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.
Head to Center Court at the Mall on Sept. 27 from 6-8 p.m. for this free event with a live band, cultural dance performances, domino tables, cigar rolling, face painting and arts & crafts. 7795 W. Flagler St.
Centro Cultural Español in Miami and Microtheater Miami invite you to enjoy their latest productions “El Modo Bar,” Tinderella, el Musical,” “Crazy por los Locos Addams” and “Encerra2” Sept. 26-Nov. 12. (Check schedules at the link above.) Celebrating Hispanic roots consulates sometimes will host parties at Microtheater Miami, 1490 Biscayne Blvd, with traditional dance, music. food and drinks.
Tito Puente, Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble perform along with a salsa class by Fitness by Fernando and a performance by expert salsa dancers during the concert. The free event is presented by Global Arts Project and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association Sept. 29 at Collins Park from 4-7 p.m. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
Expect traditional latin food, carnival rides, annual awards ceremony, dominoes, music and live entertainment at the Hispanic Heritage Festival on Oct. 4 from 6-9 pm at North Shore Park, 501 72 Street, in Miami Beach. Free admission, carnival ride tickets and refreshments for sale.
Fun-filled family afternoon on Oct. 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with a presentation by Dr. Mariana Diaz-Wionczek academic and bilingual education advocate on how to raise bilingual children and kids can enjoy storytelling, arts & crafts, face painting and giveaways. Free Barnes & Noble, 12405 N. Kendall Dr.
Miami International Mall
15th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Miami International Mall Sept. 28 from noon to 7 p.m. an action-packed free event including country exhibits, culinary treats and beverages provided by local restaurants, exciting musical and cultural performances by Gitanillas Dance Studio, Tango Times, Marinera 305, Tiempo al Tiempo, Mariachi Mexico Internacional and Tony Succar & Mixtura Band. Guests interested in tasting the the bites and beverages by Ron Barcelo throughout the mall from 1-3 p.m. are encouraged to purchase a $5 ticket, which will grant unlimited samplings. All proceeds from the purchased tickets will benefit local charities and the Simon Youth Foundation.
Celebrate at this annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at MoCA Plaza in Downtown North Miami. This year’s event is Oct. 19 from 7-10:30 p.m. and will be hosted by Enrique Santos, local radio personality who will introduce music by Mariachi los Mensajeros and David Lucca y los Clasicos de la Salsa and dance acts Viva Hora Loca and Fraternidad Bolivianos Unidos de Miami, plus there will be fun family activities and food from local Latin restaurants. 770 NE 125 St. Free.
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