Annual Events

In addition to classes and workshops presented quarterly, Plaza de la Raza produces annual events for the community.


2013 Plaza Summer Nights
Fri 7/26 :: Fri 8/16 :: Fri 8/30 @ 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
350 attendees per performance

Fri 7/26 featuring Inspiraciones De Danza Mexicana :: Plaza Youth Salsa Band :: La Gran Sonora Dinamita
Fri 8/16 featuring Hermanos Herrera :: Plaza Folklorico Ensemble :: Folklor Pasion Mexicana :: Plaza Youth Mariachi
Fri 8/30 featuring Chicano Batman :: Los Fabulocos :: Plaza Youth Rock

Since 1992, magical evenings of traditional Latin American music have been presented live on Plaza’s outdoor stage near the lake for families. Tickets are $10 per concert or $25 for the series, and are sold in advance online through Brown Paper Tickets. Doors open at 7:00 PM. Music starts promptly at 7:30 PM. Food, drinks, artisan crafts, and artwork for sale.

2013 Target Feria de la Familia
Sun 9/22 @ 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
25,000 kids and adults

Thousands of kids and their family members converge at Plaza de la Raza in East L.A. to enjoy and celebrate the sounds, sights, and traditions of Latino art and culture. Festival highlights include musical and dance performances, youth art activities, storytelling, and mural making.

2013 Con Nuestras Manos/With Our Hands Student Exhibit
Sun 9/22 thru Fri 12/13
On view free of charge Mon-Thu 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Fri 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sat 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Community Reception on Fri 9/20 @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM(150 family members)
Margo Albert Theatre Lobby

Since 2000, Plaza de la Raza has hosted an annual student exhibition featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, and folk art by more than 100 local youth, ages 5–19 years. On view for eight to ten weeks, all artworks in the exhibition are created during Plaza’s after-school programs, which are taught by professional artists who live and work in the community.

Plaza at Night 2013 Noche de Arte y Musica
Sat 10/5 @ 6:00 PM to 12 midnight
Private VIP-only Event with Marin Salon Series @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Join Natasha & Cheech Marin in supporting Plaza de la Raza at this very special evening of art and music under the stars.

BENEFIT ART SALE featuring works by artists such as Chaz Bojorquez, Retna, David Flury, Margaret Garcia, Patssi Valdez, Richard Duardo, Emilio, Joe Bravo, Summer Bernal, Hector Silva, Cryptic, Wisk, Galo, Johny Quintanilla, Poala Lopez, Yolanda Gonzalez, Fernando Mercado, Jasper Santos, Ernie Angiano, Frank Romero, Leo Limon, Antonio Pelayo, Jose Alfaro, Alex, Fernando Barragan, Heriberto Luna, Raul Gamboa, Violeta Moreno, James Foster, Skylar Aud, Victor Cabrera, Baine, and Andre Miripolsky, Nick Diaz, Rafael I. Delgado Jr, Luis Fileto, Ruben Angel Zavala, SAPO King Ramos, Hugo Romo, Hector Silva

MUSIC by QuitapenasDJ SETS by Groove Radio

$10 GENERAL ADMISSION: Each ticket admits one guest only starting at 6:00 PM until close. Food, drinks, art and other items for sale are not included in the cost for General Admission. NOTE: This is a 21+ event only. Proper ID required.

GENERAL ADMISSION tickets available for sale at the door – INFO: (323) 717-8880

$100 VIP ADMISSION for Natasha & Cheech Marin – Marin Salon Series: Limited to only 200 guests, each ticket admits one adult to an exclusive presentation of the Marin Salon Series, which includes a private performance by classical pianist Natasha Marin and a talk by Cheech Marin in the Margo Albert Theatre followed by an VIP-only exhibit walkthrough with Cheech in the Boathouse Gallery. Includes complimentary appetizers and a hosted bar. This exclusive event takes place before Noche de Arte y Musica from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

VIP ADMISSION tickets MUST be purchased in advance.

VIP & SPONSORSHIP INQUIRIES ONLY: (213) 537-4483 or send an email by clicking HERE.

SPONSORS include: Stella Rosa Wines, Jarritos LA, Alova, Brooklyn & Boyle

2013 Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Commemoration
Fri 11/1 @ 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
1,000 kids and adults

Free art activities are presented for youth after school throughout the month of October. An altar is installed one week prior to November 1 to allow for community members to participate. On November 1, children and their families visit Plaza to enjoy face painting, mariachi music, tinwork, papel picado, Aztec dancers, mariachi musicians, folklórico performers, calaveras (sugar skulls), las calacas (skeleton puppets), and mask making. Community members can add ofrendas (offerings) to altars by noted artists Ofelia Esparza, Rose Portillo, and Guadalupe Rodriguez. Local artists craft artworks on site for sale to the public. Food is available: champurrado; tamales; and pan de muerto. In our city, traditions from three holidays—Halloween, October 31; Catholicism’s All Saints Day, November 1 and All Souls Day, November 2; and Día de los Muertos, November 1-2 — are integrated and celebrated in ways that are uniquely Los Angeles.

2013 Plaza Student Holiday Party
Sun 12/15 @ 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
500 kids and adults

Students and their family members attend this eagerly awaited annual event for food, music, dance, and friendship. Children have their faces painted and learn cartooning techniques. Menudo, caldo de pollo, champurrado, hot chocolate, and tamales are typically served. Santa and his helpers deliver gifts to the students, which, for many, are the only ones they receive at Christmas. Throughout the day, guests are serenaded and treated to stunning visual and musical performances. Previous performances included those by Coro Alegría, the student choir; Danza Teocalt, Plaza’s adult folkloric dancers; Danza Azteca; Mariachi Los Trovadores, a student mariachi group; and Mariachi Monumental de America.



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