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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque set for Sept. 10

Amidst the colorful swirl of dancers in costume and the upbeat and intricate sounds of Latin influenced music, visitors to Fiesta del Tlaquepaque are in for an unforgettable experience.

The 32nd annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque will take place at Tlaquepaque on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The celebration in honor of Mexican Independence Day will feature the sounds of Nosotros, roaming mariachi group Mariachi Colonial, and the Flamenco music and dance of Mosaico Flamenco. In addition, visitors will experience the sights of Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan, the Roping Reynosos, and Oliver the Clown. A variety of food vendors will also be on hand with an array of delectable refreshments.

The Roping Reynosos begin the entertainment at 10:30 a.m. The family act will delight visitors with an exciting show of traditional Mexican rodeo style roping at Plaza de la Fuente. They will also perform at 1 p.m.

At 11:30 a.m., Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan will take center stage at Plaza de la Fuente. The dance ensemble creates a visually stunning production through the use of colorful authentic costume and indigenous and European influenced dance. Ballet Folklorico Mexicapan will have encore performances at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Leading the afternoon entertainment, Mosaico Flamenco will perform at noon and 4 p.m. at Patio del Norte. A renowned Arizona musical group, Mosaico Flamenco combines the musical influence of Spain and South America into signature contemporary Flamenco music and fiery dances.

New this year to the celebration, Oliver the Clown will perform at 12:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. Considered one of the finest and most entertaining mimes by anyone who has ever seen him perform, Oliver transcends ages, borders, and nationalities.

Patio de las Campanas will feature the music of Nosotros from 2 to 6 p.m. An accomplished ensemble of musicians, Nosotros brings to life the music of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chili, Ecuador, Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela, and Mexico.

Adding to the festive atmosphere will be the roaming mariachis, Mariachi Colonial, who will provide the sounds of old Mexico from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. as they wander through the streets of Tlaquepaque.

Face painting will be available for kids from noon to 4 p.m. Traditional food and refreshments will be available from El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, The Secret Garden, and Oak Creek Brewery & Grill.

Free shuttle service will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between Tlaquepaque and the Uptown municipal parking lot located on Apple Road between Jordan Road and Arizona 89A. Admission to the event is free.

"The Art and Soul of Sedona," Tlaquepaque is the home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, visited by more than one million tourists each year.

For more information, contact Tlaquepaque at (928) 282-4838 or

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