In honor of Latino Heritage Month, the L.A. Zoo is hosting a weekend-long celebration sponsored by ScholarShare, California’s 529 College Savings Plan, and featuring the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas, Grandeza Mexicana folk ballet, Latin American-inspired crafts, animal spotlights, pop-up education stations, character meet-and-greets with Dora the Explorer, and more. Únete a nosotros.
Event sponsored by:
Entertainment at Carousel Plaza
Directed and founded in 1999 by trumpet player Cindy Shea, the Mariachi Divas continue to lead the way in the mariachi genre. A two-time Grammy Award winner, with a total of six Grammy nominations and two Latin Grammy nominations, the Mariachi Divas are a multicultural, all-female ensemble imbued with the unique musical flavor of Los Angeles. The Divas discography includes 10 albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records.
Performance at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
Artistic Director Jose Vences, who previously toured with the world-renowned Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez, founded the Mexican folk arts dance group in September 2003.
With signature pride in the rich national culture, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company presents high-quality dance productions that represent the diverse regions of Mexico. Whether choreographic works depict celebrations, ceremonies, or daily rituals, they are a colorful slice of the flavor of Mexico.
Backed by careful research and input from collaborating choreographers, historians, and by the study and appreciation of fellow artists’ work, Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company’s stylized choreography is committed to preserving the traditions and customs of Mexico’s historic past and promising present.
Performances at noon and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Kid-Sized Fun at Eucalyptus Grove
Meet Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” characters in between story readings from such books as Papagayo: The Mischief Maker, Jabuti: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon, The Great Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest.
ScholarShare also presents crafts for kids (on Saturday). The little ones can try their hands at Papel picado—cutting out animal figures in colorful craft paper—as well as paper marigold flowers and some of Dora the Explorer’s favorite activities.
Be sure to get your Day of the Dead calacas face painting, too!