Philadelphia, PA-April 20, 2017-The Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia and the Mexican Cultural Center are organizing Mexican Week from Monday, May 1, 2017 through Saturday, May 6, 2017. A series of events will celebrate the culture of Mexico through its diverse art, food, music, and traditions.

MONDAY, MAY 1ST(11:30 AM – 12:00 PM): Flag Raising Ceremony, City Hall, Philadelphia.

Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials will join Consul of Mexico Alicia Kerber for this civic ceremony.

TUESDAY, MAY 2ND (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM): “Jarocho Impressions,” CCATE, Norristown.

Inauguration of the exhibit of Mexican-themed engravings by Mexican-Canadian artist Alec Dempster at the Center for Art, Culture, Training and Education (CCATE) located at 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, PA 19401.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3RD (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM): Culinary Demonstration, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Chef Dionicio Jimenez will offer a demonstration of traditional Mexican gastronomy, recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010.


First Friday! Jarana Beat (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM), The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia.

Recipient of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band, Jarana Beat is a world music band incorporating dance and activism. The group blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and other musical traditions to offer a new interpretation of Afro-Amerindian Mexico.

“A Door in the Desert” World Premiere (8:00 PM – 9:00 PM), FringeArts, Philadelphia.

Presented as one of the full-length works created during the FRONTERAS platform by the Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, A Door in the Desert is an acrobatic journey through transcendence and back, earnestly questioning why we divide and label ourselves.

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH (10:30 AM – 3:00 PM), St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Philadelphia.

Mexican Week will conclude with a free community event including music performances, activities and toy giveaway as part of the “Día del Niño” celebration, a discussion about the current immigration situation and more!

MAY 2ND-MAY 6TH: “Mexican Restaurant Week” at various restaurants in the region

Several Mexican restaurants in the region will offer special prix fixe menus. Recipe books, featuring recipes by Chef Cristina Martinez from South Philly Barbacoa, will be distributed during Mexican Week events.


Carlos Torres, Consul of Media and Promotion, Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia, (215) 922-4262, ext. 310, and/or Yaroslava Camacho, Director of Programs, Mexican Cultural Center, (215) 592-0410,


Twitter: @MCCPhilly, @ConsulmexFila

Sponsors: AMEXCID, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and Services, PECO, Wells Fargo, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Media Sponsors: Univisión 65, Al Día