Hispanic Heritage Month runs every year from September 15 until October 15 and it’s a time dedicated to celebrating the contributions and cultures of people whose ancestors are from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. To Miami, home to a thriving Hispanic community (coming at no surprise to anyone), it’s especially important.
From art exhibits and concerts to salsa lessons and savory eats, here are 22 festive events to celebrate:
1. Spend the day at Smorgasburg for its Hispanic Heritage Month celebration
Smorgasburg Miami, the city’s largest outdoor food market, is teaming up with Chef Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap to take your tastebuds on the ultimate ride! Stuff your face with delectable street foods, dance to the Latin rhythms with a salsa class, test your skills in a lively Domino contest groove to the beats of Puerto Rican salsa band Mofongo de Plena and more. Read more here.
When & where: September 29 at Lincoln Road (1100 Lincoln Rd), September 30 & October 1 at Wynwood (2600 NW 2nd Ave)
2. Satisfy your cravings with Latin Restaurant Weeks
What better way to celebrate Latin American cuisine than by having two straight weeks of food specials and meal deals during Hispanic Heritage Month? Latin Restaurant Weeks amplifies Latin-owned culinary businesses and talent, including restaurants, bakeries, chefs, bartenders and food trucks. Read all about it here.
When: September 15-29
3. Dance the night away at InterContinental’s Salsa Festival
Grab your dancing shoes for an unforgettable weekend filled with non-stop salsa dancing and entertainment at InterContinental Miami’s Second Annual Salsa Festival. The three-day soiree sizzles with dance workshops, pool parties and Miami’s hottest Salsa Dance Party, featuring luxury accommodations for two nights and an exclusive concert headlined by Los Adolescentes Band.
The iconic downtown hotel is celebrating the month with a plethora of festivities ranging from a weekly Art Residency featuring local Latin artists (every Monday) to esteemed international designers at the Muestra Herencia Fashion Show (October 12). Find all Hispanic Heritage Month events here.
When: October 13-15
Where: 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
4. Listen to lively symphonic pieces at The Hispanic Heritage Celebration by Alhambra Orchestra
The Alhambra Orchestra is Miami’s community orchestra, dedicated to promoting live classical performances and music education. Lead by Conductor Daniel Andai, the orchestra will perform Spanish and Spanish-inspired masterpieces at 7:30 p.m. in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Admission is free.
When: September 23
Where: 3300-3398 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
5. Catch the highly anticipated Billboard Latin Music Week
Timed with Hispanic Heritage Month, the ultimate celebration of Latin music and entertainment — Billboard Latin Music Week — returns to the Faena Forum this year for five days of music workshops, panels, conferences, performances and appearances from Shakira to RBD’s Christian Chávez, Maite Perroni and Christopher von Uckermann. Click here to read more.
When: October 2-6
Where: 1601 NE 164th St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162
6. Join the waitlist to this authentic Spanish Flamenco tour
Olé! After its huge success in different cities from the USA to Brazil with over 70,000 attendees, Authentic Flamenco is coming to Miami. Catch Amador Rojas, a renowned flamenco artist, perform a passionate flamenco show presented by the Royal Opera of Madrid & Fever. Tickets will be available to the public on September 21st, but you can join the waitlist today!
7. Get down to Jazz at MOCA
The free outdoor concert series at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami picks up a Latin beat when Latin Grammy-winning artist Pepito Montes takes the stage at 8 p.m. A multi-talented singer, pianist, producer and composer, Cuban-born Montes has collaborated with industry luminaries such as Marc Anthony, and has partnered with musical heavyweights like Sergio George, Luis Enrique and Oscar D’ Leon.
When: September 29
Where: 770 NE 125th St, North Miami, FL
8. Visit PAMM to catch artwork by Latin American and Latinx artists
On view on the walls of the Pérez Art Museum and in their permanent collection is art by today’s prominent and emerging Latinx artists. Some examples include “Penetrável Macaléia” by Hélio Oiticica and “Construcción con dos máscaras” by Joaquín Torres-García.
Click here to see which exhibitions are currently on view.
Where: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
9. Jam to this free Artscape Concert at Collins Park
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Global Arts Project presents a concert by Tito Puente Jr., son of legendary Latin jazz bandleader Tito Puente. From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be free salsa lessons courtesy of Fitness by Fernando, so make sure to wear your dance shoes!
When: September 24
Where: 2100 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
10. Celebrate ORGULLO Pride Festival
This year’s Hispanic LGBTQ+ festival features nearly two weeks of events spotlighting Hispanic and Indigenous art, music, dance and theater. The event includes an ArtDIVA bus tour, a religious clothing and rituals workshop, a Goddess Cabaret, Gods Gala & Legends Honors Awards at the Spanish Monastery.
Click here to visit Celebrate ORGULLO’s website.
When: October 1-13
11. Watch the Marlins score for Mexican Heritage Day
The Miami Marlins take on the Milwaukee Brewers on September 24 at 1:40 p.m. and loanDepot park will come alive with flags and cheers for their Mexican Heritage Celebration. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will benefit the Mexican American Council (MAC) and special jerseys will be distributed before and during the game.
When: September 24
Where: 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
12. Catch a Live on the Plaza performance
At the Arsht Center’s Thomson Plaza for the Arts, violinist Daniela Padrón will take you on a trip through world music and Latin American rhythms with an all-star ensemble that showcases the versatility of the Venezuelan cuatro and the magical combination of bass and percussion. The two-time Latin Grammy nominee has several solo albums and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Willie Colón, Soledad Bravo and Lolita Flores.
When: September 21
Where: 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132