Viva la Cultura
Arizona's Hispanic and Latino Culture
Experience Arizona's vibrant Hispanic heritage at historic sites and colorful festivals across the state.
Find authentic and award-winning Mexican food in virtually every city and town, as well as local art that celebrates, and is inspired, by "la cultura."
Arizona is practically synonymous with Hispanic culture.
From its earliest days as a settlement, Arizona was shaped largely by the Spanish and Mexican people who controlled the lands. Throughout the state, it remains possible to see evidence of their cultural influence on the food, architecture, language and art.
Especially in Southern Arizona, which maintains close cultural ties to Mexico, things are a little more laid back. It's not uncommon to hear Spanish words mixed with English (often called Spanglish); to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos after Halloween; or to order a pan dulce with your egg omelet. Elsewhere, you'll see Mexican-influenced art in shops and dance to Latin music in clubs as night turns to day.
September 15 - October 15
Hispanic Heritage Month
¡ Viva Tucson!
Celebrate Tucson's Hispanic Heritage Month with events honoring the food, arts, music and culture of Mexico and Latin America. Learn more about the history of Mexican Independence Day and explore Southern Arizona's proud Hispanic heritage.
Mariachi and Folklorico Festival (Chandler)
C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona and Maestra Vanessa Ramirez present this annual event, featuring GRAMMY Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos and 16-member Mariachi Estrella de Mexico, along with a dazzling array of Folklorico dancers.
Food, History y Más
Arts & Entertainment
Tucson's All Souls Procession: a Walk to Remember
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Meet the Maker
Don Guerra of Barrio Bread
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Arts & Entertainment
Walls That Talk
Arizona's public murals reflect their communities with artistry, heart and sometimes humor.
Eat & Drink
Arizona's Salsa Hot Spots
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Eat & Drink
What's a Tamale, Anyway?
While eaten year-round, tamales are truly celebrated during the holiday season when families unite to make, eat and share them.
An Architectural Oasis
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Road Trips & Tours
Eat, Drink, and Explore Tucson and Tombstone
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Chef Maria Mazon Talks Food
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Cities & Towns
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