9 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in New York City

Starting Thursday, September 15th (and running to Saturday, October 15th) is Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual event celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinos from the diaspora and Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Here are some special events happening in NYC for the month:

ART at El Museo del Barrio

Hispanic heritage month art in NY

Kick off HHM by having coffee time with the curator of El Museo del Barrio as she gives you a personal, private tour of the museum’s latest exhibition, ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion on Thursday, September 15th from 9:30am to 11:00am. For more details, go here.

Next – Dance exloration of ritual as rite of passage

DANCE at John Jay College

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Join Dzul Dance for its latest work, Rites of Passage, focused on pre-Hispanic rites of passage to explore the idea of ritual as a transformative experience. The dance group’s aesthetic is fusing aerial and circus arts. On Friday, September 23rd. Two shows. For more details, go here.

Next – Carnival Festival in Queens

FESTIVAL in Flushing, Queens, NY

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Celebrate Latino cultures around the world through art, music, dance and great food with the family at the Latin Culture Carnival in Queens on Sunday, September 18th. For more details, go here.

Next – Latino Short Films

FILM at the Official Latino Short Film Festival

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Support Latino filmmakers at the Official Latino Short Film Festival from Thursday, September 15th to Sunday, September 18th in Harlem. For more details, go here.

Next – Free Concert at Lincoln Center

MUSIC at Lincoln Center

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Check out M.A.K.U Soundsystem at Lincoln Center, a free concert featuring the Colombian band playing a mixture of Colombian folklore, psychedelic rock, and Caribbean grooves on Thursday, September 22nd from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. For more details, go here.

Next – Flower festival

NATURE at New York Botanical Garden

Edible Garden: New York Botanical Garden event
Edible Garden: New York Botanical Garden event

Smell the fresh garden air as you join in on the Fiesta de Flores celebration at the New York Botanical commemorating the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. Enjoy the live music, dancing, food, wine tastings and much more. For more details, go here.

Next – Via the Interwebs


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Learn more about the history of Latino Americanos in’s six episode documentary series, The Latino Americans. The doc goes back 500+ plus years! A full-educational lesson right from your computer. Watch the series here.

Play the Infinity of Nations Culture Quest, an educational game created by the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian to learn more about Native cultures through a collection of objects. Play here.

Next – Poetry night at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

POETRY at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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Don’t miss four of the hottest up and coming poets performing at LATINOS NYC PRESENTS: For the Love of Poetry in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Saturday, September 24th at 6:30pm. For more details, go here.

Damaly Gonzalez is the founder of Backpacking the Caribbean. Follow her #travel journeys on Instagram @damaly.

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