During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, America celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events
- Family Day Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian
September 14, 2013, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Month will be a held in conjunction with the exhibition “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed”. The festival will include a dance by Aval, a musical demonstration by Quiche Maya artist Carlos Chaclan, food demonstrations and pottery workshops.
- Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Gallery of Art - September 15 - October 15, 2013. The Gallery presents a wide array of offerings honoring this rich and diverse cultural legacy. The Gallery regularly offers Spanish-language guided tours, audio guides, and printed guides to the art collection.
- Prince George's County Hispanic Festival - September 15, 2013, noon – 5 p.m. Lane Manor Park, Adelphi, Md. The event highlights Hispanic culture with carnival games, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, pony rides, and ethnic food.
- AFI Latin American Film Festival
September 19 – October 9, 2013. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road. Silver Spring, MD. The Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections through the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.
- Hispanic Heritage Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum
Visitors can meet Hispanic astronauts, scientists and engineers, and participate in bilingual activities during at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Latino Festival - Fiestia DC - September 22, 2013. The annual event in Downtown Washington, DC includes a parade, a children’s festival, a science fair, arts & crafts, international cuisine and much more.
- Metro Mambo: The Legendary Tito Puente at the Anacostia Community Museum
September 28, 2013, 2-4 p.m. Hosted by Jim Byers (WPFW 89.3 FM’s “Latin Flavor”) the event includes an intimate retrospective of the legendary Tito Puente, followed by a dance party featuring one of the region’s top bands. The event is free, but space is limited; for information and reservations, call (202) 633-4844.
- Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo - September 29, 2013, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods.
- Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Museum of American History - Throughout September, the Smithsonian Museum offers special displays, programming and food offerings in their cafeteria. Highlights include A Room of Her Own: My Mother’s Altar, an installation created by Sandra Cisneros, acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street and Caramelo, based on Day of the Dead traditions to honor her mother.
Hispanic Related Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC
Many Hispanics have made important contributions to America. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to visit these monuments and learn more about these historic figures.