National Hispanic Heritage Month runs annually 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. See “I Speak Spanglish,” a recently-unveiled hand painted mural by Hispanic artists
The Hispanic Art Expressions Exhibit put together by Miami-Dade County’s Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board and Embajadores del Arte highlights the heritage of thousands of people in the city. It will be on view from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center.
When: Now until October 31
Where: 111 NW 1st Street Miami, FL 33128
2-6. Attend FIU’s panel discussions, hora locas and student spotlights
The Hispanic Serving Institution has more than a dozen events in store to celebrate the experiences of Hispanic- and Latine-identifying people, including:
- September 20 – “Where are the Afro-Latines?” discussion bringing together Afro-Latines to share their lived experiences and bring awareness to issues the community faces
- September 21 – “Mujeres Empoderadas: Across Generations” discussion on navigating cultural politics, feminism and advocacy
- September 24 – “PROOF Presents: La Ultima Gira” film premiere and scholarship fundraiser benefiting FIU’s Maurice A Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership
- September 26 – “Noche Latina” cultural celebration featuring food, dancing and live performances
- October 11 – “Liderazgo Cívico: Engaging Latine Communities” discussion addressing leadership across heritage and history
Click here for more information.
7. Meet Latin music artists Elena Rose and Mariah Angeliq at an Urban Outfitters pop-up
To celebrate their collaboration, Billboard and Urban Outfitters are hosting a Q&A panel at their Miami store with artists Elena Rose and Mariah Angeliq at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The two companies have launched a 12-piece vibrant apparel collection just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month and in part, have donated $25,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), which empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete higher education.
When: September 30
Where: 841 Lincoln Road, Miami, FL 33130
8. Catch live music and artisan showcases at Dolphin Mall
From September 23 through October 14, the mall’s Ramblas Plaza will come alive with salsa, tambores, tango and flamenco honoring multiple countries and cultures. From Cuba to Spain, the festivities will take place each Friday, from 7 to 11 p.m. Dolphin Mall’s Ramblas Plaza is located at Entry 4, near the Forever 21 and Saks Off 5th stores.
When: Fridays, starting September 23
Where: 11401 NW 12 St., Miami, FL 33172
9. Enjoy the art of “Con Acento: Hispanic Heritage Art Exhibit and Concert”
From 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the North Miami Beach Library, this free community event will feature an award-winning mariachi band, Hispanic artists and a Caribbean Salsa vocalist. Plus, food vendors, music, folklore, craft and fun await you.
When: September 23
Where: 1601 NE 164th St, North Miami Beach, FL 33162
10. See epic spanish rap battles at Red Bull Batalla
All eyes are on Wynwood, where the top MCs will go head-to-head for a chance to be crowned National Champion at the Red Bull Batalla US Finals. Red Bull Batalla has risen to become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition that unites Spanish speakers across the globe, providing young rappers a platform to hone and showcase their skills. And what better time to celebrate and amplify Hispanic talent than with these incredible artists on Hispanic Heritage Month?
When: September 24 & October 8
Click here to read more about the competition.
11. Join Miami Beach for a Hispanic Heritage Celebration
From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Miami Beach Bandshell, this celebration will feature music by Melina Amodóvar “La Muñeca de la Salsa” and her Salsa Orchestra with additional guest performers Mofongo de Plena and Puerta de Oro de Colombia. There will also be free salsa lessons and Latin food. Admission is free with an RSVP.
When: September 24
Where: 7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
12. 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 present symphonic pieces by Hispanic composers or inspired by Spanish culture at 7:30 p.m. in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Admission is free.
When: September 24
Where: 2901 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33135
13. 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 “Mujer con gallo (Woman with Rooster)” by Mariano Rodríguez.
Click here to see which exhibitions are currently on view.
Where: 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
14. Cha cha to Havana 1957 Ocean Drive’s Cuban Live Nights
During Hispanic Heritage Month, Havana 1957 will have free salsa lessons and a fun and interactive live show presented by La Perla starting at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It’s a time capsule to the glorious time of old Cuba!
When: Fridays & Saturdays
Where: 940 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
15. Jam to this ARTSCAPE Concert at Collins Park
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Global Arts Project and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association present a free outdoor performance by Cuban Timba sensation Timbalive. From 5 to 7 p.m. in Liberty Plaza, there will be salsa dancers courtesy of Magic Room Productions and food vendor, Tasty Bites, will be on hand for those that want to grab a bite to eat.
When: September 25
Where: 2200 Liberty Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
16. Take your kids to the Miami Children’s Museum to learn all about Hispanic Heritage
At the Miami Children’s Museum, children will learn about Hispanic athletes, filmmakers and artists through games and animation, and can also create art pieces inspired by Mexican artist Victoria Villasana. Additionally, they’ll get to enjoy a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta with live music, dance performances and storytelling!
When: Now until September 30
Where: 980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132
17. Catch the highly anticipated Billboard Latin Music Week
Get ready! Timed with Hispanic Heritage Month, the ultimate celebration of Latin music and entertainment returns to the Faena Forum this year for five days of music workshops, panels, conferences, exclusive conversations and celebrity performances from Nicky Jam to Romeo Santos. Click here to read more.
When: September 26-October 1
Where: 3300-3398 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
18. 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 in September when Peruvian-born trumpeter Dante Vargas takes the outdoor stage at 8 p.m.
When: September 30
Where: 770 NE 125th St, North Miami, FL
19. Celebrate ORGULLO 2022 Festival
This year’s Hispanic LGBTQ+ festival features eight days of events spotlighting Hispanic and Indigenous art, music, dance and theater. Theevent includes an ArtDIVA bus tour, a Caribbean dance and music workshop, a “Los Invisibles de Colombia,” exhibit and a TropiGALA B.C. (a night of music and dancing in North Miami recalling the world of pre-revolutionary Cuba).
When: October 1-8
Click here to visit Celebrate ORGULLO’s website.
20. Satisfy your cravings with Latin Restaurant Weeks
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What better way to celebrate Latin American culture and cuisine during Hispanic Heritage Month? In partnership with the GrubHub Community Fund and Feed the Soul Foundation, Latin Restaurant Weeks will amplify Latin-owned culinary businesses and talent, including restaurants, bakeries, chefs, bartenders and food trucks. Participating restaurants for the two-week event include La Catrina, Bachour, Amigo Grill, Fusion Fuego, Botanico Gin & Cookhouse, Tequiztlan Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, and so much more!
When: October 7-21
Click here to see all participating restaurants.
21. Dance the night away at this Salsa Festival at the InterContinental Miami
Hosted by Salsa Lovers, the 1st Annual Salsa Festival heads to Downtown Miami overlooking the Bay. It’ll be a weekend full of dancing, prizes and unforgettable memories!
When: October 14-16
Where: 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131
22. Celebrate Miami Lakes’ “Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Experience Venezuela”
This year, the spotlight turns to Venezuela! From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Miami Lakes Town Hall, this festivity will include food from Francisca Charcoal Chicken & Meats, and music. Admission is free.
When: October 15
Where: 6601 Main St, Miami Lakes, FL 33014