The 13th Annual ¡Viva México! Fiesta

Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19, 2020

Time: 10am to 4pm
Adult Admission: $8
Seniors (62+), teens (13–18): $6
12 and under: FREE!

Bienividos a la fiesta de ¡VIVA MEXICO! Celebrate the music, arts, crafts, and food of Mexico. Surround yourself in the majestic culture and feel the spirit of Mexico at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

Please check back soon for the full 2020 Schedule of Events.

2019 Schedule of Events

Saturday, July 20

10:00am – 10:15am
Mariachi Differencia

10:15am – 10:45am
Mariachi Differencia

10:45am – 10:50am
Mexican Consulate Speech

10:55am – 11:15am
Grupo Folklorico La Mixteca

11:20am – 12:20pm
New Mexico Marimba

12:25pm – 1:10pm
Quetzal Coatl Esplendora Azteca de Mexico

1:15pm – 2:00pm
TRIO Latino de Santa Fe

2:05pm – 2:50pm
Ballet Folkorico Santa Fe

2:55pm – 3:55pm
Carlos Medina “El Cantador” Concert

Sunday, July 21

10:00am – 10:15am
Mariachi Differencia

10:15am – 10:45am
Mariachi Differencia

10:50am – 11:10am
Grupo Folklorico La Mixteca

11:15pm – 12:00pm
TRIO Latino de Santa Fe

12:10pm – 12:55pm
Quetzal Coatl Esplendora Azteca de Mexico

1:05pm – 1:50pm
Baile Illusion

2:10pm – 3:40pm
La Fuerza Del Valle Concert

“La Danza de la Pluma” Documentary Film

Collaborative project with Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico

Education Center
11:00am – 11:50am
1:00pm – 1:50pm
2:30pm – 3:20pm

La Danza de la Pluma is a traditional ritual dance still being performed in the Oaxacan valleys in Mexico. It is a cross-cultural conquest dance, part of the cycle of Conquest Dances, and closely related to the Matachín dances, which are still performed in indigenous and Hispanic communities in New Mexico and northern Mexico.

The modern La Danza de la Pluma originated from Mixtec and Zapotec dance rituals in Oaxaca under the influence of the Spanish colonizers. It incorporates the struggle between Moctezuma and Cortez, Christianity and paganism, with several variations as to the ultimate victor. It has deep cultural significance and importance, with dancers committing themselves for a three-year period, and involves much ritual preparation and communityinvolvement. The essential element of reciprocity, of “paying your dues” for the benefit of the community, is evidenced by the dancers’ commitment.

While La Danza de la Pluma is performed throughout Oaxaca, Teotitlán del Valle (whose translation from the Nahuatl is “Place of the Gods in the Valley”) is the oldest known settlement in the valley of Oaxaca; it is referred to as the Spiritual Heart of the Sacred Valley of Tlacolula. Teotitlán del Valle is currently considered the guardian of the Zapotec culture of the valley, and its presentation of the Danza de la Pluma is renowned. Teotitlán del Valle is world renowned for the Zapotec weavings it produces. The village is still governed by a system of “Usos y Costumbres” (literally translated as Uses and Customs), in place since pre-Hispanic times. It is a community / communal system of government, with an emphasis on cooperation for the good of the community and support for its individual members.

Metamorfosis Documentation Project

Contact for additional information:
Armando Espinosa Prieto
Craig Johnson
Metamorfosis Documentation Project
06 Camino del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87508

¡Viva México! Food

Tres Colors Mexican Resturant
Tacos—Asada, Pollo, Veggitarian
Burritos—Asada, Pollo, Veggitarian

La Rienda Food Truck
Tacos—Barbacoa, Al Pastor, Fish
Burritos—Barbacoa, Al Pastor, Fish
Mariscos—Ceviche, Cocktel de Camaron

Carnitas Los Arcos
Tacos—Carnitas, Chicharones

¡Viva México! Cervesas


¡Viva México!

Thank you to our event sponsor.

First National Bank of Santa Fe