounce house, musical entertainment, food vendors, games and it's free admission, sponsored by the City of Alhambra.

ANAHEIM: Fiestas Patrias 2018 TBA
Anaheim Indoor Marketplace
1440 South Anaheim Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92805
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Music, Mexican folk dancing, food, carnival rides and more.

CARSON: Mexican Independence September 15, 2018, 5-6 p.m.
 SouthBay Pavilion
20700 South Avalon Boulevard
Carson, CA 90746
Hosted by Former Council Member Julie Ruiz-Raber. Mariachi performance, Danza Azteca, arts & crafts and more!

COACHELLA: El Grito September 16, 2018, 3-10 p.m.
El Grito / Fiestas Patrias
Free admission, |
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 / LOS ANGELES: Fiestas Patrias September 16, 2018, 12-2 p.m.
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Ballet Folklorico featured at Fiestas Patrias celebration in Center Court. Ballet Folklorico Company and Mariachi Garibaldi perform traditional dances and songs 

EAST LOS ANGELES: Mexican Independence Day Parade & Festival September 16, 2018
Parade 10:30 a.m. | Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Parade route: E. Cesar Chávez Blvd. starting at Mednik St. and ending at Gage Ave.
Free, |
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.  Musica en Vivo con Artistas de Renombre | Carros Alegoricos | Juegos Interactivos | Muchas Sopressas Mas. Parade Grand Marshal is Armando Silvestre with celebrites Emilio Rivera | Omar & Argelia | Coleen Sullivan | Erika Aifan is Senorita Fiestas Patrias. Local dignitaries include: Hilda Solis | Councilmember: Jose Huizar and Gil Cedillo | Kevin de Leon | California State Senate: Tony Mendoza & Ricardo Lara | Assemblymember Cristina Garcia |
Mexican Consul of Los Angeles, Carlos Eugenio Garcia de Alba Zepeda

INGLEWOOD: Hispanic Heritage Festival September 15, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Live entertainment, Aztec and Ballet Folklorico dancers, a Classic Car Show and Vendor Booths. Entertainment includes: Pedrito Fregoso, Ballet Folklorico Macias,  Selena Tribute Dreaming of You, La Sonora Dinamita, Braulio, Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Band, and Mistress of Ceremonies Josefa Salinas. Location: Crozier School, 120 W. Regent St. Free,

SAN DIEGO: Old Town Fiestas Patrias September 16, 2017, 12 Noon-4 p.m.
Old Town San Diego Fiestas Patrias
Old Town State Historic Park
San Diego Avenue and Twiggs Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Mission Valley and Old Town
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, Music & Dance.

BAKERSFIELD: El Grito de Dolores Friday, September 15, 2018, 6-10 p.m.
Downtown Bakersfield
Truxtun Ave., Liberty Bell
Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Mexican Independence Day Celebration

SACRAMENTO: Grito de Dolores September 15, 2018 in the evening.
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,
SANTA ANA: Fiestas Santa Ana September 15-16, 2018, Noon
Saturday 12-10 p.m.
Sunday 12-10 p.m.
Santa Ana Civic Stadium |
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
40th 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
Fiestas Patrias Parade Sunday  4-6 p.m. on Main Street
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.

REDWOOD CITY: Fiestas Patrias Friday, September 16, 2018, 3-8 p.m.
Courthouse Square
Redwood City, CA
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. Live Music by Los Mismos Mariachi by Mexicanisimo Dance Groups: Mexico Vivo, Danza Colibri, and Tonanzi Esplendor Azteca Flag Ceremony Authentic Mexican Food Hands-on Art

LOS ANGELES: Fiestas Patrias California September 15-16, 2018, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Olvera Street Plaza and  El Pueblo Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, Ca
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, 2018, 5-10:30 p.m.
City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, Ca |
The City of Los Angeles and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez present 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 and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez 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.

LOS ANGELES: Latin American Heritage Celebration September 21, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
This colorful spectacle showcases Mariachi bands, folk ensembles and music from Mexico, Cuba, Central, and South America. Angelus Plaza Hill Street Courtyard, 255 S. Hill St., Downtown Los Angeles, CA. Free, Donations Accepted.

SANTA FE SPRINGS: Fiestas Patrias September 14, 2018, 6-11:30 p.m.
Town Center Plaza
11740 Telegraph Rd.
Santa Fe Springs, CA
FREE Entertainment and Activities!
FREE Children's Fun Zone!
FREE Shuttle from Los Nietos Park to Town Center Plaza! Authentic Mexican Gourmet Food Trucks! Come and join the festivities of the annual Fiestas Patrias celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain.

PASADENA: Fiestas Patrias September 14, 2018, 4-8 p.m.
Villa Parke Community Center
363 E. Villa St.
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.

SAN FRANCISCO: El Grito Mexican Independence Celebration September 15, 2018, 5:30-9 p.m.
Mariachis, Mexican dancers, singers and the Mexican Counsel  recreate the actual  El Grito call to all people.  Location: Civic Center Plaza, Grove & Larkin, San Francisco, CA 94102. Free,

SANTA ROSA: Fiesta De Independencia September 16, 2018, 1-7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA
Free admission,
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.  2018 event includes: Rocio y su Sonora | Los Dinnos | Mariachi Barragan y Mariachi Ensemble de LBC Danza Azteca | Ballet Folklorico Ireri | 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

SAN JOSE: NOTE: This is listed on City of San Jose Calendar of Events ( but is not confirmed by referenced event planner (Epicentro Advertising and Markting 510-377-5308 Maria Schabbing)
Fiestas Patrias El Grito Festival September 16, 2018, 12:30-9 p.m.
Discovery Meadow/Guadalupe River Park
180 Woz Way and San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA

Past events

MORENO VALLEY: El Grito Celebration Friday, September 15, from 6-9:30 p.m. Moreno Valley College 16130 Lasselle Street  Free, 

BRAWLEY: Hidalgo Society - El Grito September 15, 2017, 5-8 p.m. No info 410 Cesar Chavez St  $10 BBQ Plate

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

FRESNO: Fulton Mall Fiestas Patrias

WILMINGTON: Wilmington Fiestas Patrias Celebration El Grito Ceremony

EL CENTRO: El Grito de Independencia

LONG BEACH: Latino Heritage Festival

SAN BERNARDINO Fiestas Patrias

PICO RIVERA Fiestas Patrias Festival

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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