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Celebrate Tempe's Hispanic Heritage at the


Free Admission
Free Activities

2015 Tempe Tardeada
Sunday, October 4
Noon - 8 p.m.

Tempe Community Complex
3500 S. Rural Road
(Southwest corner of Rural Road and Southern Avenue)


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 To Identify and Recognize the Hispanic Historical Roots of Tempe and Educate the Community with a Celebration of the Hispanic Culture.

About the Tardeada:
This year's Tempe Tardeada is the City of Tempe's 17th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival.  A tardeada is a social dance that is traditionally held on Sunday afternoons.  This event is the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrates the historical significance of Hispanics within our community.  The event features many free activities such as live entertainment, dancing, arts and crafts, face painting, inflatables, The Game Truck, and the Tempe History Museum's Family Albums exhibit.  In addition, food vendors sell delicious foods at family-friendly prices.

Take UBER to the Tardeada!
Free first ride up to $20 when you sign up using the code TardeadaEnglish flyerSpanish flyer.

Sponsorship Opportunities:
The Tempe Tardeada appreciates the partnerships it has formed with local businesses. Without the support of our sponsors it would not be possible to provide this wonderful free, family-friendly event. Please consider supporting the Tempe Tardeada with a sponsorship today! Sponsorship Packet.

Booth Information:
Booth reservations are no longer available.  The event is full.

Ballet Folklorico Lessons:
Free ballet folklorico lessons provided by Folklor y Cultura Mexicana dance group will be available at 1:15 p.m. in the Edna Vihel Center for the Arts immediately following the Folklor y Cultura Mexicana performance.

Tortilla-Making Demonstration:
At 1:30 p.m. in the Food Court the Tardeada's Tasty Tortillas ladies will demonstrate how to roll out tortilla dough and grill them.  Guests can try their hand in rolling out their tortillas, and after they are cooked for you, they are yours to eat. Thank you to CC Foods for their generous donation of the tortilla dough.

Children's Activities -- all FREE:
Arts and Craft booths -- Paper flowers, ojo de Dios (god's eye yarn craft) and Lucha Libre masks (hosted by the ASU
                                    Student and Cultural Engagement committee)
Inflatables: bounce houses, 24' inflatable slide
The Arizona Cardinals Game zone for kids
The Game Truck
Face painting by Foot-z the Clown
Music and dancing
Presentation of the Tardeada Coloring Contest awards

Coloring Contest - presented by SRP
Youth, ages 5 - 12 are encouraged to submit an entry in the Tardeada Coloring Contest. Simply draw a picture of something that reminds you of Tempe's Hispanic history. Winners will receive a $25 Target gift card and certificate signed by Mayor Mark Mitchell. Winners will be invited on stage with the Mayor at the Tardeada festival on October 6th. Coloring contest instruction sheet. Coloring contest sheet. Read Tempe's Hispanic History, to assist you in your coloring contest entry. Entries must be received by September 19.  Please mail your entry to the Tempe Diversity Office, attn: Ginny Belousek, 31 E. Fifth Street, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Entertainment Line-up

Tardeada Line up 

























Food Vendors:
Tempe High Boosters, selling raspadas and soda
Kooltwists, selling Ice cream cones, root beer floats, sundaes, slushies and Italian Sodas
Glenwood Foods, selling Green Chili Beef Burritos, Red Chili Beef Burritos, Chile Chicken Burritos, Beef and Chicken 
  Gorditas, Roasted Corn
Dough Mama, selling Pizza (cheese, pepperoni, Pesto), side salads
King Churro, selling churros
Gilligan's Kettle Corn, selling kettle corn
Tia Shorty's Mexican Food, selling street tacos and crunchy tacos, rice and beans
Paletas Betty, selling Paletas (frozen fruit pops)
Jamba Juice, selling Fruit Smoothies
Mas a Mas, selling Indian Fry Bread, Navajo Tacos
Fette, selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and beef kabobs, fries, chicken tenders, fried fish, fruit cups, horchata, lemonade
Des's Kitchen, selling Nachos, tostadas, flautas, tamales, rice and beans
**we are not accepting additional food vendors -- the event is full


Scholarship -- Presented by US Bank
Two $1,000 scholarships will be presented to two high school seniors. Winners will be announced the week of September 22nd. Winners will be presented with their scholarship by Mayor Mark Mitchell on the Tardeada Festival's main stage. Scholarship Application Form

Tardeada Advisory Board:

Yvonne Albidrez
Tommy Albidrez
Joe Arredondo
JoLyn Arredondo-Gibbons
Normalicia Blanco
Dora Bustoz
Manny Bustoz
Manny Bustoz, Jr.
Cindy Espinoza
Clemmy Gomez
Anthony Gutierrez
Eva Marin
Isabel Ruiz
Jaxinta Shaffer
Hugo Tapia
Santos Vega


Thank you to our Sponsors:




























Press Release

Tempe Hispanic History, as presented by the Tempe History Museum.