World-class Music, Flamenco, Folk Dancers and Kid Zone Fun!
Sedona AZ (August 31, 2016) – Twirling dancers in brilliantly colored traditional Mexican folk costumes, the pounding rhythms of fiery, sensuous flamenco, strolling mariachis delighting the crowds, music galore and the scents and tastes of Old Mexico. It’s time for Fiesta del Tlaquepaque! This year’s Sedona signature event takes place Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is free and a good parking option is available at the Uptown municipal parking lot with continuous shuttle service to and from Fiesta during the hours of the event.
Gather your family and friends and come celebrate Mexican Independence Day in grand style at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. For the first time, the beautiful, newly completed Tlaquepaque North will be part of the fun. For over four decades the Sedona community and fortunate visitors have enjoyed the rousing music, dances and cultural expressions from Old Mexico. Tlaquepaque, authentically fashioned after a charming Mexican village of the same name, is a world-renowned shopping destination and also has the distinction of hosting some of the most popular cultural fiestas and festivals in the region.
The kids will be thrilled by two favorite pastimes, balloon twisting into cool animal shapes and by the most imaginative face painting you’ve ever seen. Both will take place along Calle Independencia. Back for another year are caricature paintings by the talented Jeremy Drysdale, who will create a fun sketch of your child for free in Tlaquepaque North.
Of course, Tlaquepaque’s boutiques and art galleries offer an adventure in discovery and an education in the art and beauty of handcrafted items, many available only at Tlaquepaque. Plan to stay all day and dine in one of five excellent restaurants, each with its own scrumptious cuisine to please the entire family! Be sure to head across the street to Tlaquepaque North and check out the new shops and the excellent fare at the Pump House Station Urban Eatery.
Entertainment Line-up by Tlaquepaque location
Patio de Norte:
Gaetano Mosaico Flamenco, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. Hugely popular Mosaico’s seasoned, high-energy flamenco dancers perform with unbridled zeal and passion to thunderous applause. Grab a spot early!
Ritmo Latino, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Enjoy Ritmo’s festive up-beat Afro-Caribbean rhythms, their relaxing, soothing flamenco and samba sounds, and the easy-to-dance-to music of Latin percussion with the exceptional vocals of Andres Martinez.
Le Fuente (at the end of Calle Independencia):
Ballet Folklorico de Colores, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. These traditional dances from rural villages in Old Mexico are passed down from generation to generation. Enjoy the gorgeously crafted, brightly colored costumes and multi-aged dancers for big fun!
Jaleo Band, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. With an ensemble of seven additional musicians, Jaleo offers big-sound performances and a true melding of Latin and South American musical traditions, expressed in the rhythmic melodies of salsa, cha-cha, Latin jazz, merengue and cumbia.
Patio de Las Campanas:
David Merino, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. New to the Tlaquepaque line-up, enjoy this gifted guitarist and his sultry sounds with a Mediterranean influence.
Eric Miller, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Sedona’s own Eric Miller, brings his high-flying flamenco guitar to the delight of crowds wherever he goes!
Patio de Las Rosas:
Mariachi La Familia Rojas, 2:00pm to 4:00pm Mariachi La Familia Rojas. All heart and lots of soul, the Mariachis will be roaming the streets and patios of Tlaquepaque and Tlaquepaque North playing Old Mexico favorites.
Mariachi La Familia Rojas, 10:00 am to 12:00.
Johnny Hot Shot, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Now for something completely different, this zany, over-the-top show, features Johnny and his impressive sharpshooting, (blanks only), six-gun spinning, and joke-making performance that you’ll be talking about for days.
Jeremy Drysdale will be doing caricature drawings 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
David Merino, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Enjoy this gifted guitarist and his sultry sounds with a Mediterranean influence.
Pump House Urban Eatery (back patio):
Latino Rebel Band, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Three brothers and their dad love to perform, and their lively crowds really get into it. They will rock the place and get your blood moving!
Home to 50 shops and galleries and five restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 44th year and is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit: www.tlaq.com.