El Grito de Dolores at City Hall

El Grito de Dolores , the cry for Freedom from Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the  parish priest of Dolores marked the beginning of Mexico’s War for Independence from Spain.  The famous cry and bell ringing is reenacted every year with the historic cry and bell ringing throughout Mexico and from the steps of LA City Hall.  The celebration continues with a festival that is held  across the street into Grand Park that also acknowledges the celebration of  independence for the countries of Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

When: Sept 16, 2016, 5:30 pm

Where: LA City Hall steps, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA and Grand Park

Cost:  Free

Info: www.culturela.org www.facebook.com/HeritageLA, (213) 202-5500

Mexican Independence Parade and Festival in East LA

Street parade at 10:30 am followed by a street festival on Mednik between Cesar E. Chavez and First from 11 am to 5 pm.

When: Sept 18, 2016, parade 10 am – 1:30 pm, festival 11 to 5 pm

Where: Along Cesar Chavez Ave from Mednik to Gage in East Los Angeles

Cost: Free

Info: www.cmcplosangeles.org

Fiestas Patrias Mexican Independence Day on Olvera Street at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

The annual celebration of Mexican Independence Day includes live music, dancing, carnival games and rides and exhibit booths. On Friday there is entertainment on the gazebo stage at Plaza Kiosko. The rest of the weekend, the event also takes over Los Angeles Street and Main Street.

When: Sept 16-18, 2016, Fri 11 am – 5 pm, Sat noon – 8 pm

Where: Olvera Street Plaza, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Downtown LA

Cost: Free

Metro: Red Line to Union Station

Info: www.elpueblo.lacity.org