A CELEBRATION OF WESTSIDE TRADITION & HISTORY
El Dia de San Juan Committee invites the public to the 16th Annual El Dia de San Juan Fiesta Monday, June 24 from 5-10 p.m. at the Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida del Convento, just off Congress, west of Interstate 10. The Fiesta will feature a procession, live music and dance, food and arts & crafts vendors, games and activities for children, and free water and watermelon. Free and open to the public, the Fiesta is non-alcoholic and boasts a family friendly atmosphere.
El Dia de San Juan honors the Saints Day of St. John the Baptist, and has been celebrated by families living on the Westside for a century. Local tradition hails St. John the Baptist as the one who brings the rains, kicking off the monsoon season in the Old Pueblo. For the last thirteen years the Fiesta has begun with a procession from the west bank of the Santa Cruz River, which displays an antique statue of San Juan Bautista. Prayers from several cultural traditions are offered.
Following the procession, the Fiesta goes into full swing. Entertainers, including Gertie & the T.O. Boyz, Mariachi Viva la Mujer, Mariachi de Roskruge, and Los Charros will perform throughout the night.
In keeping with the theme of the monsoon season and renewal, free water bottles are provided to Fiesta attendees. In addition to the food, arts & crafts and games booths, local community agencies will also offer tables with resource information.
We regret no animals are allowed, service dogs only.
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I attended this celebration last summer and it was an inspiring and spiritual experience to watch the procession and blessings. Enjoy this family friendly fiesta and free water & watermelon. This celebration is co-sponsored by City Councilmembers Regina Romero (Ward 1) and Richard Fimbres (Ward 5).
And close by this Mercado at 10:30 a.m. on June 24 check out the solar art alignment at the Luis G. Gutierrez bridge (formerly Cushing St. bridge) over the Santa Cruz wash. More info at their facebook page: