National Hispanic Heritage Month

City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event which spans from September 15 – October 15 commemorates how Hispanic individuals and communities influenced and continue to influence and contribute immensely to American society at large.

  • Yanga and the AfroMexican Experience
    • Exhibition NOW – Saturday, October 15, 2022
    • Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St.)
    • Yanga and the AfroMexican Experience features an entire gallery devoted to Yanga, exploring this historical story with documents from the Archivo General de la Nacion (National Archives) in Mexico City and Archivo General de Indias (Archive of the Indies) in Seville, Spain. Learn about the African experience in the Mexican state of Veracruz, as the main landing site for many of the enslaved Africans that went directly to Mexico on the Caribbean coast, Costa Chica, the southern Pacific area that crosses the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca and the Texas bordering state of Coahuila that became a refuge for former slaves from the US.
  • Flor, Canto, y Grito!
    • Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5 pm
    • Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St.)
    • The curated event highlights Hispanic and Native Cultures with food, drink, poetry, music, dance, and expressions of the spirit. The afternoon-into-evening program will delight the senses and give attendees a glimpse of the Hispanic and Native cultures of yesterday and today. There will be a mercadito with vendors and exhibitors offering folk arts, crafts, imports, and food.
  • Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company
    • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 11:30 am
    • Dallas Public Library – Renner Frankford Branch (6400 Frankford Rd.)
    • Celebrate Hispanic and LatinX Heritage Month with dance! Learn about the the spirit and traditions behind dances such as Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Folklorico, and more in this family friendly interactive program full of music and dance. 
  • Latinidad Festival 2022
    • Saturday, September 17, 2022 at 5 pm
    • AT&T Performing Arts Center (2389 Flora St.)
    • Join us as we kick off Hispanic Heritage month with the first Latinidad Festival 2022 in Annette Strauss Square presented by the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico with a pop-up market curated by Hecho Con Amor. Celebrate the diversity of Latin America through food, music, dance, local vendors, and art. This festival is a FREE family-friendly event that brings the color and diversity of Latin America while also supporting and spotlighting local businesses, organizations, and artists.

  • Family Movie Night: Coco!
    • September 21, 2022 at 4:30 pm
    • Pleasant Grove Branch Library (7310 Lake June Road)
    • A boy named Miguel dreams of becoming a famous guitar player, despite the misgivings of his close-knit family. When his lofty ambitions cause him to run afoul of a curse, he must journey into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors.

  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration
    • Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 3:30 pm
    • Fireside Recreation Center (8601 Fireside Dr.)
    • Performances by Cara Mia Theater, Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico (with live Mariachi band), and our City of Dallas Poet Laureate. 
  • Sunny Sauceda Concert
    • Friday, September 30, 2022, 8-10 pm, Doors open at 7 pm
    • Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St.)
    • Sunny Sauceda is a three-time Grammy-winning Tejano music artist from San Antonio, Texas. Sauceda plays the accordion and is known as the most energetic accordion player in the world. His accordion playing often overshadows his vocal prowess. Sauceda has a sultry but powerful modern voice.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Festival
    • Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10 am
    • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (2922 MLK Blvd.)
    • This year The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center are hosting our first ever Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, October 1, 2022, which will be an in-person community event with free activities for children, live entertainment, and local vendors. Special guests include Ballet Folklórico Ollimpaxqui and the Cristo Rey Dallas Aesthetic Literacy students. There will be a live Zumba demonstration by Ariana Zuniga. We will also have a special art display from local students showcasing original art reflecting the diversity of Hispanic and Latino culture.

  • Fronteriza: A Collaborative Project by Nuestra Collective
    • Exhibition from October 1 – November 4
    • Reception will be hosted Saturday, October 1 from 6 – 8 pm at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center
    • Oak Cliff Cultural Center (223 W. Jefferson Blvd.)
    • Nuestra Artist Collective is focused on creating a platform that includes only women artists in order to support and empower the often-excluded voices of Xicana and Latina artists. As women we approach art and themes about the border in a collaborative way. The interconnectedness in our work includes aspects of the female perspective about our family history, culture, place, and politics. During the past year, we have been fortunate to experience group meetings with the artists in the exhibit. This was an opportunity for us to exchange thoughts, share information, and learn from each other. Throughout our studio visits we discussed cultural identity, family history, socio-political issues, the environment, migration, and immigration policies. We realized the border is not just a line separating two countries, but it is also a cultural entity that unites us and informs the art we make.

  • Explore Latin America: Colombia
    • Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:30 am  
    • Audelia Road Branch Library (10045 Audelia Rd.)
    • Bilingual Storytime, dance workshop led by Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico where you can learn to Cumbia, and craft paint your own Terra Cotta pot and learn about Ráquira, a small town known as the ceramics capital of Colombia.

  • Explore Latin America: Puerto Rico
    • Saturday, October 8, 2022 10:30 am 
    • Forest Green Branch Library (9619 Greenville Ave.)
    • Bilingual Storytime,  Dance workshop and learn some traditional Puerto Rican dances such as Salsa and Reggaeton including some craft! Learn about the Taino, the indigenous people of the Caribbean and make your own Taino rock art.

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