So many ways to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15–Oct. 15, and the Boston area is bursting with events celebrating the many cultures, traditions and histories of Spanish-speaking countries. Strap on your salsa shoes and make room for a few extra tortillas — it’s going to be an exciting month!
When: Sept. 15-Oct. 15
Where: Seaport District, South Boston
About: During Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latinx-owned businesses in Boston’s Seaport District will donate a portion of proceeds from special products and cocktails to Sociedad Latina, an organization that works to bridge inequities in access to health care, educational and professional services and other areas within the youth Latinx community.
When: Sept. 17-Oct. 14
Where: Boston City Hall Plaza
About: The City of Boston and Ágora highlight Latinx culture during the month with five different events at City Hall Plaza, including a concert of local Latinx artists, an exploration of poetry and Afro-Antillean rhythms, a salsa night dance party, a movie night of Latinx-made films and a live dialogue about Afro-Latin arts.
When: Thursday, Sept. 21, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
About: The MFA will celebrate Latinx Heritage Month in partnership with Amplify Latinx and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción with a robust schedule of activities and $5 minimum pay-what-you-wish admission. Participate in art-making activities, listen to lectures by and about Latinx artists, dance to live salsa music and more.
When: Friday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Harvard Ed Portal, Allston
About: Explore Katiana Rodriguez’s new exhibit, “A Love Letter to You, Mi Gente,” at the Harvard Ed Portal. Rodriguez is a queer, Afro-Latinx artist and New York City native who uses digital illustration and 3D sculptural work to celebrate her heritage, community and home.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lynn Arts, Lynn
About: Learn how to cook handmade corn tortillas and then incorporate them into a traditional Guatemalan breakfast including scrambled eggs, mashed black beans, sweet plantains and more.
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, Cambridge
About: Learn salsa, bachata and merengue moves and then hit the dance floor for an all-night dance party. The party will take place in the dark with glowing accessories, decorations and installations lighting up the dance floor.
When: Sunday, Sept. 24, 2-7 p.m.
Where: Verónica Robles Cultural Center, East Boston
About: The Massachusetts Health Connector will host a talent showcase at the Verónica Robles Cultural Center featuring performances by the center’s students as well as culturally significant foods and beverages. Representatives from Health Connector will be on site to answer questions about affordable health insurance access.
When: Sept. 27-Oct. 5
Where: Venues around Boston
About: The CineFest Latino Boston annual film festival screens films around the city telling Latinx and Spanish stories with the intention of breaking down monolithic stereotypes about Hispanic cultures. This year’s festival includes screenings of “La Pecera,” “Todas las Flores,” “A Thousand Pines” and others.
When: Saturday, Sept. 30, 12-8 p.m.
Where: North Common Park, Lowell
About: Enjoy live music and other cultural performances, take a dance lesson, see work by local artists and sample foods from a wide spectrum of Latinx backgrounds.
When: Friday, Oct. 6, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Where: Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library
About: Children ages 7-12 can join Boston Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla for a workshop exploring the basics of poetry-writing and how poetry can be a powerful way to express culture and emotion
When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
About: The Uphams Corner Branch Library and FreEMotion/LibrEmoción Repertory Company will host a performance and dance lesson focusing on salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha cha cha.
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Margarita Muñiz Academy, Jamaica Plain
About: Watch a live performance by tenor saxophone player Edmar Colón and an accompanying pianist, engage in arts activities appropriate for all ages and sample Caribbean food provided for the event.