In North Texas, we tend to celebrate Hispanic heritage year-round — enjoying Latino-influenced food, music and art. But Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is the official Hispanic Heritage Month, when special events shine an even brighter spotlight on cultural music, dance, food and fashion. Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, or Diez y Seis, is the focus of many activities.
FREE Shop, eat, drink and play at a Mexican Independence Day-themed evening at ArtPark Trinity Groves. Presented by Happily Ever Crafty, the evening features 20-plus local vendors, food and yard games. The outdoor ArtPark is family- and dog-friendly with murals and art perfect for taking photos.
Sept. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at ArtPark Trinity Groves, 331 Singleton Blvd., Dallas. Free. facebook.com/TrinityGroves/events.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden plans a month of Hispanic heritage events including a colorful art display in the Leonard Courtyard, the garden’s own version of Frida Kahlo’s La Casa Azul in Mexico City. Special events include a quinceañera celebration on Sept. 17, the Mariposa Market on Sept. 24, a blessing of the animals ceremony on Oct. 4 and Fort Worth Opera performances in October. An Evening at Casa Azul will be the grand finale on Oct. 15. Check the website for a complete schedule.
Sept. 15-Oct. 15 at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Special event hours vary, but the garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Garden admission is $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and up, $6 for ages 6-15, free for ages 5 and under; some events require an additional fee. fwbg.org/events/celebramos.
Stay late at the Dallas Museum of Art for an evening of music, dancing, live art, film screenings and tours of the Octavio Medellín exhibition “Spirit and Form.” Texas poet laureate Lupe Mendez will recite poetry and lead a poetry workshop. Muralist Fred Villanueva and students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will be on the plaza creating a large-scale painting of the Mexican flag. Mayan dancers from Grupo Pakal and students from Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico will perform in the atrium.
Sept. 16 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. $10-$20. dma.org.
FREE A new festival in the Dallas Arts District celebrates the diversity of Latin American music, dance, food and art. Visitors can browse through a pop-up market curated by Hecho con Amor and take in live performances from Asociación Puertorriqueña de DFW, Anita N. Martínez Ballet Folklorico and cumbia band Sabor Puro.
Sept. 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Strauss Square, 2389 Flora St., Dallas. Free. attpac.org.
FREE The Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts presents a party on the Latino Cultural Center plaza that celebrates Hispanic and native cultures. There will be music, dance and poetry throughout the evening. Guests can shop for folk art, imports and food in the mercadito (little market).
Sept. 16 from 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas. Free. facebook.com/LCCDallas.
FREE Take lawn chairs for an evening of Latin music and food in the covered outdoor theater. Entertainers include Shelly Lares, Christi Lux and Hugo Guerrero.
Sept. 17 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at DeSoto Civic Center Amphitheater, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto. Free. ci.desoto.tx.us.
FREE The eighth annual festival in the park features a lineup of local musicians and DJs, community vendors, food and drinks.
Sept. 17 from 3 to 10 p.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. Free. facebook.com/TexasLatinoPride.
FREE Live entertainment includes music by Mariachi Arraigó de America, Flamenco Fever, Fusion Latina and Selena Forever Tribute. There’ll be Aztec dancers, food, activities for children and a vendor expo. Visitors can also sample and vote for their favorite red and green hot sauces in a People’s Choice taste-off.
Sept. 17 from 2 to 9 p.m. at Valley Ridge Park, 2850 Park Ridge Drive, Cedar Hill. Free. facebook.com/CityofCedarHill/events.
FREE Dance to the sounds of San Antonio conjunto accordion great Sunny Sauceda. He will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. following openers Conjunto Cats and Latin Express. Lawn chairs and coolers are permitted, including alcoholic beverages (no glass containers).
Sept. 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Free. levittpavilionarlington.org.
Visit the historic Fort Worth Stockyards district for a full schedule of Hispanic heritage activities, starting with a celebration parade following the 11:30 a.m. longhorn cattle drive on Sept. 18. There will be food and live music in the district from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a performance of the equestrian show Mexico in Our Blood in the Cowtown Coliseum from 2 to 4 p.m. The ticketed coliseum show features charros, dancing horses, escaramuza, folklorico dancers and mariachis.
Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Parade and music in the Stockyards are free; $15-$35 admission to Mexico in Our Blood show. fortworthstockyards.com/events; cowtowncoliseum.com/events.
Dance to regional bands from Mexico including Proyecto Kumbia, Los Gran Reyes and Mariachi Michoacán during Kumbia Fest. Dallas Mexican Consul Francisco de la Torre will be on hand to deliver the traditional grito that marks Mexican Independence Day celebrations. In addition to these events, there’ll be amusement park rides and shopping with hundreds of vendors at Traders Village.
Sept. 18 from 9 to 5 p.m. at Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie. Admission is free; parking is $5. tradersvillage.com.
FREE More than a dozen of Mexico’s top designers will take part in a pop-up boutique from LuxuryLab Global. Contemporary pieces by the designers and artisans will be exhibited during the show, which will be open to the public for shopping and meet-the-designer experiences.
Sept. 22-25, daily from noon to 6 p.m. at Galleria Dallas, on Level 1 across from Gucci, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. galleriadallas.com/programs/events/luxury-lab.
FREE The evening in Armstrong Park includes a Selena look-alike contest, music by TexasLatino Musica, food and dancing.
Sept. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Parkway, Duncanville. duncanville.com.
The Colombian singer-songwriter brings his Después de Todo tour to D-FW.
Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at Texas Trust CU Theatre, Grand Prairie. Tickets start at $49. axs.com.