It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th. This month celebrates and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the culture, history, and achievements of the United States. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this year, DC has various events to attend!
Hispanic Heritage Month in DC
1 ⋆ DC Public Libraries’ Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Different libraries around DC will be having various Hispanic Heritage Month events for the next month! Some of these events include distribution of craft kits that celebrate numerous countries that participate in Hispanic Heritage Month. This kit includes a Papel Picado craft, Ojo de Dios Craft, Crossword Puzzle, coloring pages, and more. Additionally, there will be scavenger hunts to find clues and learn about famous Hispanic Americans, crafts, and bilingual reading events. Read more about the details of these events like where to pick up your craft kit and when these events are taking place on the DC Library events page.
2 ⋆ Visit the Smithsonian Museums’ Heritage and History Month Events
The Smithsonian Museum has countless events every month to learn about heritage and history. Join in-person and online events hosted by the Smithsonian Museums for vibrant performances, lectures, and family activities that celebrate our nation’s rich cultural heritage and help us understand our shared history. Check out the calendar and list of events here.
3 ⋆ I Survived La Chancla Comedy Slam - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Enjoy a laugh and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 24th at the “I Survived La Chancla” Comedy Event. This show and afterparty features an all Latinx lineup of comedians that have performed at such venues like the DC Improv, Magoobys, Broadway Comedy Club, and places around the DMV and abroad. The comedy event will be at Simple Bar and Grill at 5802 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20011. The show starts at 8pm and doors open at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and there is street parking by the venue. Read more about the event and get your tickets here.
4 ⋆ 2022 Manassas Latino Festival
The Manassas Latino Festival is an annual event that celebrates the cultural heritage and contributions of the Latin American community to DC, the surrounding areas and to our nation. The festival will include events you don’t want to miss like live music, dance performances, diverse foods and other fun activities for the entire family. The festival is free to attend and will take place on Saturday, September 24th from 12pm to 7pm at the Loy E. Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center St, Manassas, VA 20110. Read more about the 2022 Manassas Latino Festival here.
5 ⋆ Fiesta DC
Fiesta DC is an annual celebration highlighting Latino culture. The celebration will take place on September 24th and 25th and includes a parade of nations, a children’s festival, a beauty pageant, a science fair, a diplomatic pavilion for embassies and consulates, arts and crafts stations, and traditional Mexican and South/Central American cuisine. Read more about the events and celebration here!
6 ⋆ Latin American Film Festival
From September 22nd to October 12th, attend the 33rd annual AFI Latin American Film Festival at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring to experience one of North America’s largest and longest-running showcases of Latin American cinema. With the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal, the festival celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections during National Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s extensive selection of 41 films from 21 countries spans international festival favorites and award winners, local box-office hits and dynamic debuts from a new generation of Latin American filmmakers. Tickets range from $10 to $15, or you can purchase a festival pass. Read more about the film festival here.
7 ⋆ Virginia Hispanic Chamber’s Restaurante Week
From October 10th to 16th, celebrate Virginia Hispanic Chamber’s Restaurante Week! Restaurante week is a week-long celebration of Latin Cuisine throughout the state of Virginia where people can explore the many different types of flavors that make up the diverse world of Latin Cuisine. Featured Restaurants will offer a special for the week and will be highlighted at the top of the Restaurante Week webpage. Each box will include the restaurant’s name, location, contact information, website/menu link, and the featured special for the week. Specials will be available each day during the week. Check out the website for more information on Restaurante Week and how you can experience all these different cuisines and support local businesses.