Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by attending a local festival or by exploring some of the virtual events being offered for free. Here are some great options:
LOCAL EXPERIENCES AND CELEBRATIONS:
Florida Talks Speaker Series: Treasures from Aztlan: Hispanic Women's Voices; presented by Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi
Discover a different point-of-view from Hispanic women, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In 2005, Dr. Dominguez-Karimi created an oral history collection titled Treasures From Aztlan. She gathered stories from Mexican Americans who lived during the Jim Crow era. These stories gave the individuals represented in the collection a voice to tell their harrowing accounts of survival from racist laws and practices in our culture. Many of those featured in this project have passed away, but the record of their story lives on to honor the struggles and triumphs of Hispanic people.
This event is now virtual, RSVP here.
When: Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 6pm
Hosted by: Lake Wales History Museum
Smithsonian Museum Day: Celebrating Latin American Arts and Culture
This Smithsonian Day join us as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration of Latin American arts and culture. We will be joined by several Central Florida artists representing a wide variety of Latin American countries, displaying and selling their artwork. Meet the artists, see live painting demonstrations, and enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities! Admission is free all day with a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket. Artist displays, demonstrations, and all activities end at 4 p.m.
To receive free admission, guests must present an official Museum Day ticket. (Download a ticket here.) This ticket provides general admission for the ticket holder plus one guest.
When: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 10am-4pm
Where: Orange County Regional History Center
65 E Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801
Polk County Parks & Recreation Hispanic Heritage Festival
Polk County Parks & Recreation’s Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Eloise Resource Center is a celebration of culture through music, art and food. This free family event will feature live entertainment, games, art, music, creation stations and food prepared by local vendors.
When: Saturday, September 18, 2021, noon-4pm
Where: Eloise Resource Center
710 Snively Ave.
Eloise FL 33880
Viva Tampa Bay
We Invite the Tampa Bay community and surrounding counties to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring generations of Hispanic Americans with us!
When: Sunday, October 8, 2021, 11am-7pm
Where: Perry Harvey Sr. Park
1000 E. Harrison St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Lakeland Hispanic Heritage Festival
Please come out and help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage month during our 23rd Annual Lakeland Hispanic Festival! You will enjoy this wonderful cultural event which will include live music featuring many talented artists from around the Bay area, authentic Latin cuisine and children's activities. $5.00 Entry /Under the age of 12 Free
Presented by: Club Hispano de Lakeland
When: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Where: 121 S. Lake Ave
Lakeland, FL 33801
Heritage and History Month Events at the Smithsonian:
Youth in Action: Environmental Justice in South America
How do you make environmental development more just and equitable? Join the Smithsonian’s cultural interpreters in a conversation with young Indigenous activists from South America who are combating overexploitation of natural resources and developing more sustainable solutions.
This conversation will take place in Spanish. Simultaneous English interpretation
This virtual event is free and registration is required.
When: Thursday, September 16 at 4pm
Introducing… Hispanic Heritage Month
Introducing… a new kind of story time! Each week the Smithsonian will shine a light on some of this country's lesser-known history makers and their portraits. Join them on YouTube every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for Introducing… with a Portrait Gallery educator. Children will learn more about art, hear the stories behind the portraits, and even learn some new vocabulary. Select story times will be in Spanish. For children ages 3 and up and their families. This virtual event is free and requires no registration.
When: Wednesday, September 15 at 11am – Antonia Pantoja
Wednesday, September 29 at 11am – Juan Marichal
Wednesday, October 13 at 11am – Carmen Herrera
Wednesday, October 27 at 11am - Isabel Toledo
Young Portrait Explorers: Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Portrait Gallery with a series of Young Portrait Explorers. Join the virtual workshops for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history, and more! Portrait Gallery educators will lead a 30-minute program on a different Hispanic American that incorporates close looking at portraiture, movement and art-making. This virtual event is free and registration is required.
When: Wednesday, September 15 at 11am – Sonia Sotomayor
Wednesday, September 22 at 11am – Marisol Escobar
Wednesday, September 29 at 11am – Pedro Martínez
Wednesday, October 6 at 11am – Dolores Huerta and César Chávez
Wednesday, October 13 at 11am – Carmen Herrera
Wind Down Wednesday: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
Join the National Portrait Gallery for a conversation about Tejana icon Selena and the power of representation, image and fashion. Learn to make an “Amor Prohibido” cocktail or mocktail and explore the ways Selena created an image that continues to inspire, empower and electrify her fans. Nos sentimos muy… excited! This virtual event is free and requires no registration.
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5pm
Día de los Muertos Virtual Family Celebration
Celebrate Día de los Muertos online with Ballet Folklórico Mi Herencia Mexicana and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. There is fun for the whole family during this virtual performance. Watch as Ballet Folklórico Mi Herencia Mexicana demonstrate several Mexican folk dances including El Toro Viejo from Sinaloa and the popular, El Son de La Negra from Jalisco. Learn more about Día de los Muertos as the dancers and explain the history behind their dance traditions.
Continue celebrating Día de los Muertos on SAAM’s Latinx Heritage Family Zone, where you can learn more about Día de los Muertos, make crafts, do coloring pages, and watch videos about this traditional Mexican celebration. This virtual event is free and registration is required.
When: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 10am
MOLAA en Casa
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¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now
In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. Many artists came of age during the civil rights, labor, anti-war, feminist and LGBTQ+ movements and channeled the period’s social activism into assertive aesthetic statements that announced a new political and cultural consciousness among people of Mexican descent in the United States. ¡Printing the Revolution! explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicanx artists since then have advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice.