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Rain or shine the festival will still happen! We hope to see you there! 

Celebrate Tempe's Hispanic Heritage at the


Free Admission
Free Activities

2018 Tempe Tardeada
Sunday, October 7
Noon - 8 p.m.

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



Tardeada Logo SmMission:
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 20th 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.

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 spaces are full.

Become a Food Vendor:
Food vending spaces are full.

Congratulations to our two Tardeada Scholarship winners:
Diana Gomez from Tempe High School and  Jason Bautista Pejay from Tempe High School
Mayor Mark Mitchell and Tempe Fire Union President Don Jongewaard will present both winners with their checks at 3:15 on the main stage.  

Tortilla-Making Demonstration presented by Mama Lola's:
From 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. in the Food Court the Tardeada's Tasty Tortillas ladies will demonstrate how to mix the masa, 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 Mama Lola's for their generous donation of the tortilla dough. 


Children's Activities -- all FREE:
Face Painting
Arts and Craft booths

  • Paper Flowers
  • Cookie sombreros
  • Lucha Libre masks (hosted by the ASU Hispanic Heritage Month committee)

Kid's Place - presented by SRP

  • Inflatables: bounce houses, 24' inflatable slide 
  • The Game Truck

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Coloring Contest
Coloring contest deadline is Monday, September 24th.

Winners will be presented their awards by Mayor Mark Mitchell on the main stage.


Entertainment Line-up

11:55 a.m. – Noon   Welcome!  Bienvenidos!

Emcees:  Normalicia Blanco & Anthony Gutierrez - Mundo Latino Entertainment Productions

Noon – 12:15 p.m.   Tempe High School Mariachi

12:20 – 12:35 p.m.   Folklor y Cultura Mexicana

12:40 – 1:40 p.m.   Chapito Chavarria’s Orchestra

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.   Roping Reynosos

2:05 – 3:05 p.m.   Mariachi Aguila

3:10 – 3:40 p.m.   Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.   Marty & The Party Band

5:05 – 5:25 p.m.   Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.   Power Drive Band

6:35 – 6:55 p.m.   Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.   Power Drive Band (encore performance)

Special guest appearances too!


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Food Vendors:
Come enjoy delicious food at family friendly prices!
Selling their product at the Tardeada will be:
AJ Enterprises, selling Indian Fry Bread
Dave's Killer Kettlecorn, selling Kettlecorn
The Original Burrito Company, selling Red Chili, Green Chili, and Bean Burritos, Chips and Salsa
I Dream of Weenies, selling Hot Dogs, Polish Sausage, Chips
Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse, selling Brisket, Chicken, and Pork Sandwiches, Baby Back Ribs, hot links, Macaroni & Cheese, Beans, Potato Salad
Jamba Juice, selling Strawberry, Chili Mango, and Mango-a-Go-Go Smoothies
Gililland Builder's Club, selling Snowcones, Soda and Water
Paletas Betty, selling Paletas, Agua Vita Drinks
Mi Familia Mexican Food, selling Quesadillas, Flautas, Rice and Beans, Menudo, Churros, Mexican Pastries, Coffee, Horchata


Tardeada Advisory Board:
Yvonne Albidrez
Tommy Albidrez
JoLyn Arredondo-Gibbons
Normalicia Blanco
Cindy Espinoza
Clemmy Gomez
Anthony Gutierrez
Eva Marin
Isabel Ruiz
Hugo Tapia
Wally Torres
Santos Vega

City of Tempe Staff:
Ginny Belousek, Diversity Manager



Thank you to our Sponsors:

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



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