Austinites will commemorate the 208th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain with celebrations across the city. Here are five ways to celebrate the Dieciséis holiday.
1. Fiesta de El Grito
Consul General of Mexico Carlos González Gutiérrez will be at the Capitol’s south lawn Saturday evening as he re-enacts the traditional cry for independence, or “El Grito,” has become an Austin tradition.
Saturday’s free family-friendly event, presented by the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation and the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, will feature musical and dance performances as well as food vendors starting at 6 p.m. The celebration includes a special presentation by Univision TV personality Tony Dandrades.
2. Sahara Lounge show
Those who enjoy celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a dance party should head to the Sahara Lounge on Saturday. Austin Latin alternative band Son de Rey will perform a special “El Grito” show honoring pop culture icon Selena Quintanilla Pérez.
Son de Rey will feature guest vocalist Vanessa Burden. Doors open at 9 p.m. The $8 cover also includes an African buffet.
3. Viva Mexico Festival
There’s something for everyone at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s Viva Mexico celebration Saturday from 5-9 p.m.
The center will host a special concert in honor of rising accordion prodigy Anthony Ortiz Jr., who died last summer after a 10-month battle with cancer. Featured performances include his family’s band, Mariachi Corbetas, and pop-rock artist Lesly Reynaga.
Festivalgoers can wrap up the night at the center’s opening reception at 7 p.m. of “La Yerba Buena” exhibit by Peter Ortiz, whose artwork is inspired by his Montopolis neighborhood upbringing. Attendees will be treated to a special reunion show of the local cumbia band Cerronato.
4. Conjunto Los Pinkys performance
Follow the squeezebox-heavy grooves to Little Mexico Restaurant (2304 South First St.), where Austin Hall of Famers Conjunto Los Pinkys will perform 2-6 p.m. Sunday. The beloved band, which has been heating up dance floors for more than 20 years, has enjoyed a loyal following and popular residencies at various local music venues throughout the years. Catch the $10 show every third Sunday of the month at Little Mexico.
5. Dieciséis at ACC
Holiday festivities continue Monday at Austin Community College’s Riverside Campus from noon to 1 p.m. Former state Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, who served in the Legislature from 1975 to 2007, will serve as the celebration’s guest speaker.
The free event will showcase music by Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto and performances by Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico.