Updated: Sept. 14, 2021
CHANDLER, Ariz. – The City of Chandler’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Division is proud to unveil the launch of “Chandler Contigo” — a month-long program full of family and educational events and activities that honor and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).
The events will be held in various locations throughout the City and there’s something for every age group to enjoy. Mark your calendar for the following events:
- Friday, Sept. 17 – Chandler Contigo Kickoff at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West , 3 S. Arizona Ave., in Downtown Chandler, from 6-9 p.m. Join DJ Vital and get ready to bust a cumbia, show off your moves to salsa hits and dance to several genres of Latin music. As you head downtown, be sure to grab a bite para llevar (to go) from a local eatery and dine in the park. This is a great time to meet the City’s DEI staff, too.
- Friday, Sept. 24 - Chandler Contigo Festival at Galveston Elementary School, 661 E. Galveston St., from 5-9 p.m. Bring your neighbors and stop by for a vibrant and joyous festival that will showcase community, art, music and food from Chandler’s diverse Hispanic community.
- Saturday, Oct. 2 - 22nd Annual Chandler Mariachi and Folklorico Festival (presented by the Chandler Center for the Arts in partnership with C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona and Maestra Vanessa Ramirez) at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Join us for a Chandler tradition and experience the rich cultural history of Mexico through vibrant music and dance. The annual event features the music of Mariachi Tesoro de Tucson, Herencia Mexicana Arizona, and ranchera and mariachi soloist Sandra Guevara, along with folklorico dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ. Buy tickets online.
- Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 – Asian Moon Festival at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural event is in honor of the popular Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated by many East and Southeast Asian communities. Performances, delicious food, artisans and Lucha Libre matches will be part of the fun, along with live entertainment. This two-day event will also showcase the important cultural similarities between the Asian and Latino communities. Visit Diversity Events for an updated entertainment schedule later this month.
- Chandler Contigo also will host a variety of events at Chandler Museum, located at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. Admission is always free.
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Chandler Contigo: Cuentos y Canciones/Stories and Songs: Join Chandler Public Library for a special bilingual story time for the whole family.
- 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Chandler Contigo: Cuentos y Canciones/Stories and Songs - Family Story time featuring the Chandler Mayor: Join Chandler Public Library and Mayor Kevin Hartke for a special bilingual story time for the whole family.
- 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6 – Chandler Contigo: Charcoal Drawing with Miguel Angel Godoy: Come experiment with powdered charcoal and alcohol ink! Miguel Angel Godoy will join Chandler Contigo to lead a drawing class for kids ages 6-16 in conjunction with his exhibition Abstracting Identity at the Chandler Center for the Arts. This event is held in partnership with the Vision Gallery.
- 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 – Chandler Contigo: Adventures of Sophia and Pepe will feature award-winning author Albert Quihuis as he hosts a reading from his storybook series, “The Adventures of Sophia and Pepe,” as well as a talk about heritage and the impact of cultural stories.
- 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 – Chandler Contigo: Treasure Map to Your Life and Legacy will feature award-winning author Albert Quihuis as he hosts an interactive presentation of his newly published Legacy Journal. Attendees will be able to follow the author while he shows them how to chart their own heritage and continue their heritages legacy.
- 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 – Families are invited to Chandler Contigo: Family Movie Night featuring "Coco" at Chandler Museum for this free viewing of a classic story about how a family is at the forefront of Latino culture.
- 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 – Chandler Contigo: Celebrating Latin Dance & Culture will feature a salsa dancing presentation from a local dance group, as well as craft/maker stations related to family and heritage.
- Saturday, Oct. 9 – Chandler Contigo: Community Resource Fair at Compass Christian Church, The Grid, 824 W. Germann Road, from 3-7 p.m. Chandler Contigo, in partnership with Compass Church, will host a community resource fair for residents of all backgrounds to come out and enjoy entertainment, family-friendly activities and get connected to a wide variety of resources and services.
For more information about Chandler Contigo (including updated times for events at the Chandler Museum) or other cultural events, visit Diversity Events or residents can contact Cisco Luzania with the City’s DEI Division at 480-782-4367.
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer