A celebration of Latin culture, Fall 2015

Waco's Arts and Cultural organizations have joined forces to present a Latin Cultural Celebration with top Hispanic artists alongside local talent through Fall 2015. There's something for everyone, and something every day of the week from Mexican Independence Day on September 16th through to the end of November. Most of these events are family-friendly and many of them are FREE. What's not to love!


September 16: Mexican Independence Day Celebration

5:30-7:30pm | Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 915 LaSalle.

The Waco Hispanic Museum is serving cake and drink to celebrate September 16th Mexican Independence Day. There will also be a history lesson about El Grito de Dolores. FREE entry.

September 17 (& every Thursday): Mariachi Azteca at Taqueria Mexicano Grill

7:30-9:00pm | Taqueria Mexicano Grill, Central Texas Market Place

If you are in the mood for some Mariachi music and Mexican food, Waco's very own Mariachi Azteca will be playing at Taqueria Mexicano Grill on Thursdays. FREE entry.

September 19: Fiesta On The Fairways

7:30am-2:00pm | Battle Lake Golf Course

All your favorite activities rolled into one fiesta event! Not your typical golf tournament!  From music to margaritas and new, never-seen challenges. $100 for individuals, $350 for teams of 4. contact Dave Ulman at DUlman@TexDocSol.com.

September 19-October 4: Rodolfo Razo y Jesus Rivera

Tuesday-Saturday 11:00am-6:00pm | Art Forum of Waco1826 Morrow Ave.

The Art Forum of Waco presents an exhibition of art by award-winning Mexican artists Rodolfo Razo and Jesus Rivera. Select works are offered for sale. FREE entry.

September 20: El Festival De Fiestas Patrias 2015

4:00pm 'til late | Extraco Event Center

Fun for the whole family in celebration of Mexico’s Independence. Music, moonwalks, soft drinks and Mexican snacks. FREE entry.

September 20 (& every Sunday): Historia Hispanica

1:00pm-4:00pm | Fort House, 503 S. 4th St.

An Exhibition Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and History in Waco: Presented by the Historic Waco Foundation and the Waco Hispanic Museum. Exhibition entry is FREE. Tours of the house are $3.

 September 25-27: Waco Cultural Arts Fest

Indian Spring Park & Waco Convention Center

This year's Festival features international award-winning poet and former Police Officer, Sarah Cortez, and celebrated Latin-fusion band, Tequila Rock Revolution with Haydn Vitera. The Waco Cultural Arts Fest features six different festivals in one festival.  ARTSFEST (includes Art Mart, Art for All, Art Demonstrations), MUSICFEST (on the Indian Spring Park Amphitheatre), {254}DANCE-FEST, WORDFEST, SCIENCEFEST, and FILMFEST.  FREE entry.

October 2: First Friday Downtown

6:00-9:00pm | Businesses along Austin & Franklin Avenues, Downtown Waco

October's monthly downtown First Friday festivities will have a Latin flavor! Anthem Artisan Market, CAST, Waco Hippodrome, Christi'sMuddle, TrueLove, Dichotomy, Barnett's and The Hilton all have live music and will be open late. You can enjoy wonderful local food, wines and craft beers, glitzy cocktails, crafts, art, food trucks, antiques, and much more. FREE entry.

October 3-4: Be a Cultural Archaeologist! La Pila Excavation

9:00am-5:00pm | Indian Springs Middle School, corner of University Parks Drive & Jefferson Street

Join professional archaeologists and members of the community as they excavate "La Pila," the historic fountain that was the cultural center of the Calle Dos (Second Street) neighborhood that was destroyed during Urban renewal projects in the 1950s. It is hoped that enough of the fountain is intact that it may be left unearthed as a monument to the area’s Hispanic legacy. A plaque and benches are planned in the future. The project is supported by the Waco Hispanic Museum, Central Texas Archaeological Resources, Waco Independent School District, Indian Springs Middle School, and the City of Waco. For further Information call (254) 405-5543. 

 October 6-November 15: Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection including work by Luis Jimenez

The Martin Museum of Art will present an exhibition of selections from the Joe A. Diaz Art Collection. For over 30 years, San Antonio art collector, Joe Diaz, has been collecting contemporary Latino art focusing on emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibition includes a gallery of work by the renowned artist, Luis Jimenez (1940-2006), known for his colorful fiberglass sculptures and lithographs. Jimenez was strongly influenced by native and Latino cultures, offering a narrative social commentary exploring characters and stereotypes. His work is in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A reception with remarks by Joe A. Diaz will be from 5:30-7pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015. Martin Museum of Art, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, Baylor University, Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday: 10am - 4pm, Sunday: 1pm - 4pm, FREE entry .


October 27: Dia de los Muertos Photogram Workshop

11:00am-2:00pm | Martin Museum, Baylor University

A chance for visitors to get into the spirit of Dia de Los Muertos and experience photographic processes first hand inside our Baylor Art Department photography studio. After creating your own Muertos themed image on transparency, head into the darkroom to watch as our photography department exposes your image and take it home as a keepsake from the Martin Museum of Art. 

October 31-November 7: Dia de los Muertos 

Daily, 11:00am-6:00pm | Art Forum of Waco1826 Morrow Ave

Join Art Forum of Waco, as they celebrate Dia de los Muertos through art and traditional stories,  events and activities. There will be an opening event 6-9:00pm, Saturday October 31st. 

October 28: Hispanic Heritage Month Banquet 

6:00-9:00pm, Barfield Sub, Baylor University

The Baylor University Hispanic Student Association’s formal banquet to celebrate the contributions that Hispanics have made in America. Baylor students $12, all others $20. Contact Steven Rodriguez for tickets at (830) 752-7519 or Steven_Rodriguez1@baylor.edu.

November 7: Sugar Skull Painting Class 

5:00-7:00pm | The Art Center of Waco

The Art Center of Waco and Paint the Town Waco teach participants to paint a sugar skull on canvas based on a design by Sarah Weatherly. Music and refreshments provided. Art Center of Waco, on the MCC campus, $30 per person. 

With many thanks to the following organizations for making this promotion possible!