Celebrate Fiestas Patrias 2023 at Mexican Independence Day events in Houston

Children perform ballet folklorico while crowds watch at Children's Museum Houston
Children's Museum Houston hosts a week of Fiestas Patrias activities and performances | Courtesy of Children's Museum Houston

Mark another year of Mexico’s independence from Spain at Mexican Fiestas Patrias events around Houston from Tuesday, September 12 through Sunday, September 17, 2023.

Officially, Mexico’s 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.

Looking for Hispanic Heritage Month fun? Check out our guide to 50+ events happening now through mid-October.

2023 Mexican Independence Day & Fiestas Patrias Events in Houston

  • Fiestas Patrias WonderWeek at Children’s Museum Houston | Tuesday, September 12 to Sunday, September 17 – Celebrating Mexican Independence Day, this week of activities in the Museum District includes crafts where kids will design their own papel picado flags, create fans, share Mexican sweets, and more. $17 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Houston Farmers Market | Friday, September 15 | FREE – The market on Airline Drive in the Heights honors the month celebrating Hispanic Heritage with an afternoon and evening of local market shopping, face painting, salsa class, Aztec dances, ballet folklorico, and mariachi. 3pm to 9pm.
  • Viva LatinoAmerica Fundraiser Concert at Wonky Power | Friday, September 15 – This East End celebration features local Latin musicians like Orion 224, Vortxz and more performing alongside a bustling market of Latin vendors to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. All ticket sales and donations go toward providing vital health screenings for underserved Latinx individuals in the Houston area. $10 in advance; $12 to $15 at the door. 7pm.
  • Que Onda Magazine Fiesta Mexicana & 30th Anniversary at The Ballroom at Bayou Place | Friday, September 15 – Commemorating three decades of ¡Que Onda! Magazine‘s contributions to the community, this Downtown event celebrates with live performances by renowned Mexican artists and traditional dances, and more. $125. 7pm to midnight.
  • El Grito with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 15 | FREE – Miller’s annual kickoff for Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month returns with a free night of classic Mexican music from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, a 15-member group with a rich legacy of more than 50 years of mariachi music. 7:30pm.
An aerial view of a concert taking place on the Avenida Houston plaza
Avenida Houston celebrates Fiestas Patrias with a Party on the Plaza | Courtesy of Avenida Houston
  • Texas Bonita Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Shop from a curated selection of local vendors at the East End Esplanade, while you take in DJs, ballet folklorico and photo backdrops. 11am to 4pm.
  • Mexico’s Independence Day at El Venado Tacos and Tequila | Saturday, September 16 | No Cover – The Washington Avenue taco spot celebrates Mexico’s independence with a night of loteria, a grito challenge, live DJ, drink specials, a pop-up market and more. 4pm to 1am.
  • Mexico’s Independence Day at Memorial Park Eastern Glades | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Sprawl out at Memorial Park’s Eastern Glades with an evening of delicious food, ballet folklorico, mariachi, crafts, refreshments and more. 5pm to 7pm.
  • Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The Downtown plaza hosts a night celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Mexican Norteño tunes from Grupo Vadenagi and Latin music by Shekere Band. Stop by Discovery Green across the street and you can also shop local vendors at the Flea by Night event. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Dia de la Independencia at East End Backyard | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The sprawling East End patio welcomes a Dies y Sies celebration, complete with mariachi, loteria games, a vendor market, drink specials, food from La Esquina food truck and more. 6:30pm to 2am.
  • Fiesta de Independencia 2023 at Axelrad | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Celebrate Diez y Seis at the outdoor garden of Axelrad, which hosts a night of music from Felipe Galvan, Vanita Leo, and Strawberry Jams alongside local vendors, cocktails and more. 7pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias at Traders Village | Sunday, September 17 | FREE – Celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre at this free event in Northwest Houston featuring mariachi, regional Mexican music, Aztec dancers, ballet folklorico and more. Free to attend; $5 for parking. Noon to 5pm.

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Justin Jerkins
A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.