Tempe's Hispanic roots can be traced to before European settlers came on the scene and named the community what it's called today. This Sunday, the community will celebrate that heritage and culture with the 13th annual Tempe Tardeada Festival. First of all: What's a tardeada? It's an afternoon party, which is exactly what's planned this weekend. From noon to 8 p.m., you can take in Hispanic entertainment music, dance, art, food and exhibits at the Tempe Community Complex, 3500 S. Rural Road.
Free events for children include crafts, face painting, balloon animals and bounce houses. Also, the Tempe Historical Museum will display Hispanic family history albums. And you can watch tortillas being made and get a free recipe card.
For more information, go to www.tempe.gov/tardeada or call (480) 350-8979. For information in Spanish, call (480) 350-5515.