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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Houston!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Houston!

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month, when people recognize
the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americansto the United States
and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

September 15th is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. The month-long celebration officially begins on Saturday September 15, ending on Monday, October 15. But, because Latinos love partying, for some the celebration starts days before and for others continues days after this dates. However, here some upcoming events in Houston to join the celebration of the peoples, history, culture and contribution of America's 50.7 million Hispanics:

  • Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Harris County Public Library. All of their branches have events planned to recognize the contributions of Latinos to our communities and to American culture. There will be movies, crafts, storytelling, cooking and dance demonstrations, book discussions, and, of course, fiestas! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 22, when HCPL will host a special Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Aldine Branch Library with lots to do, see and taste! They'll have entertainment including a puppet show, folkloric dance and Happy the Clown. They'll have games provided by the Aldine-Greenspoint Family YMCA, as well as a piñata, lots of crafts and a moonwalk, and what kind of festival would it be without food? They'll have plenty of treats including yummy paletas to cool you off! For listings of all Hispanic Heritage Month programs, please visit their events calendar at
  • Exhibition: Pablo Almeida until Sept 26th: Acclaimed painter Pablo Almeida from Quintana Roo, Mexico graces the walls of TBH (Talento Bilingüe de Houston). A graduate of the prestigious San Carlos Academy established in 1781 and has exhibited alongside some of Latin America's finest painters including José Luis Cuevas, Carlos Zalce, and others. This is the final weekend for this exhibit!
  • Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit and Poetry Reading at MECA (Multi-Cultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) by Latin American Artist Lorena Fernandez: The exciting works of artist Lorena B. Fernandez will be shown at MECA from September 6 to October 8 in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage. A closing reception will include a bilingual poetry reading by the artist on October 8th at 7:00 pm. Fernandez will read poems from her bilingual art and poetry book "How to Exist, an Impractical Guide." For more information, visit
  • México Lindo y Querido. Enjoy the rich culture of Mexico and its history through its music and colorful folk dances at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. On September 8, the admission is free and the show starts at 11am. For more information, visit
  • Chevron Fiesta Sinfonica: Please join the Houston Symphony, on Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 6pm, for the annual free concert that salutes Hispanic Heritage Month. Tickets for this performance are available only at the Houston Symphony Customer Service Center located at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana Street. The Houston Symphony Patron Services Center is open Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm. Tickets are limited and will be available while supplies last. Falla: Suite No. 1 from El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat) Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra Revueltas: Sensemayá Falla: Suite No. 2 from El Sombrero de tres picos. ARTISTS: Hans Graf, Conductor, Jason Vieaux, Guitar. For more information, visit
  • Desfile Internacional de las Fiestas Patrias. This is one of the largest and most colorful parades in the city ending with the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias. Starts at Mandell Street and ends in Louisiana Street at downtown Houston this September 15, from 9am - 5pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias Chilenas. All Chileans and friends are invited to enjoy an afternoon with dance performances, traditional foods and sharing of old and new traditions. Sunday, September 16, from 12:30am - 6:30pm at Bear Creek Park. Call (832) 486 0403 for more information.
  • Fiestas Patrias focuses on Diez y Seis de Septiembre, Mexico's official Independence Day. Live cultural music, dancing, food and activities for children take place at Trader's Village. Admission is free but you may have to pay for parking. Fiestas Patriasat Trader's Village 7979 N. Eldridge Rd., Houston, Texas 77041 (281) 890-5500
  • The Puerto Rican Cuban Festival: September 22 at City Hall and Tranquility Park in Downtown Houston: Salsa, Merengue and Timba lovers will gather once again in Houston to celebrate the musical, cultural and culinary heritage of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. The Internationally recognized PRC Festival is the largest celebration of Salsa and Merengue music and Caribbean culture west of the Mississippi.Three of the most recognizable names in Salsa, Timba and Merengue; Tito Nieves, Issac Delgado, and Mala Fe will provide hours of the best tropical music. Known as "The Pavarotti of Salsa," Tito Nieves, will bring to Houston the best of salsa/tropical music to three decades of fans. Nieves will bring hits that made millions fall in love with Salsa; Sonambulo and Senora Ley, as well as the new songs from his latest album "Mi ultima grabacion." Additionally the 12-hour Festival will feature local artists, DJs, bands and dance groups. For more informaton:
  • Lone Star College-CyFair is offering week-long events beginning Sept. 28. Students will have the opportunity to learn salsa dance steps, enjoy the festive tunes of a Mariachi band, and even attend a poetry session where they'll hear about the struggles many Mexican-Americans face.
  • Talento Bilingüe de Houston presents Reflecting Hispanic Heritage Month: Bocón.  By Lisa Loomer.  Directed by Angeles Romero. September 28th, 29th, 30th, Curtain 9:30 am & 11:15 am. In this fable filled with humor, mysticism and song, Talento Bilingüe de Houston proudly premieres an in-house production by its first acting class taught by Angeles Romero. Bocón tells the story of Miguel, a twelve year-old boy, who flees a repressive military regime in Central America for the United States. A natural storyteller and irrepressible "Bocón"/ "Big Mouth," Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken and begins a metaphorical journey north. Along the way he teams up with an unusual traveling companion, La Llorona, the legendary "Weeping Woman" of Mexican mythology. Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel's story is relevant to immigrants across the world and to any child who is learning to find his or her own voice. Bocón is available to all schools at a discount as part of TBH's Hispanic Heritage Month For group or school bookings please contact Amira Gongora or Mary Vaughan , (713) 222-1213.
  • Macy's Latino event: On Sunday October 3rd, Macy's El Canto Latino events will be here in Houston at the Galleria location. The events include discussions on family, heritage and health, by speakers including, Barbara Trujillo Gomez, Lilly Mucarsel, Evelina Solis and Luz Maria Briseno. In addition to programs empowering the community to live well and feel good, the number one goal for Macy's and the American Heart Association's Go Red Por Tu Corazón movement, is to raise awareness of heart disease among Hispanic women.
  • Cristian Castro Headliner for the 26th Annual Day of the Hispanic World: Experience a unique show dedicated to highlighting the diversity of the Hispanic world at the 26th Annual Day of the Hispanic World featuring internationally renowned singer Cristian Castro and local professional folkloric dance companies on Saturday October 16, 2010 at 8:00 PM at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. The show will also commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the independence of Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. For information on this admission-free event and the Miller Outdoor Theatre, visit Talento de Bilingue de Houston online at

And for all your Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations where do you go for the authentic Latin American foods to make this month-long celebration one big party? Why, Fiesta Mart, of course!



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