Celebrate Fiestas Patrias 2022 at Mexican Independence Day events around Houston

A previous folklórico performance at Miller Outdoor's Grito ceremony | Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre

Mark another year of Mexico’s independence from Spain at Mexican Fiestas Patrias events around Houston from Sunday, September 11 to Saturday, September 17, 2022.

Officially, Mexico’s official patriotic independence day holidays begin the evening of September 15, kicked off by the symbolic Grito de Dolores. The name comes from Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the village of Dolores, whose call out (the grito) for an end to Spanish rule triggered the Mexican War of Independence in 1810.

Fifteen years later, the Republic of Mexico chose that historic event as the start of their independence, selecting the day that followed it, Diez y Seis de Septiembre, as Mexico’s Dia de la Independencia.

We’ve gathered a handful of the Fiestas Patrias events taking place around Houston, where you can catch stunning concert performances, folk dancing, and more.

Mexican Independence Day & Fiestas Patrias 2022 Events in Houston

  • Fiestas Patrias 2022 at Traders Village | Sunday, September 11 | FREE – Celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre ahead of the holiday at this free event in Northwest Houston, featuring mariachi, regional Mexican music, Aztec dancers and more. Free to attend; $5 for parking. Noon to 5pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias Live Concerts at Escapade 2001 | Sunday, September 11 | FREE – One of several live concerts taking place across the country, this event features tons of music acts, including La Fiera de Ojinaga, Secretto, La Arrolladora and much more. Parking is $20. Noon to 9pm.
  • Las Fiestas Patrias at PlazAmericas | Sunday, September 11 | FREE – The Sharpstown shopping plaza hosts a Sunday afternoon celebration hosted by Mario Bezares and featuring live music from Mariachi Perla Tapatia and Folklorico dance performances. 1pm to 5pm.
  • El Grito, featuring Son Rompe Pera at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, September 15 | FREE | Virtual Option – The annual Grito ceremony returns to the Hermann Park stage followed by Son Rompe Pera, the Mexico City five-piece that pushes cumbia into the contemporary. This performance can also be view online via livestream. 7pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias at Telomarket | Friday, September 16 | FREE – In Greater Fifth Ward, the grocery store on Lyons Avenue carves out some space for a Fiestas Patrias celebration that features free food, folkloric dance performances, music and raffle prizes. 5pm.
  • Dia de la Independencia at East End Backyard | Friday, September 16 | No Cover – EaDo’s massive 16,000 square foot patio welcomes a Dies y Sies celebration, complete with a live DJ, loteria games, drink specials, an open jam session, and more. 6pm to 2am.
  • Fiestas Patrias at Children’s Museum Houston | Saturday, September 17 – Take part in a Fiestas Patrias celebration in the Museum District, featuring traditional mariachi, a Grito ceremony, Ballet Folklórico, art activities and more. Included with general admission; $15 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 3pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias at Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center | Saturday, September 17 – In Fort Bend, Intempo dance brings a traditional performance at 11am and 1pm, and kiddos can take part in a mola activity, crafting colorful art based on the traditions of Indigenous people from the San Blas islands of Panama. Included with general admission; $15 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.