The Dallas Arboretum will host its fourth-annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration next month, honoring quinceañera fashion and culture.
The event will be held Sept. 4-5 and will include live music, cooking demonstrations — including one with pastry chef Diana Zamora — and food. More than 30 small businesses will be selling their products.
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 with a quinceañera fashion show in the Jonsson Color Garden. Thirty girls from Mexico, Central America, South America and Texas will show off their dresses and talk about their favorite traditions and plans for the future. That’s followed by a parade, when the girls will walk through the garden along with Mariachi Allende. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is set to welcome the girls, their parents and garden visitors.
There will be performances by guitarist Daniel Rodriguez, Manzanilla Flamenca, Havana NRG and Tejano star Gary Hobbs over the weekend. Peru cultural dances will also be performed.
To see a full schedule of events, click here.
Registration is required in advance. Tickets cost $5, but some events, like the Amor y Queso charcuterie class featuring Spanish and Latin American charcuterie board techniques, require an additional fee.
The event precedes Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15 in the United States. Many countries, such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile, celebrate their independence days Sept. 15 or Sept. 16.