Fiestas Patrias, a celebration of Mexico’s independence from Spain, is kicked off each year by “El Grito,” the battle cry that launched the Mexican War of Independence in 1810. The ceremonial exclamation “Viva México!” happens on September 15, the eve of the country’s official Independence Day holiday, which is celebrated with parades, music, fireworks, family gatherings, and food. The tradition is celebrated by many around the world, but no city does it better than Houston, which has a grand list of Fiestas Patrias events including folk dancing, concerts, and more. (OK, maybe Mexico does it better, but still.)
Thursday, September 15 | 8 p.m. | Miller Outdoor Theatre | Free
Attend the Grito ceremony at Miller Outdoor Theatre followed by a performance by five-piece sibling group Son Rompe Pera. The group is at the forefront of the contemporary international cumbia scene, as they take what they learned in their youth to new heights. The performance will also be live streamed, in case you can’t make it to the venue.
Thursday, September 15 | 9 p.m.–Midnight | Monkey’s Tail | Free
In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Monkey’s Tail will serve a round of Mexican Candy shots for all guests at 11 p.m. for “El Grito,” kicking off the party featuring music of Beat Sicarios who will be mixing up Cumbia dance magic from 9 pm to 12 am. 5802 Fulton Street, Houston, TX 77009.
Friday, September 16 | 5 p.m. | Telomarket | Free
Grocery store Telomarket in Greater Fifth Ward joins the Mexican Independence Day celebration with free food, Folklorico performances, music, raffles, and more.
Friday, September 16 | All Day | Spanish Village | $5+
Why limit the celebrations to one day? Spanish Village, one of Houston’s oldest Mexican food restaurants, will host a two-day fiesta. On Friday, September 16, the restaurant will serve up delicious El Clásico Enchiladas for $11 and will feature Mariachis from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, September 17, famous Spanish Village Margaritas will be available for $5. 4720 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77004.
Saturday, September 17 | 10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Children’s Museum Houston | $15
Want your kids to learn all about Independence Day traditions? Check out the Children’s Museum’s Fiestas Patrias celebration. The event will feature mariachi, a Grito ceremony, Ballet Folklórico, art, and more.
Saturday, September 17 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center | $15
Celebrate the birth of Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala with activities such as a colorful Mexican folk-art tradition known as Mola, and a dance performance.
Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 | All Day | El Venado | $21
New Washington Ave. hotspot El Venado will celebrate Mexican Independence Day and its official grand opening with food, activities, and delicious cocktails. In addition to the daily menu, El Venado will be serving up Parrilladas—carne asada, sausage, and chicken cooked on a mesquite grill and served with peppers and charro beans. This dish will be available all weekend for $21 in addition to happy hour pricing. Select tequila cocktails will also be upgraded to 1800 Cristalino at no additional cost.