Celebrate a prelude to Hispanic Heritage Month at the 7th annual “Jalisco en Evanston” on Thursday, August 30, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the main auditorium at Evanston Township High School (ETHS), 1600 Dodge Ave.

The free event, presented by the Federation of Hometown Associations from the State of Jalisco, Mexico (FEDEJAL), is open to the public and will feature live mariachi music from Mariachi Juvenil Colotlán, folkloric dance performances from Ballet Folclórico Guadalajara, and artisans from Jalisco. Entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. Food will be available for purchase.

Jalisco en Evanston is part of FEDEJAL’s weeklong tour of the Chicago area. Each year, during the months of August and September, FEDEJAL celebrates “Semana Jalisco” (Jalisco Week), where it tours several Illinois cities to celebrate its culture and traditions.

FEDEJAL builds bridges between the U.S. and the Mexican State of Jalisco, and aspires to a global society that embraces diversity of cultures and shares a commitment to ensure that all people who want to work, contribute to their communities, and seek a better life for themselves and their families have the opportunity to do so in an environment of dignity and respect.

Jalisco en Evanston is presented by the North American Institute for Mexican Advancement (NAIMA), Gobierno de Guadalajara and CONFEDEJAL. Sponsors include the City of Evanston, University of Guadalajara Foundation USA, PEAK Auto, Club Pro-Obras Juanacatlán de Chicago, G&G Imports LLC, That Little Mexican Café, Dengeos, Tomate Fresh Kitchen, Taco Diablo and Dente Complete Dentistry.

For more information about FEDEJAL, please visit fedejal.org or call 708-938-5123.

For more information about Jalisco en Evanston, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.