Tempe Tardeada dancers
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Celebrate Tempe's Hispanic Heritage
at the Tempe Tardeada


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)



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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 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:

Free booths are available for non-profit organizations. For information about Tardeada booths, please read the Tardeada Booth Information Letter.
To request a booth at the Tardeada, please fill out and return the Tardeada Booth Application Form. For-profit businesses can have a booth at the event by becoming an event sponsor.  Please see the Sponsorship Opportunities section above.

Become a Food Vendor:

The Tardeada is seeking food vendors.  The Tardeada attracts over 10,000 people over the 8-hour time-frame.  If you are interested in participating, please call Ginny Belousek at 480-350-8979.  To become a Tardeada Food Vendor, the following paperwork is required:


Two $1,000 scholarships will be presented to two high school seniors. The winners will be notified in late September, and will be presented with their scholarship at the Tardeada festival on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Winner must be available to attend the Tardeada Festival to accept their check. Applications must be received in the City of Tempe Office of Strategic Management and Diversity by 5:00 p.m. on August 23, 2018.  Five finalists will be selected to be interviewed by the Tardeada Scholarship Selection Committee on September 12th.

To apply for the scholarship, please submit the Tardeada Scholarship Application

Tortilla-Making Demonstration:

From 1:00 - 2:30 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:

Arts and Craft booths
Inflatables: bounce houses, 24' inflatable slide
The Game Truck
Face painting, music and dancing 
Presentation of the Tardeada Coloring Contest awards





Coloring Contest:

Coloring contest form coming soon.  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! Vendor information coming soon


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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