Dressed in colorful garb, Alina Cuen, 14, and fellow members of the Viva Performing Arts Center gather for a finale to the song El Gallito during the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Kennedy Park Fiesta Area.

A.E. Araiza / Arizona Daily Star

In the early morning of Sept. 16, 1810, Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church in the town of Dolores, Mexico and gave a call to arms against Spanish colonial rule — later known as "El Grito de Dolores" that began the start of the Mexican War of Independence. 

Now on Sept. 15 and 16, Mexico and other parts of the world commemorate this pivotal moment with a celebration of food, music and fun. 

Here are just a few ways Tucson is doing it big for Mexico 🎉🇲

Mexican Independence Concert at the Fox Theater

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For the fifth consecutive summer Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and its conductor Linus Lerner are in Mexico to perform at an opera festival. This one, Festival de Opera San Luis y Concurso de Canto, wraps up Sunday, Aug. 13.

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day a day with a free concert hosted by the the Mexican Consulate and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano De Tucson.

The event will feature performances from the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra.

Seating is first come first served so be sure to get there early.

Find more information here.

When: Friday, Sept. 15, 8-10 p.m.

Where: Fox Theater Tucson, 17 W. Congress Street

Cost: Event is free to attend

Celebración de La Independencia de México in downtown Tucson

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Nadia Escobedo, left, Kenia Romo and Sabrina Ahumada dance in the Jalisco style as part of Ballet Folklorico Tapatio's performance at Pinnacle Peak and Trail Dust Town.

Have an evening full of music, performances and food at Armory Park presented by Arizona Bilingual News. It's going to be one big party 🎉🇲

Find more information here.

When: Saturday, Sept. 16, 5-11 p.m.

Where: Armory Park, 222 S. 5th Avenue

Cost: Event is free to attend