Flagstaff fete celebrates Mexican holiday

October 9, 2018 by  

The 15th Annual Celebraciones De La Gente celebration will be coming to a local museum toward the end of October. This weekend long event is a lively celebration of Mexican culture and its traditions.

The day will be replete with unique crafts, fine art, Aztec and Folklorico dancing, and Mariachi music. Kids can make Day of the Dead-themed crafts and there will be many programs reflecting the heritage of residents of Mexican descent. Some participating artists will be Rick Pacheco and his paintings, Irene Dominguez with mixed media, Terri Rodriguez with jewelry, and photography by Gina Santi. Guests at events like these collect business cards from their favorite artists so they can get in touch with them at a later date or for custom work.

The Main Stage will have entertainment on both days, which will get underway with sugar skull decorating. That will be followed by Mariachi Sol Azteca and Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff, and Los Matachines.

On Saturday, the lineup will also include the Mariachi Trio and will end in the evening with Courtyard After Dark, which will be a stroll by candle light through the ofrenda (Mexican altar) displays while enjoying mariachi music. Guests can purchase pan dulce (sweet bread) and Mexican hot chocolate. Everyone is advised to dress warmly.

This event is scheduled for October 20 and 21 from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 North Fort Valley Road.