An Austin tradition continues Saturday and Sunday September 13 and 14 at Fiesta Gardens with this year’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration. Now in its 36th year, the annual event presented by Fiestas Patrias of Austin celebrates Mexican Independence day with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, music and entertainment.
This year’s lineup includes many local Tejano favorites and Sunday features a lineup mixing grupero, Norteño, and other styles more popular with a Mexican audience. Here’s a look at the schedule, which may be subject to change:
Saturday September 13:
12:30 p.m. Knights
1:30 p.m. Cinco Doce
2:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico de Mari Cruz
3:00 p.m. Son de Rey
4:15 p.m. Mariachi Los Toros
6:00 p.m. Yayo Castillo y Grupo Rumores
7:45 p.m. Tierra Tejana
9:30 p.m. A.T. Boyz
Sunday’s September 14:
12:15 p.m. Grupo Banduco
1:15 p.m. El Polvo del Norte
2:00 p.m. La Nueva Serie
3:00 p.m. El Sol de Tierra Caliente
4:00 p.m. La Flama de Tejupilco
5:00 p.m. Grupo Autenticos de Tierra Caliente
6:00 p.m. Profecia Nortena
7:00 p.m. Las Estrellas de Tierra Caliente
8:00 p.m. La Clave de Mexico
9:30 p.m. Hugo Cesar “Ganador de Tengo Talento” Azteca America
Long story short: Another great family event at Fiesta Gardens with a wide variety of groups and genres. A rare Austin performance by newly-reunited Tierra Tejana is well worth the cover on Saturday by itself.
Fiesta Gardens is located at 1900 E Jesse E. Segovia Street, at the intersection with Chicon Street, on the banks of Lady Bird Lake in East Austin. Saturday admission is free until 4 p.m. and $7 per person after 4 p.m. Sunday admission is $10 until 4 p.m. and “a little more” after 4 p.m. Children under 12 are free with paying adults and all ages are welcome. For more information, visit diezyseis.org.