2013-08-07: Visit Enchanting Mexico Without a Passport

Special Hotel Rates for MundoFox ¡VivaFest! 2013

Nation’s Only Month-Long Celebration of Latin Culture

San Jose, CA (August 7, 2013) – Spend the weekend in enchanting Mexico, passport-free, at The 22nd Annual MundoFox ¡VivaFest! with special rates at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott and San Jose Marriott. The country’s only month-long, multi-venue celebration of the best Latino music, art, dance and film combined with educational music and dance workshops and community conversations, takes place August 31 – September 28 throughout San Jose.

The MundoFox ¡VivaFest! Package at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott includes a newly renovated, contemporary guest room with a king or double queen beds, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker in each room. The Hotel offers complimentary hot breakfast, high speed and wireless Internet, a fitness center, heated pool, parking and more. The ¡VivaFest! Package is $74/night, not including taxes, a 30% discount off the regular rate, during the MundoFox ¡VivaFest! entertainment-packed weekends: September 6-9, September 13-15 and September 27-29. Request the “MundoFox¡VivaFest! 2013” rate by calling 1-800-228-2800 or (408) 453-3133.

The San Jose Marriott’s MundoFox ¡VivaFest! Package includes a gracious guest room with king or double full bedrooms, coffeemaker and other personal care amenities, access to the fitness center and heated pool and discounted valet parking. The one night package is $89/night, September 6-9; $94/night, September 13-15 and $103/night, September 27-30. Taxes not included. For reservations, please call (408) 280-1300 and ask for the MundoFox ¡VivaFest! Package.

Produced by the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation, this destination event showcases and explores Latino culture, inviting a better understanding of its treasures and heritage.

September 7, 8 p.m.

The Romance of Mexico gala concert, starring Fernando de la Mora, Mexico’s greatest tenor in his San Jose debut, along with mariachi icons Sol De Mexico, soprano Sandra Rubacalva and the Symphony Silicon Valley, conducted by George Daugherty. This evening of romance, melody and lyricism focuses on romantic boleros, art song and ballads from such composers as Maria Grever, Augustin Lara, Jose Alfredo Jimenez, Consuelo Velazquez and many more. SAP Center, San Jose; tickets start at $40/person.

September 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Opening of El Centenario Posada 2013 celebrating the work and influence of Jose Guadalupe Posada, in an exhibit of his satirical works whose illustrations of ‘calaveras’ or skulls and skeletons inspired the artwork surrounding the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Curated by Jim Nikas, this exhibition marks the 100 year anniversary of Posada’s death. The exhibit also includes selected work from contemporary Mexican and American artists along with paintings from Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Collection. El Centenario Posada 2013 runs through December 30, 2013, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. The Mexican Consulate, San Jose; free.

September 14, 7 p.m.

Ireland Meets Mexico in a Musical Tribute to the San Patricio Brigade – September marks the 150th anniversary of the heroic efforts of the San Patricio Brigade, who followed their faith to fight on behalf of Mexican forces against the U.S. invasion of Mexico in 1848. Irish musicians O’Craven and the Kavanaugh Brothers and Mexican American folk group Cascabel join Veracruz, Mexico’s Grupo Mono Blanco in an evening of musical cross collaboration. San Pedro Square Market, San Jose; free.

September 15, 10 a.m.

Mariachi Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, San Jose.

September 15, 2 – 9 p.m.

Feria del Mariachi – celebrate Fiestas Patrias, the authentic Mexican Independence Day, with games, music, food, arts and cultural activities for the entire family. Mundo Fox’s Poncho de Anda, host of El Factor X and Marco Antonio Regil, MundoFox host and brand ambassador will attend. At 8:45 p.m., join Mexican Consul General, Carlos Ponce Martinez, in El Grito, a massive, synchronized call-and-response that’s more than a century old. San Jose’s Discovery Meadow; free

September 28, 7:30 p.m.

MundoFox ¡VivaFest!, in association with Nederlander Concerts, co-present Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican techno funk band Kinky and special guests Carla Morrison, La Santa Cecilia, and Sistema Bomb, together for the first time. San Jose Civic; tickets start at $56.35.

Tickets: ticketmaster.com

Fundraiser: All MundoFox ¡VivaFest! proceeds benefit the non-profit Mexican Heritage Corporation and San Jose Unified School District’s Joint Mariachi Youth Education Program which provides a rigorous standards-based music program in mariachi for students from diverse communities.

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