Ah, a vacation in AZ. With its rich culture and deep history, the state is bound to be full of excitement for a history buff like you. Yes, we’re talking to you. When you’re not busy reading a book about the most fascinating world events, it’s only because you’re completely captivated by the latest documentary on the History Channel. Your vast knowledge has led your pub trivia team to more than a few victories, and your travels have taken you far and wide in your search for cultural enlightenment. It’s time to put down that Encyclopedia and pack your bags for some of Arizona’s best cultural events. Here’s just a taste of what’s in store for you in September:

  • 3rd Annual Brazilian Day Arizona – In September of 1822, Brazil declared its independence from Portugal. On September 8, the city of Phoenix will celebrate Brazil’s independence with Brazilian Day Arizona, an annual celebration of that country’s colorful and lively culture. This year’s event will be held at the 910 Live pavilion. Eat your fill of authentic Brazilian foods. You’ll need the energy when you’re dancing for hours to DJ Chris Brazil. The party doesn’t stop there, though. You can learn the art of samba, Brazil’s most popular form of dance. You’ll be awed by the capoeira performances, a tradition that combines martial arts and dance. You’ll have so much fun during your vacation in AZ that you won’t even realize you’re expanding your knowledge of Brazilian history and culture. Who said learning can’t be fun?
  • Hispanic Heritage Month – From September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month in honor of the positive contributions that Hispanic and Latino people have made to our society. Since you’re such a history buff, you probably already knew that, but what you might not know is that Arizona celebrates this month better than anybody else. The Phoenix Art Museum will showcase world-renowned films inspired by Hispanics and their culture. On September 16, the Arizona Diamondbacks will honor Hispanic Heritage Month by holding a special celebration at the Right Field Upper Concourse, complete with music and mariachi performances. Essentially, Phoenix is about to engage in a month-long party full of special events and concerts. Don’t miss it, history buffs. Golf will be there tomorrow.

If you really want to experience all the culture that Arizona has to offer, September is the perfect month to do so. You’ll leave your vacation in AZ with a new appreciation for Brazilian and Hispanic culture, not to mention some awesome souvenirs and a few new dance moves with which to impress your friends. Who knew you could do all that during your Arizona travels? Thanks, Internet.