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Celebración de los Árboles

Experience the diverse cultures of Latin America through music, dance, and food in the beautiful natural settings of The Morton Arboretum.

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Celebración de los Árboles

Experience the diverse cultures of Latin America through music, dance, and food in the beautiful natural settings of The Morton Arboretum.

Celebración de los Árboles celebrates the vibrant cultures of Latin America, where the Arboretum does important work to protect and conserve threatened trees and the ecosystems they support.

The Arboretum’s Global Trees Conservation Program is helping scientists and local residents in Baja California Sur, Mexico, and Costa Rica conserve endangered oak species. Wherever trees need help or trees can help people—in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods or far away—The Morton Arboretum is The Champion of Trees.

Food truck vendors will be serving signature dishes in Arbor Court. The Ginkgo Restaurant and Café will also be open.

Food truck vendors

Caseras Sabor Real

Tickle My Tamale

Scheduled Performers

  • 10:00 a.m. Mariachi Estrellas de Chicago, music
  • 10:30 a.m. Chris Fascione, traditional storytelling
  • 10:30 a.m. Teotlecuilli Aztec Dance Group Performance, dance
  • 11:00 a.m. Guitarra Azul, music
  • 11:30 a.m. Chris Fascione, traditional storytelling
  • 12:00 p.m. Trio Latino, music
  • 1:00 p.m. José Valdes and The Mambo All-Stars, music
  • 1:00 p.m. Teotlecuillie Aztec Dance Group Workshop
  • 1:00 p.m. Chris Fascione, traditional storytelling
  • 1:30 p.m. Xochitl-Quetzal Aztec Dance, dance
  • 2:00 p.m. Perros Cubanos, music
  • 3:00 p.m. Mariachi Sirenas, music

Community partners

The Language Labs will be hosting a variety of bilingual programming in the Children’s Garden from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


View the program for the events of the day.

Map and Guide (Spanish)

This Spanish-language Map and Guide can be downloaded or printed to help attendees navigate the Arboretum.


The Language Labs, a community partner of The Morton Arboretum, will be presenting crafts, music, and stories from many different Spanish-speaking countries at this year’s new Celebración de los Árboles event.

Schedule of Programming

Monarch Butterfly Storytimes with Maestra Alejandra Osorio at the Children’s Workshop:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • 12:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Joaquín & Caleb Violin Spanish Song Presentations at the Amphitheater:

  • 11:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bolero and Spanish Kids Songs Singer at the Amphitheater:

  • 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Musician Bobby Schiff will be playing Spanish tunes in the shade under the trees in the Children’s Garden lawn space for approximately two and a half hours during the event.


Activity Stations

Activity stations will be set up on the Children’s Garden lawn space.

“Cooking” Station: Using clay, children can learn to make typical foods like arepas, empanadas, tortillas, and more, all while learning the corresponding vocabulary in Spanish.

“Alebrijes” Station: Presenters will share the history of the painted figures and introduce Spanish vocabulary associated with the Alebrijes. Visitors will make their own Alebrijes to take home.

Piñata Station: There will be a piñata for show and tell, and children can make their own mini piñata to take home.

Puppets and Music Station: A small workshop for children to create their own stories from theme songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” or the Spanish song known as “10 Elephants”.


About The Language Labs

The Language Labs has been sharing its linguistic talents with students for close to three decades. The team comprises dynamic native Spanish, French, and Chinese speakers who are passionate about their language, culture, and traditions.

The Language Labs provides Spanish, French, and Chinese language classes to many schools throughout DuPage County. Their instructors serve more than 20 different libraries with multiple multilingual story times and host special story time events around holidays, such as Chinese New Year, The Day of the Dead, and Christmas—when they feature their popular bilingual Santa storytime.

Learning a new language can open many doors and create opportunities, especially for children. The Language Labs employs a blend of fun, engaging, and educational classes—with virtually no English spoken—to create an ideal immersive environment for learning.

This Spanish-language Map and Guide of the Arboretum is available to help attendees navigate the Arboretum.


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