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SAN ANTONIO, TX (September 3, 2014) – The City’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission is pleased to announce the 2014 calendar of events commemorating Mexico’s independence from Spain. The Department for Culture and Creative Development continues its long-standing partnership with the commission to present a diverse array of citywide events including dance and musical performances, plus health and fitness activities. Other City partners include the San Antonio Public Library, the Department of Human Services, and the Parks and Recreation Department. Many of this year’s events take place at La Villita Historic Arts Village.
“The Mariachi Concert on September 20th is our biggest event of all with standing room only at Arneson River Theatre. We are excited to host Patsy Torres as this year’s headliner,” said Chairwoman Mari Sandoval-Ayala of the Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission.
This year the all-volunteer Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary. It was established on June 16, 1994 by then-Councilman Juan Solis III and Mayor Nelson Wolff. Several of the current members have been part of the commission since 1999.
Through these fiestas patrias events, people of all ages have the opportunity to learn more about the rich history and traditions of Mexican culture and celebrate more than 200 years of Mexico's independence from Spanish rule. This year’s calendar is packed with 15 events taking place over three weeks.
Selected events from 2014 calendar:
Saturday, Sept. 13th
Avenida Guadalupe Association’s 33rd Annual 16 de Septiembre Celebration
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1327 Guadalupe Street
All day event beginning with drill team competition at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 11 a.m. Limited free seating is available, or you may bring your own chairs. FREE
Saturday, Sept. 13th & Sunday, Sept. 14th
Fiestas Patrias at Historic Market Square
Noon – 11 p.m. Saturday, Noon – 10 p.m. Sunday
514 W. Commerce Street
Two days of great fun, entertainment, music, and delicious food to satisfy everyone’s taste at the annual LULAC celebration. This cultural celebration will feature folklórico dancers, mariachi musicians, and entertainment by some of the most popular Norteño, Tejano, and Conjunto groups. FREE
Saturday, Sept. 20th
Mariachi Concert at Arneson River Theatre
5:30 p.m., La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita Street
The evening event features middle school and high school mariachi groups from San Antonio and surround Texas cities, including Ben Bolt and Somerset. FREE
Día de los Niños – Culture, Health & Fitness Event
10 a.m., La Villita Historic Arts Village
418 Villita Street
Celebrate the vibrancy and wellness of children, families, and youth. Activities will include zumba, basketball, soccer, and artistic workshops. FREE
For more information, visit GetCreativeSanAntonio.com, your guide to arts and culture in San Antonio.
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