Fiestas Patrias at Children's Museum Houston

September 8, 2023

Join the fiesta with “Grito” reenactment, live mariachi,  ballet folklorico, and piñata workshop in celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day!

Saturday, Sept. 16 beginning at 11a.m.

Sponsored by McDonald’s Houston

Funded in part by City of Houston through Houston Art Alliance

Presented by Univision Houston

Join Children’s Museum Houston for fiesta, freedom and ballet folklórico as we commemorate Mexico’s “Fiestas Patrias.” On Sept. 15, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo climbed atop a church and encouraged people to fight for Mexico’s independence, which was then declared the next day.  This “cry” for liberty marks Miguel Hidalgo’s famous “Grito de Dolores,” and it’s celebrated with music, fireworks and parades.  Fiestas Patrias marks the Museum’s first of many events during National Hispanic Heritage Month.



Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico: Take delight in Mexico’s vibrant dances!

Event Times:  11 a.m. and noon in Kids’ Hall Alcove.


DIY Piñata Workshop:  No celebration is complete without this colorful papier-mâché icon.

Event Times:  11:30 a.m., 12:30,3, 4 and 5 p.m. in Alexander Art Academy.

Mariachi Jarabe Tapatio: Enjoy the dynamic sounds of a Mexican celebration!  

Event Time:  1 and 2:40 p.m. in Kids’ Hall Alcove.


Grito Reenactment:  Watch as we reenact the “Grito de Dolores”—the cry for Mexico’s independence.

Event Time:  2:30 p.m. in Kids’ Hall Alcove.


Las Américas Ballet Folklórico:  Enjoy Mexico’s colorful and traditional dances.

Event Time:  2:30 p.m. in Kids’ Hall Alcove.


Ronald McDonald’s Shoe Car and Soccer Goal:  Snap a selfie with the iconic vehicle and play games!

Event Time:  All day.

***Events and times subject to change.