Tlaquepaque Celebrates 45th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque September 9, 2017!

  • By Wendy Lippman
  • 11 Aug, 2017

World-class Music, Flamenco, Folk Dancers and Kid Zone fun!

Mark your calendars for our annual signature event, Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque!   Bring friends and family, including the kids, for a day of non-stop fun and entertainment, celebrating Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is free and parking is available at the Uptown Municipal parking lot with continuous shuttle service to and from Fiesta.
Ballet Folklorico performances at 11 a.m, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Experience the Ballet Folklorico dancers as they whirl and spin in their highly  colorful traditional costumes.  Each dance tells a story and the energy is eclectic. You will find a taco cart near the performance tent to grab a quick snack from El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano.  If you love Flamenco dancing, Tlaquepaque favorites Mosaico Flamenco, accompanied by Gaetano and his band, always gets thunderous applause as the dancers own the stage in their fiercely, heart-pounding dances.  

Amazing Mosaic Flamenco will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gaetano and Mosaico Flamenco will perform form 11 a.m .to 2p.m.
Be sure to check out the ever popular Ritmo Latino - a Tlaquepaque favorite!   Feel free to bust a move when you hear their irresistible Latin sounds: sax, keys, drums and guitar.   
Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. Formed in the fall of 2008 Ritmo La tino is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is comprised of some of the top Latin jazz players in the Southwest region from different backgrounds and nationalities. From their festive up-beat Afro-Caribbean rhythms to their relaxing, soothing Flamenco and Samba sounds, Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time! 

Ritmo Latino will perform from 11 a.m to 2 p.m
Carrying on with the Latin vibe and Spanish flamenco influences, Latino Rebel, literally a foursome of brothers, are masters of reggae, Latin, R&B and the Blues.   Pop over to Tlaquepaque North where you will find them kicking up the heat !   If you need to cool down or get a quick bite to eat stop over at the Pump House Station and Urban Eatery and Market.
Latino Rebel performs at Tlaquepaque North starting at 3 p.m. till 6 p.m.
And Sedona favorite, Eric Miller brings his virtuoso flamenco guitar feats and traditional love songs delighting crowds in Patio de las Campanas.  While listening to Eric's beautiful melodies take this time as an opportunity to peruse and meet our local artists who will be demonstrating their wares in this courtyard.   Ken Rowe , Lynn Heil , Marissa Larisa Aukon , Dane Chinnock, Jan Farnsworth and Kim Kori from Ken Rowe Gallery will be out there sculpting and painting.   Feliz Navidad will host Tom Seiger and Bonnie Jo Moore as well as Elaine Morgan from Eclectic Image Gallery will be out there hand painting her photographs.    
Eric Miller will be performing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Patio de las Campanas
If that isn't enough entertainment, spend some time with Jaleo Band, presenting big sound performances and a spirited fusion of Latin and South American musical traditions, expressed in the rhythmic melodies of salsa, cha-cha, Latin jazz, merengue and cumbia.  Catch them in Patio del Norte but make sure to bring your dancing shoes.  They will be performing from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   Rounding out the day is David Merino and Darius Lux.   David is a gifted guitarist performing his sultry sounds with Mediterranean influence.  Darius combines his love of 60's sonwriting, 70's soul, 80's pop and 90's hip-hop into a current mix of soulful , rock-edged pop tunes.

Be sure to catch the Mariachi Estrellas Del Pacifico as they stroll the arts vlllage and Tlaquepaque North.   The troupe signs with abandon their traditional love songs that express the heart of Old Mexico's musical traditions.
Your kids are in for some great fun as well.  The always cool balloon-twisting -into-animal shapes never gets old.  And by far the most creative face painting you've ever seen will delight kids young and old to no end.   Both will take place  in the Calle Independencia .   And back for another year are free caricature paintings by the talented Jeremy Drysdale., who will create a fun sketch of your child for free in Tlaquepaque North.  It's a big days come join in and celebrate.

Plan to stay all day and dine in any of five excellent restaurants including The Secret Garden Cafe , Rene at Tlaquepaque , El Rincon Mexican Restaurant , Oak Creek Brewery & Grill  and the Pump House Station and Urban Eatery .  No need to leave Fiesta with so many choices.  And for quick bites check out the on-site food vendors providing burritos, popcorn , tacos and more.

Home to more than 45 boutique shops and world-class galleries, and five restaurants , Tlaquepaque, the "Art and Soul" of Sedona, now in its 45th year, is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona.   Open daily from 10 a.m.  For more information call 928-282-4838.
By Wendy Lippman 11 Aug, 2017
Mark your calendars for our annual signature event, Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque!   Bring friends and family, including the kids, for a day of non-stop fun and entertainment, celebrating Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is free and parking is available at the Uptown Municipal parking lot with continuous shuttle service to and from Fiesta.
By Wendy Lippman 02 Aug, 2017
The many fountains in Tlaquepaque offer soothing respite for visitors, especially in the balmy months of summer.  In Old Mexico, fountains were located in the central village square, serving as a place to gather water, meet friends and catch up on the latest news.   Tlaquepaque visionary Abe Miller sought to capture that sense of place and purpose at Tlaquepaque as well.  During special times of the year, its fountains are transformed into spectacular seasonal displays with gourds, vines, roots, squashes and pumpkins in the fall, and trimmings like holly, ornamental balls and handmade signature serape ornaments during the holiday season.  Any time of year the gurgling, splashing water from the fountains brings a magical element to an already magical environment.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Tlaquepaque “Best of Everything” Union!

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There’s nothing quite like falling head over heels in love. Sometimes that love is so strong you just want to run off and get married immediately. Eloping can be crazy and romantic, but there’s still some planning that needs to happen. Yes, it’s true! If you ever considered a destination for your elopement, consider Tlaquepaque’s Chapel in Sedona, Arizona.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings from ceremonies to receptions more and more brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings. Today’s couples are mixing old with the new for ways to make their wedding stand out from the rest. Make your wedding day as special and unforgettable as you both are and put your imagination to good use. Marriage is about two unique individuals coming together as one, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box.

Tlaquepaque has had great brides and grooms with amazing ideas, from dessert bars to candy stations. Ideas range from placing a romantic seating area for the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their evening and guests. You can take it a step further and incorporate sofas and coffee tables to break up a traditional wedding reception set up.

Another great idea so as to not keep your guests waiting taking photos is a First Look. About 70% of couples opt to have a first look before their ceremony. This is where they can capture that special moment and take a minute to breathe and shake off some of that anxiety that has been brewing all day. Some of our photographers have captured some great moments.

We hope you enjoy these ideas and photos.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Guest books have come a long way….

Do something unique and different besides having the boring old paper guest book. Be creative and make “Your Wedding You ” and I think the guest book is a great place to show your personality and have a little fun.

There are so many ideas out there. One if the more popular ideas is using the game Jenga. Using the fun game of Jenga turns blocks into a guest signing success.

You could stack the pieces and have your guests remove their own block and write a message or you could put the pieces into a container of your choice.

There are many ways to create your display, so remember to have fun with it and make it your own. Don’t forget a catchy sign.

Every time you play the game, it will bring back all the memories of your special day for years to come.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Andrea Carusetta, owner and artist of Sedona Cake Couture, created a display cake for Tlaquepaque which is truly amazing and captured the true essence of Tlaquepaque, inspired by the rustic walls and Mexican tile throughout our beautiful village.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017
Tlaquepaque is proud to be one of the newest members of the LGBT Pride Guide. This amazing guide will help you plan your commitment ceremony or wedding. It’s filled with vendors that you can you trust to handle your special day. The guide has Calendar of Events, a 12 month Wedding Planning section, Honeymoon Ideas and a special section, Congrats to all the Newlyweds! Plus much more. The Pride Guide is beautifully done in color. So the next time you see the guide pick it up and check out our ad on page 94. It’s our pleasure to be part of this fabulous community!
By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Here is a gorgeous cake from Sedona Cake Couture In this years wedding color Marsala! Andrea handcrafted all the sugar succulents on this beautiful master piece! Andrea displayed this cake at the Sedona Bridal Show and Boot Camp that was held on January 17,2015 at the Hilton Sedona.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017
The color experts at Pantone have named Marsala — a “naturally robust and earthy wine red” – the color of the year for 2015.

It works wonderfully as a base color for your wedding, and it can be complemented either by warm tones, like orange, yellow, or coral, or cool tones, like blue or purple


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