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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with free and cheap events

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2022 – and we’ve got some activities rounded up so you can mark the occasion.

The monthlong celebration honors the rich and diverse Hispanic culture.  

Whether you’re out and about or are still staying at home, there are several ways you can participate. 

We may add more activities as we find them, so be sure to check back often!

MIAMI-DADE

Salsa Fest

Where: Miami Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave.
When: 5-10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24
Free

The City of Miami Beach presents Melina Almodovar and her Salsa Orchestra in concert and free salsa lessons with Ricky Torres from Salsa Central Studios on Miami Beach, all in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

La Gran Fiesta

Where: MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125 St.
When: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Free

The City of North Miami presents performances by Don Mona y su Orquesta de Merengue y Bachata, Mofongo de Plena 305 and Catabella Music Band, emceed by Betzy “La Gatita” Vazquez of El Nuevo Sol 106.7FM, all in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Alhambra Orchestra Hispanic Heritage Concert

Where: Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24
Free but reservation required, call 305-547-5414 to reserve

Season opening concert featuring a program of Spanish and Spanish-influenced favorites including Concierto de Aranjuez featuring guests soloist New World School of the Arts guitarist Koh Kazama. 

National Mofongo Day Happy Hour

Where: Phuc Yea Restaurant, 7100 Biscayne Blvd. 
When: 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24
$20 in advance, $25 at door; buy tickets in advance here 

Chefs Jose Mendin and Cesar Zapata join forces to celebrate Puerto Rico’s signature dish on National Mofongo Day. The happy hour event includes unlimited mofongo-inspired bites, a welcome “snack-size” Snaiquiri cocktail. Specialty rum cocktails available for $10 each and a DJ will spin old school salsa classics.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Miami Children’s Museum

Where: Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway
When: Sept. 1-30
General admission is $24. Florida residents pay $16.

Kids can learn about Hispanic athletes, filmmakers and artists through games and animation, create a textile art piece inspired by Mexican artist Victoria Villasana and enjoy a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta with live music, dance performances and storytelling.

Miami Beach OnStage!

Where: Collins Park, 2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach; Normandy Fountain Plaza, 7892 Rue Vendome; Lummus Park, 14th St. and Ocean Dr.
When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16; 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 (respectively)
Free

Miami Beach Classical Music Festival presents a program “Zarzuela at Twilight” of music by Velazquez, Maria Grever, Agustin Lara and Raphael Hernandez and composers Ernesto Lecuona, Gonzalo Roig and Federico Moreno Torroba. 

Where: Normandy Fountain Plaza, 7802 Rue Vendome, Miami Beach
When: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
Free

Global Arts Project presents a performance by pianist Anibal Berraute of tango fusion selections. 

Miami Book Fair

Speak Up: Teen Creative Writing Workshops with Afro-Dominican writer, designer and creative from New Jersey leads the workshops on Saturdays Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 virtually from 3-4 p.m.

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

Where: Lummus Park between 14 St. and 14 Place, Miami Beach
When: 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9
Free

Concert by Olegario Diaz New Jazz Quartet of jazz standards, post bop, Latin and Brazilian instrumental music. 

Artscape Concert Series

Where: Collins Park, 22 St. and Liberty Ave., Miami Beach
When: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25
Free

Concert by Timbalive, a group that blends Cuban music with world rhythms. Joining them will be salsa dancers courtesy of Magic Room Productions. Plancha Miami will have food for purchase.

ZunZún Children’s Fest

Where: Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.
When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
Free

The eighth annual ZunZún ChildreFest will feature a variety of bilingual music and theatrical productions by local artists all celebrating Hispanic Heritage.

Beyond the Sounds of Silence

Where: Lowe Art Museum – University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables
When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
Free

This multi-discipline performance “Beyond the Sounds of Silence: Latin American Artists Connecting Art, Sound and Society” features sound artists Gustavo Matamoros and Richard Garet and presentations by exhibition artists Muu Blanco and Yucef Merhi. 

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Several Hispanic Heritage-themed events are taking place at the Museum, located at 770 NE 125 St., North Miami, throughout Sept. and Oct.

What: MOCA miniMakers an artist taught kids program where participants paint their own self portraits, inspired by the art of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
When: Sept. 3, 2-4 p.m.
Free

What: Sunday Stories storytelling with writer Yamile Saied Mendez and illustrator Jaime Kim reading from their book “Where Are You From?”
When: Sept. 4, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Free

What: Jazz at MOCA featuring a performance by Peruvian-born trumpet player Dante Vargas.
When: Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Free

InterContinental Miami

What: Noche de Arte, weekly live art event featuring that month’s resident artist in the hotel’s lobby. Hosted by Warehouse 4726 Studio. 
When: Monday nights, 5-7 p.m. at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Free

What: Muestra Herencia Fashion Show featuring swimwear and gala dresses by Hispanic designers.
When: Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Free 

What: Free salsa lessons at Salsa Night 
When: Friday, Oct. 7, 9 p.m.
Free for ladies, $10 for men

Floating Films at PAMM

Where: Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd.
When:  6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6
Free

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a screening of the Lin-Manuel Miranda and John M. Chu film “In The Heights,” a musical drama chronicling the life of a NY bodega owner who scrimps and saves while imagining a better life. Film screened from the water, lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Food and drink available for purchase.

Fiesta USA

Where: Homestead Live, 213 SW 3 Ct., Homestead
When:  3-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8
Free but RSVP required

Homestead Mainstreet hosts this Hispanic Heritage event with games, performances and visual artists all Hispanic themed. Live music by DJ Reflex. Free trolley rides from Homestead Station, 4 S Krome Ave.

Orchestra Miami

Where: Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave., Coral Gables
When: 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23
$8-$15

Orchestra Miami and HoBuCo present a bilingual performance of the folk tale “La Cucarachita Martina” set to Bizet’s well known opera “Carmen.” 

Greater Palm Beach

West Palm Beach

Entry is free at The Norton noon to 5 p.m. October 1, weather permitting, for Hispanic Heritage events. 

Festivities include:

  • Art
  • Latin dance
  • Poetry
  • local organizations
  • Hispanic vendors

Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561-832-5196

Feature: The Norton offers free entry for Hispanic Heritage festivities

Libraries

Libraries offer a variety of Hispanic Heritage events, including libraries in Palm Beach County.

BROWARD

Tunes N Trucks in Sunrise

October 21  La Muñeca de la Salsa (Latin), for National Hispanic Heritage Month, venue:  Amphitheater, 10610 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, entry is free

Miramar Latin Music Festival

Where: Amphitheater at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar
When: Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
Free, click here to register online

Performances by Cuban singer Albita, Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique, Dominican merengue artist Bonny Cepeda, and Reggaeton artist John Luis.

Free Salsa Music Fest in Hollywood

Festivities are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. September 17, 2022, with entertainment and dominoes tournament action.

It’s an Hispanic Heritage Month featuring Melina Almodovar and her orchestra at  6770 Garfield Street, Hollywood.

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Other Hispanic Heritage events

More free and cheap entertainment:

Saturday, January 28, 2023

South Florida Fair in West Palm

All Day | Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

2-for-1 entry for NSU Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale

Discounted | NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

High diving event in Fort Lauderdale featuring Olympian Greg Louganis & others

11:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | International Swimming Hall of Fame

Word Play Florida Road Show exhibit in Hollywood

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Kids Art Day in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Sistrunk Marketplace

Hot Cars & Chili in North Palm Beach

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Anchorage Park

45th Annual Everglades Bluegrass Festival

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | $5.00-35.00 | Greynolds Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Ignite Broward outdoor lights & projection art displays

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Esplanade Park

Fort Lauderdale ArtWalk

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Music & Arts South of Sunrise district

Fort Lauderdale Art Walk

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Music & Arts South of Sunrise district

Word Play Florida Road Show exhibit in Fort Lauderdale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Music & Arts South of Sunrise district

Lebanese Festival

6:00 pm | $5.00 | Our Lady-Lebanon Catholic Church

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, January 29, 2023

South Florida Fair in West Palm

All Day | Discounted | South Florida Fairgrounds

2-for-1 entry for NSU Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale

Discounted | NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Lebanese Festival

12:00 pm | $5.00 | Our Lady-Lebanon Catholic Church

45th Annual Everglades Bluegrass Festival

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | $5.00-35.00 | Greynolds Park

My Hollywood Pride street festival

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Downtown Hollywood

Free Family Day at Bass Museum of Art

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Bass Museum of Art

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Ignite Broward outdoor lights & projection art displays

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Esplanade Park

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, January 30, 2023

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Florida Panthers & Sunrise Hockey Festival

5:30 pm | FREE | Flamingo Park in Sunrise

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Noon Tunes

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Jazz at Jackson

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

The Moth - Miami StorySLAM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

STOMP

7:30 pm | Coral Springs Center for The Arts

Friday, February 3, 2023

First Fridays @ 5 concert in Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Downtown Delray Art Walk

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Rock The Park in Plantation

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Central Park

Lake Worth bonfires offer free music and fun

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Lake Worth Beach & Casino Complex

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

First Friday Art Walk

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Arts Garage

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Josie Gulliksen

About Josie Gulliksen

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, aside from Miami on the Cheap, she currently writes for Artburst Miami, Biscayne Times, Edible South FL and Miami Media Group. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today as Calendar Editor and arts writer and then worked for 13 years in public relations. She has her own blog Scene Around South FL.

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