Phoenix Arizona


Tempe celebrates its Hispanic Heritage with the Ninth Annual Tempe Tardeada by azhttp

TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe invites the public to attend the Ninth Annual Tempe Tardeada Festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, to celebrate and recognize Tempe’s Hispanic roots. What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Tempe’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Tempe Tardeada will take place at the Tempe Community Complex, 3500 S. Rural Road, located on the southwest corner of Southern Ave. and Rural Road.

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the festival’s goal is to offer an opportunity to celebrate and experience the legacy of Tempe’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits. The entertainment stage will feature Latin music ranging from traditional mariachi and boleros, to salsa and Latin dance music. Performers set to appear include Power Drive, Mariachi Tierra del Sol, Chapito Chavarŕia & his Orchestra, and New Frequency Band.

Dance will highlight the event with performances by Folklory Cultura Mexicana, Zumba and the ASU Latin Show Team Club. In addition, the Frank School 4th and 5th Grade Choir, accompanied by Alicia M. Blanca will perform “God Bless America.”

Free activities for children will include colorful crafts celebrating the Hispanic heritage, face painting, balloon animals, inflatables an obstacle course, and The Game Truck. In addition, the Tardeada Coloring Contest, sponsored by the United Phoenix Firefighters –Tempe Chapter and the Tempe Police Officer’s Association will showcase their winners, and the Fifth Annual Tempe Tardeada Scholarship, sponsored by the United Phoenix Firefighters – Tempe Chapter, will be awarded to two local high school students.

Another popular attraction at the event is The Tempe Historical Museum’s exhibit of the Hispanic Family History Albums Project.

Food vendors will have a variety of delicious Mexican foods for sale at family-friendly prices in a shaded, air-conditioned food court, sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery. In addition, a tortilla-making demonstration will be offered, along with recipe cards.

For more information about the Tempe Tardeada, call 480/350-8979 or visit the website at www.tempe.gov/tardeada.

For Spanish call 480/350-5515 and for TDD call 480/350-5050.


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