11th Annual El Puente Festival

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11th Annual El Puente Festival

El Puente Fest features theater, dance, & music performances by Valley youth groups & professionals on April 2 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

By Cultural Coalition Inc.

When and where

Date and time

Sunday, April 2 · 2 - 6pm MST


Tempe Center For The Arts 700 West Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281

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About this event

  • 4 hours
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Enjoy an afternoon of the Valley's most talented youth performers at the 11th Annual El Puente Festival, a free event presented by Cultural Coalition at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) on Sunday, April 2 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Known for its signature community parade across the bridge, or “el puente” in spanish, this festival brings together artists of all ages to highlight the importance of connecting traditional arts and culture practices from one generation to the next. High school mariachi music, elementary school ballet folklórico dances, and free arts activities are just a few of the things attendees will enjoy during this event.

NEW THIS YEAR - Enjoy a theater performance by Borderlands Theatre featuring giant 8-foot tall puppets designed by artists and master sculptor Zarco Guerrero.

The festival will have a variety of educational and arts activities for youth of all ages, including free books, hands-on crafts, and activities that get excited feet moving to the beat of the live music. Cultural Coalition will activate multiple areas of TCA including theater stages for professional performances, lobby areas for storytelling with puppets, and outdoor areas for food trucks and more!

The 11th Annual El Puente Festival is free and open to the public thanks in part to the support of the City of Tempe, TCC Rocks, Raza Development Fund, Inc. and individual donors.

Studio Performances

El Puente Fest will feature three seated performances in the Studio Theater at Tempe Center for the Arts. Seating is limited. Advanced reservation of tickets is recommended. Limited tickets available at the door day of.

2:15pm - Borderlands Theater present LAS REINAS. A Nogales love story set during the competition for the 1958 Riena de las Fiestas de Mayo. Based on oral histories collected from life-long Nogales residents and written by Mila Ortiz, Las Reinas is told through giant puppets sculpted by master artist, Zarco Guerrero.

3:15pm - Rosie’s House Mariachi musical performance featuring 5th -12th grade students

4:15pm - Ollin Yolitzli Dance Academy ballet folklórico performances featuring Mexican folklore dances by both adult and youth performers


Volunteer at the Festival

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available at this festival. Come lend a helping hand and be part of the celebration.

Go to SignUp Genius to learn more and select a time slot and position!

About the organizer

Our mission is to provide community engagement through unique cultural programs dedicated to the education, promotion and development of Indigenous artists in Arizona.