Each year, National Hispanic Heritage month begins on Sept. 15 — the anniversary of independence of five Latin American Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — and lasts through Oct. 15. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is Oct. 12.
Roughly, 1 in 5 Americans (18 percent) are Hispanic, according to the Pew Institute. Of course, in Miami-Dade County, 65 percent of residents are Hispanic.
The following events are celebrations of Hispanic Heritage. Check back often as we update frequently:
Latinos in America, an interactive kiosk, portrays the personal stories of those who risked everything for freedom. Directed and produced by Antonio Feijoo and Eddie Gibson. Live music by Maria Elena Vallejo and daughter Lucia Costas. Paintings by Miguel Saludes and Alvaro Labanino on display through Oct. 20. Event begins at 7 pm Oct. 14 at Curtiss Mansion, 500 Deer Run.
Expect traditional latin food, carnival rides, annual awards ceremony, dominoes, music and live entertainment at the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Oct. 20 from 6-9 pm at North Shore Park, 501 72 Street, in Miami Beach. Free admission, carnival ride tickets and refreshments for sale. Call 305.861.3616 for more information.
The City of Doral celebrates Hispanic Heritage on Oct. 13 from 7-9 pm at Doral Legacy Park, 11400 NW 82 St., with a night on the lawn featuring show-stopping performances and culinary treats. Free.
The City of Coral Gables Hispanic Cultural Festival celebrates with local and international artists, musicians, businesses, designers, face painters and dogs from 10 am-10 pm Oct. 21 and noon-8 pm Oct. 22 at 405 Biltmore Way, intersection of Biltmore Way and LeJeune Rd.
Take a journey to Bolivia and enjoy folkloric dances set to traditional tunes with the Bolivia Mágica Ballet Folkórico at 1 pm Oct. 14 at Coral Reef Library. All ages welcome. Free.
CityPlace Doral will host a night of free Latin dance lessons for the community and will come alive with amazing music by Dante Vargas & The Cat Band and performances by local dance troupes including the Impetu Dance Center on Oct. 7 from 4-9 pm. The family fun begins at 4 p.m. with face painting and entertainment on the plaza. Guests can then indulge in Latin-inspired dishes such as skirt-steak salsa verde and porchetta romana at Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar and Tapas’ Doral location, or they can pop into Cabo Flats for Mexican cuisine and unbeatable happy hour deals including $5 margaritas. Attendees are encouraged to opt for outdoor dining at each location to take advantage of CityPlace Doral’s breathtaking views, Instagram the dancing fountain and enjoy the lively tunes. Each hour, beginning promptly at 6 p.m., Dance South Florida will host merengue, cumbia, cha-cha and salsa classes for dancers of all skill levels and ages. It’s the perfect opportunity for attendees to show off their talents or learn a few new moves. CityPlace Doral, 8300 NW 36th St, Doral, FL, 33166.
The City of Hialeah invites you to the opening reception of their Hispanic Heritage Month exhibit: “La Mano Hispana” on Oct. 6 from 7pm-1am at 4800 Palm Ave., Hialeah, 33013. Experience art that celebrates the rich cultural expressions of Hispanic traditions, history and contemporary life. Call (305) 883-5701.
Hispanic Heritage Musical celebration and dance on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6-9 pm at the North Shore Park Bandshell,7275 Collins Ave., featuring Tony Perez, Pianista and Orquesta Alegria.
Domino Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6-8 pm at the North Shore Park Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., during Food Truck event. Winning team will receive a prize. Sign up: Kevin Cobas at 786.390.7064 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 305.861.3616 for more information.
Hispanic Heritage Festival on Friday, Oct. 6 from 6-9 pm at North Shore Park, 501 72 Street. Traditional latin food, carnival rides, annual awards ceremony, dominoes, music and live entertainment. Free admission, carnival ride tickets and refreshments for sale. Call 305.861.3616 for more information.
Updated: The following event was re-scheduled to Oct. 21: Fiesta con Miami International Mall and experience the vibrant and unique cultures of more than 20 Latin countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean at the 13th Annual Miami International Mall Hispanic Heritage Celebration. This event takes place Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 until 6 pm at the mall. The action-packed event will include country exhibits, culinary treats and beverages provided by local restaurants, exciting musical and cultural performances and fashion demonstrations. Guests interested in tasting the delicious bites and beverages throughout the mall are encouraged to purchase a $5 ticket, which will grant unlimited samplings. Specialty cocktails will be provided by Barcelo Rum. All proceeds from the purchased tickets will benefit local charities and the Simon Youth Foundation.
Tito Puente Jr. and his Latin Jazz ensemble will kick off the festivities in North Miami Beach on Sept. 15 at the Littman Theater, 17011 NE 19th Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. Music starts at 8 pm. Free admission. Food and cash bar. This show was confirmed post-Hurricane Irma.
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