7 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Did you know that Dallas is 50% Hispanic? From amazing taquerias to mezcalerias, to murals and beyond, we see the influence daily. From September 15th to October 15th, we are paying homage to the Latino community in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate the vibrant, Hispanic community in the Metroplex in the coming weeks and throughout the year.
Visit the latino cultural center
visit the latino cultural center
Did you know that the Latino Cultural Center is located just a few minutes away from Deep Ellum? The staff calls the space a “multidisciplinary arts center” that offers events, including art exhibitions and lectures, throughout the year. Guests can sign up for individual events or choose to become a member. The Latino Cultural Center also appreciates having volunteers at their programs throughout the year, so contact them if you want to get involved.
And each year, the Latino Cultural Center showcases an exhibit in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year is no different. This year’s exhibit is called, “Honoring our ancestors: A 500-year journey back to Hernán Cortés.” It opens on Sept. 14 and closes on Oct. 12. On opening day, a reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. It’s free and open to the public so mark your calendars. There is a small parking lot outside of the facility, but it can fill up fast! Consider using a ride-sharing service or paying to park in a lot between the center and Deep Ellum.
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Tour the Kimbell Art Museum
If you want to get the family out of the house, take a field trip to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Starting on Sept. 15, the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, the art museum will give tours to families in Spanish (heads up if you aren’t fluent!).
The tours will take place on Sundays throughout Hispanic Heritage Month and are free to the public. They start at 1 p.m. and finish 45 minutes later, giving you plenty of time to visit other museums in the area. Park in a nearby garage and make it a museum day for the entire family!
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Attend the Dallas Arboretum Quinceañera Fashion Show
The Dallas Arboretum is known for its greenery and fresh flowers, but it’s showcasing some special dresses in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The second annual Dallas Arboretum Quinceañera Fashion Show will have food, music, cooking demos, and of course, some fancy dresses for you to look at. Don’t miss your chance to see the sidewalk turn into a runway for some local fashionistas on Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission into the Arboretum is $17 for adults, and $12 for children ages 2-12. Good news —there is no extra fee to see the fashion show. If you pay for parking the day of the event it’s $15, but here’s a pro tip: you can buy a parking pass early and save a few dollars.
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Enjoy a free Fiesta at Legacy Hall
If you like to dance, make sure to visit Legacy Hall at the beginning of October for the National Hispanic Heritage Fiesta. Havana NRG will be putting on a free concert for guests on Saturday October 5th, and there will be churros and street tacos to snack on. They’ll also be margaritas at the late-night event, so it seems like a recipe for a great time!
The party starts at 9 p.m., so be prepared to dance the night away!
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Stop by the new Latino arts project
The new Latino Arts Project is a non-profit pop-up museum, designed to bring a greater understanding of Latino art, history, and culture through exhibitions and community programs. In partnership with world-class national and international institutions, the museum will feature rotating shows of Latin American and Latinx artists.
And every Sunday, the Latino Arts Project celebrates rich Latin American heritage by hosting free “Family Days,” honoring family interaction and education. Also on September 19th, you can enjoy free admission and a talk by guest speaker Maria Estela Duarte, the curator of the Museo National de Arte, to discuss t the work created by the men and women that founded the Escuela Mexicana de Escultura.
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Check out the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
This organization offers training, education, and advocacy support for businessmen and women in North Texas. All of these resources are utilized by members of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) to enhance and enrich Hispanic businesses and to uplift the overall Hispanic community.
Those interested in joining GDHCC can visit the main website and apply for membership. While there, you can also check out the calendar that shows both organization and community-based events.
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Visit the Cara Mía Theatre
Actors and actresses affiliated with Cara Mía Theatre have used the stage to tell stories about the Latino community for more than 20 years. A major part of this group’s mission is to inspire others through “transformative Latinx theatre”— using actors of all ages. Young people are cherished by Cara Mía Theatre. In fact, the organization says more than 17,000 youth participate in its fine-arts programming each year.