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Guelaguetza

DATE: Oct. 7 - 8
TIME: 10 - 4 p.m.
PRICE: Included with Garden admission or membership


¡Viva la Guelaguetza! The lively festivities of a traditional Mexican indigenous holiday come alive at the Garden. Celebrate Oaxacan culture through music, dance, art, food and more.

Guelaguetza is a celebration of Oaxaca’s indigenous cultures. It originates from a Zapotec word that roughly translates to “reciprocal exchange of gifts and services.”

Guelaguetza is a tradition that was started by the Zapotecs more than 500 years ago when they created a yearly gathering centered around the worship of their corn goddess. They desired to bring different groups together to share their customs with one another.

Today the Guelaguetza, brings communities from the eight regions of Oaxaca together to share their varying traditions of music, dance, art and food.

Calenda | A festive and colorful parade through the Garden.

  • Ottosen Entry Garden | 10:15 a.m.
  • Sunset Plaza | 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 7 | Music and Performances | Sunset Plaza | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

  • Chinas Oaxaqueñas | 10:30 a.m.
  • Sones Mazatecos | 10:50 a.m.
  • Sones y Jarabes de Yalalag | 11:10 a.m.
  • Sones y Jarabes de Betaza | 11:30 a.m.
  • Jarabe Ejuteco | 11:50 a.m.
  • Danza de la Pluma | 12:10 p.m.
  • San Antonino | 12:30 p.m.
  • BREAK
  • Sones y Jarabesde Pochutla | 1:20 p.m.
  • Sones Istmeños | 1:40 p.m.
  • Jarabe Mixteco | 2 p.m.
  • Miahutlan | 2:20 p.m.
  • Flor de Piña | 2:40 p.m.
  • Pinotepa | 3 p.m.
  • Sones y Chilenas de Putla | 3:20 p.m.
  • Son Calenda | 3:40 p.m.

Oct. 8  | Music and Performances | Sunset Plaza | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Chinas Oaxaqueñas | 10:30 a.m.
  • Sones Mazatecos | 10:50 a..
  • Sones y Jarabes de Yalalag | 11:10 a.m.
  • Sones y Jarabes de Betaza | 11:30 a.m.
  • Jarabe Ejuteco | 11:50 a.m.
  • Danza de la Pluma | 12:10 p.m.
  • San Antonino | 12:30 p.m.
  • BREAK
  • Sones y Jarabes de Pochutla | 1:20 p.m.
  • Sones Istmeños | 1:40 p.m.
  • Jarabe Mixteco | 2 p.m.
  • Miahutlan | 2:20 p.m.
  • Flor de Piña | 2:40 p.m.
  • Pinotepa | 3 p.m.
  • Sones y Chilenas de Putla | 3:20 p.m.
  • Son Calenda | 3:40 p.m.

Mercado | Binns Wildflower Pavilion 

  • Erica Santiago | Textiles from Valles Centrales
  • Virginia Perez Reyes | Textiles from Sierra Sur, Oaxaca
  • Elida Soriano Lujan | Textiles from the Coastal Region of Oaxaca
  • Olivia Hernandez Ramirez | Textiles from Itsmo, Oaxaca
  • Maribel Vasquez | Textiles from La Cuenca, Oaxaca

Food Vendor

  • Las 15 Salsas Restaurant | Traditional Oaxacan Food | Sunset Plaza
  • Patio Café at Ullman Terrace
  • Gertrude’s Restaurant (reservations recommended) 

Bar Service

  • Signature Drink: Smokey Sweet Paloma
  • Beer,  wine, soda and water available for purchase
ADD-ON TO YOUR EXPERIENCE

Oct. 3 | A Taste of Guelaguetza
5:30-7:30 p.m. | Members $61.95 General Admission $74.95
Celebrate Guelaguetza at the Garden with a demonstration and tasting of Oaxacan cuisine with local restaurant Las 15 Salsas Restaurant Oaxaqueño. After a Mezcal toast, learn how to make regional foods including tortillas and salsa, guacamole with grasshoppers, black mole and green mole. Garden admission is included with class purchase.
Click here to purchase class

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