The San Antonio 2013 Diez y Seis de Septiembre Commission and other organizations have scheduled a community-wide remembrance and celebration of Fiesta Patrias. The calendar presents an exciting program filled with diverse and educational festivities for families wishing to observe the anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain.
More information can be found at sahearts.com.
A few of the events scheduled include:
Sunday, Sept. 8
- Mass at San Fernando Cathedral – 8 a.m. at 115 Main Plaza
A special Mass for the San Antonio Diez y Seis Commission will be held celebrating Mexico’s Independence from Spain.
Friday, Sept. 13
- Senior Kermes Celebration 9 a.m. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – Exhibit Hall ‘D’ 200 E. Market Street
A celebration for seniors registered at the City’s Department of
Human Services senior nutrition centers. The event features food,
mariachi music and contests for regional costumes and table decorations.
For more information call (210) 207-7172. The event is free and open to
- Avenida Guadalupe Association’s Annual Heroes Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Sheraton Gunter Hotel 205 E. Houston Street
A luncheon is held to honor local Avenida Heroes (individuals and
organizations) whose leadership, volunteer service, and/or commitment
have made a significant impact in improving the Avenida Guadalupe
community. Recognition is given in the areas of Community, Commerce,
and Culture and the awards are named after Avenida’s first Executive
Director, Ernie Olivares, who gave selflessly to develop plans to
revitalize and re-energize the Avenida Neighborhood. For ticket
information or to sponsor this event visit www.avenidaguadalupe.org or
call (210) 223-3151.
Saturday, Sept. 14
- Avenida Guadalupe Association’s 32nd Annual 16 de Septiembre Parade and Festival – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plaza Guadalupe 1327 Guadalupe Street
- Avenida Guadalupe Association’s screening of the Canelo vs. Mayweather boxing match from 7 – 10 p.m. at Plaza Guadalupe 1327 Guadalupe Street
Avenida Guadalupe will host a screening of the Canelo vs. Mayweather boxing match and undercard matches in the historic Plaza Guadalupe. Entry into the Plaza will begin at 7 p.m. For ticket information visit avenidaguadalupe.org or call (210) 223-3151
Saturday, Sept. 14 & Sunday, Sept. 15
- Fiestas Patrias Saturday: noon – 11 p.m. Sunday: noon – 10 p.m., scholarship presentations at noon on the market square, San Saba stage 514 W. Commerce
Two days of great fun, entertainment, music and delicious food to satisfy everybody’s taste awaits you at the annual LULAC Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration. The cultural celebration and event will feature Folklorico dancers, mariachi artists, and entertainment by some of the most popular Norteno, Tejano, and Conjunto groups. Also an “Oldies but Goodies” performance with famous artists of the past will take you back to memory lane. Exhibit booths with free give-aways will be present all day Saturday and Sunday. Scholarship Awards to be presented on Sunday at noon. FREE
- Bravo! mi Cultura Diez y Seis performance 8 p.m. at the Arneson River Theater
Free, general seating
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department presents BRAVO! MI CULTURA DIEZ Y SEIS!. Come enjoy an evening of cultural dance selections, highlighting local talent and young dancers from the SA Parks and Recreation Department’s Dance Programs. Dance numbers include Spanish Flamenco and Mexican Folklórico. For more information call (210) 207-3132.
Sunday, Sept. 15
- Fiesta Patrias Artistic Program & Official el Grito ceremony 6 p.m. at Lila Cocrell Theater 200 E. Market
Fiestas Patrias Artistic Program presents singers Navid Rodríguez and Walterio Magdaleno, Mariachi Azteca de América, and the Ballet Folklórico of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. The ceremony of “El Grito” will be led by the Consul General of Mexico. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The official ceremony begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21
- Mariachi Concert and Festival 5 – 10:30 p.m. Arneson River Theater
The evening event features middle and high school mariachi groups from San Antonio and surrounding Texas cities. Groups include Ben Bolt High School Mariachi Azul y Plata, Ben Bolt Middle School Mariachi Juvenil Azul y Plata, Somerset High School Mariachi Azul Real and Middle School Mariachi Azul del Cielo from South Texas and local groups such as Austin Academy Mariachi Los Tigres and Brackenridge High School Mariachi Aguila. The festival highlights special guest performers. The event is free and open to the public.
- Health & Fitness Family Fun Day 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Frank Garrett Center 1226 NW 18th street
A day filled with activities to promote health, fitness, and safety awareness for adults and children. Activities will include morning exercises, a cheerleading workshop, finger printing, and face painting. Various booths will provide free goodies. Special guests, McGruff the Crime Dog (SAPD) and Sparky the Fire Dog (SAFD) will be present along with other characters. FREE
- International friendship youth basketball tournament 1– 4 p.m. at Frank Garrett Center 1226 NW 18th street
Youth representing the United States and Mexico will compete in a basketball tournament. Participants include The School of Excellence, St. Anthony’s Catholic School, and the Jr. Toro’s Boy’s and Girl’s Youth Basketball League – Nuevo Laredo. FREE
- Soccer invitational 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at S.T.A.R Soccer Complex 5103 David Edward Drive
In collaboration with Telemundo, a soccer tournament will be held in celebration of Diez y Seis de Septiembre. Participating teams include Liga Ejecutiva de San Antonio (LESA), South Side Soccer League, San Antonio Soccer Association (SASA), and Las Americas Soccer League. Come out and enjoy this family- friendly event. FREE
Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28
- Bravo! Latino Musical Performance 8 p.m. at Arneson River Theater
$10 suggested donation for general seating
In celebration of Fiestas Patrias, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department and KRTU Jazz Radio present BRAVO! LATINO! an evening of music selections presenting local teen talent from the TAKE NOTE Band. This performance will include songs and compositions of Latin Jazz and Rock with influences from Spanish and Africa indigenous sources. For more information call (210) 207-3132.