Let's get one thing straight: Mexican Independence Day is not Cinco de Mayo as many Americans believe (seriously, stop doing that!). It is the 16th of September, or Dieciseis de Septiembre, and a day when Mexicans across the globe celebrate Mexico's independence from Spanish rule.
Unfortunately, Mexican Independence Day is blurred this year by the start of Arizona Restaurant Week, which begins on Saturday, September 15. But that doesn't mean there aren't a few spots in the Valley where one can fiesta proper. Here are three of our favorites:
This local chain is celebrating Mexican Independence Day at its Chandler location in the Crossroads Shopping Center from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. The outdoor festival will feature mariachi music, a homemade salsa competition, live entertainment, local art, and authentic cuisine (plus, Paletas Betty will be there, too) with all proceeds benefiting local Chicano art programs at Xico. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased for $8 here or at the door for $10. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.