The Mexican Festival takes place every mid-September to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
This year the event is at Federation Square from 11.30am-8pm on Sunday, September 13.
The holiday is traditionally celebrated with food, songs, fireworks, parades and festivals. Mexican Festival is doing its best to bring a taste of this to Melbourne!
Food buffs will enjoy the traditional dishes that will be available – including tacos, tamales, tortas and tostadas. The Mexican Cantina (or bar) will also offer a selection of Mexican drinks, from Margaritas to Coronas.
The Viva Mexico Stage will present Mexican musicians, folk dance by Mexbourne dance group, live mariachi band Los Romanticos, live salsa band Orchestra La 45, the Mexican Music Man and Sin Frontera Band, Mexican rock band Los Mas Altos and the traditional ceremony of “El Grito” to celebrate Mexican independence.
There will also be a Mexican market. Stallholders will offer handcrafts, jewellery, Mexican textiles, ceramics, Mexican food products and services. Children can also enjoy music and craft activities at the Kid’s Corner.
For more information, visit www.mexfest.com.au
Natural Fibres Market
The Natural Fibres Market is a Mecca for people who love natural fibres. The market will take place from 9am-4pm on Sunday, September 13 at Queen Victoria Market.
Independent designers, makers and craftspeople will be showcasing their unique and handcrafted products. As the focus is on natural fibres, this includes everything from wood and paper to fabrics and yarns.
It’s a great opportunity to meet the makers and learn about their products.
For more information, visit www.naturalfibersmarket.com
Oktoberfest at Hophaus
Or Hoptoberfest, as Hophaus likes to call it! Hophaus is bringing a little bit of the famous festival to Melbourne from Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 27.
They are hosting a variety of events during the period – such as the Inaugural Dachshund Race, which will raise money for Dachshund Rescue Australia.
Melburnians can also look forward to the Tapping of the Keg and the Annual Sausage Eating Competition, along with live German bands and music. Visit www.hophaus.com.au/events for more information.