Latin Celebrations

Latin celebrations in New York City include national daysparadesstreet fairsfeasts and fasts.

Celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Sacrifice Feast

The most important Muslim holiday.
Sundown to Sundown
Monday – Tuesday
August 20 – 21, 2018

Uruguayan Independence Day

Declaration of Independence from Brazil
August 25, 1825
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Brazilian Day New York 2018 is the biggest Brazilian festival outside Brazil

Little Brazil
46th St at Sixth Avenue
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, September 2, 2018

The West Indian Day Parade Caribbean Carnival is NYC’s Labor Day Parade

Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Ave to Grand Army Plaza
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Monday, September 3, 2018

Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day

Dom Pedro I declares independence from Portugal
September 7, 1821
Friday, September 7, 2018

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Our Lady Caridad del Cobre Mass (Cuba)

Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Italian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish and Venezuelan masses.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Fifth Ave (between 50th/51st St)
Midtown East, Manhattan
Spanish mass, Sundays
Our Lady Caridad del Cobre Mass
(Patron Saint of Cuba)
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Spanish Mass

Rosh Hashanah 2018 starts the Jewish Year 5779 ~ L’shanah tovah

L’shanah tovah
September 9 – 11, 2018

National Day of Catalonia commemorates the Siege of Barcelona

September 11, 1714

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

September 15 – October 15

Mexican Independence Day celebrates “El Grito de Dolores”

¡Viva México!
September 16, 1810

Celebrate Chilean Independence Day

September 18, 1810
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fall starts on the September Equinox (North) or March Equinox (South)

Southern hemisphere
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Northern hemisphere
Sunday, September 23, 2018

22nd Panamanian Day Parade 2017

Franklin Ave from Bergen St to President St and Classon Ave
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hispanic Day Parade 2018

Fifth Avenue
44th to 69th Street
Midtown / Upper East Side
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Columbus Day Parade 2018 is New York City’s big Italian celebration

Fifth Avenue
47th to 72nd St
Monday, October 8, 2018

Celebrate Spain’s National Day, La Fiesta Nacional de España

October 12, 1492
Friday, October 12, 2018

Celebrate Argentine Mother’s Day

Most countries celebrate on the second Sunday in May. Others celebrate on different days in May, June, August, October and December.
Argentine Mother’s Day
Third Sunday in October
Sunday, October 21, 2018

Day of the Dead blends Aztec, Spanish, and American traditions

Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Wednesday, November 1, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018

Celebrate All Souls Day, the Catholic day for remembering dead family

November 2. The Mexican Day of the Dead blends Aztec traditions with All Souls Day.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Panamanian Independence Days

November 28, 1821
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
November 3, 1903
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Veterans Day Weekend

Friday – Sunday
November 9 – 11, 2018

Veterans Day Parade 2018 honors Americans who serve

Many Latins serve with honor and pride.
Fifth Avenue
Midtown, Manhattan
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Our Lady of Providence is the patron saint of Puerto Rico

Feast November 19
Monday, November 19, 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25, 1960 ~ The Mirabal Sisters were assassinated for working against the Trujillo dictatorship.
Sunday, November 25, 2018

Celebrate the feast of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music

Feast November 22
Thursday, November 22, 2018

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 2018

Rockefeller Center
48th to 50th St (between Fifth & Sixth Ave)
Midtown, Manhattan
Monday, January 7, 2019
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Celebrate Portuguese Restoration of Independence Day

December 1, 1640 ~ Portugal regains its independence from Spain.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Día de las Velitas is a Colombian Christmas tradition

Immaculate Conception Eve
December 7, 1854
Friday, December 7, 2018

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico

Midtown, Manhattan
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Celebrate La Novena de Navidad

Saturday – Sunday
December 16 – 24, 2018

Christmas in New York City

Monday, December 24, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year’s Eve 2019

Times Square and everywhere
Monday, December 31, 2018

Three Kings Day (Dia de Los Reyes) is the Hispanic Christmas

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Meet the Three Kings at Teatro SEA’s Three Kings Day and receive a gift

Teatro SEA
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
Lower East Side
Sunday, January 6, 2018

50 years on, we need Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s spirit with us now

Stand up for ourselves in a non-violent way. Get an education, vote, and keep going until we are truly free at last.
Born January 15, 1929
Assassinated April 4, 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019
Monday, January 21, 2019

Celebrate Candelmas, the end of Epiphany and La Fiesta de la Candelaria

February 2
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Latin things to do in NYC on Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Week

This Christian feast honoring a Roman saint got associated with romantic love in the Middle Ages.
February 14
Thursday, February 14, 2019

President’s Day Weekend 2019

The third Monday in February is an American national holiday that commemorates the birthdays of presidents Washington and Lincoln.
Friday – Monday
February 15 – 18, 2019

Celebrate Carnival, the Latin Party that ends on Mardi Gras

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Celebrate Dominican Independence Day

February 27, 1844
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

International Women’s Day 2019

March 8
Friday, March 8, 2019

Celebrate Purim to remember how Esther spoke up and saved her people

We need the spirit of Esther in our country today.
14th day of Adar
Sundown – Sundown
Wednesday – Thursday
March 20 – 21, 2019

Celebrate International Romani Day

Celebrates Romani (Gypsy) culture
April 8
Monday, April 8, 2019

Holy Week (Semana Santa) is the Latin world’s main holiday season

April 14 – 20, 2019

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry in Jerusalem

Sunday before Easter
Sunday, April 14, 2019

Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson #42 broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day April 15, 1947.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus

Friday, April 19, 2019

Passover 2019 commemorates our freedom from slavery and the Exodus

Sundown – Sundown
Friday – Saturday
April 19 – 27, 2019

Celebrate Easter, the Christian Spring holiday

Sunday, April 21, 2019

NYC Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival

Fifth Avenue
Midtown, Manhattan
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Celebrate Earth Day 2019

From the ground, Earth seems limitless, but from space it’s easy to see that we live on a small rock. As the saying goes, “Don’t shit where you eat.” Save the planet.
April 22
Monday, April 22, 2019

Celebrate May Day or Worker’s Day, a public holiday in many Latin cultures

May 1
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cinco de Mayo 2019 is not Mexican Independence Day, but it is fun

Celebrate the French defeat at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862
Sunday, May 5, 2019

“Evita” Eva Perón is an icon of Argentina

May 7, 1919 born in Argentina
Sunday, May 7, 2019

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal

May 13 – October 13, 1917: Three children, the Guardian Angel of Portugal, and The Virgin. The Miracle of the Sun with tens of thousands of witnesses. Secrets and revelations.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend things to do in NYC 2019

Remember all who died serving our country.
Monday, May 27, 2019
Friday – Monday
May 24-27, 2018

Celebrate the May Revolution of Buenos Aires

On May 25, 1810, the May Revolution of Buenos Aires launched the Argentine War of Independence ~ which launched the Latin American Wars of Independence ~ which ended with the Spanish-American War of 1898. One step in the eternal struggle to be free.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

152nd Street Cultural Festival celebrates Puerto Rican culture ¡ Boricua !

The warm-up to the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
152nd St between Jackson Ave and Union Ave
Woodstock, The Bronx
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Feast of the Ascension commemorates Jesus entering heaven

The religious narrative of rising into the heavens mirrors the nature’s narrative of crops growing towards the sky.
40th day of Easter
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Celebrate La Festa della Repubblica, Italy’s national day

Commemorates the Italian vote on June 2, 1946 that ended the monarchy and founded the Republic of Italy.
Sunday, June 2, 2019

Celebrate Portugal Day 2019 (Dia de Portugal), Portugal’s national day

Portuguese Festival and Parade in the heart of Metro New York’s Portuguese community.
Peter Francisco Park
Newark, New Jersey
Friday – Sunday
June 7 – 9, 2019
Sunday, June 9, 2019

Remember Luís de Camões, the Shakespeare of Portugal

The author of Portugal’s national epic poem ‘Os Lusíadas,’ about Vasco de Gama’s opening of a sea route to India, died on June 10, 1580.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Museum Mile Festival 2019 is a Fifth Avenue Street Party

Second Tuesday in June
Fifth Avenue from 82nd – 105th St
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Happy Father’s Day (Día del Padre)

Third Sunday in June
Sunday, June 16, 2019

Celebrate the Summer Solstice 2010, the shortest night of the year

Celebrate Midsummer with a little Fête de la Musique.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the patron saint of Haiti

Patron saint of Haiti
June 27
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Celebrate Venezuelan Independence Day (Cinco de Julio)

July 5, 1811 ~ Cinco de Julio marks the birth of the first independent nation in South America.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Enjoy World Chocolate Day with cocoa from Central and South America

Chocolate is originally from the upper Amazon in Colombia and Venezuela. It was domesticated in Guatemala and Mexico. Spanish friars brought it back to Europe where sugar made it popular.
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Celebrate Nueve de Julio, Argentine Independence Day

July 9, 1816 ~ The restoration of the Spanish throne forced the United Provinces of South America (modern Argentina & Uruguay) to choose independence.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

La Virgen de Chiquinquirá is the patron saint of Colombia

July 9, 1919 ~ Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá receives a Canonical Coronation at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá in Boyacá, Colombia.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Flower Parade and Festival 2019

Friday, July 12, 2019
Jackson Heights, Queens
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Northern Blvd, 69th to 88th St
Jackson Heights, Queens
Sunday, July 14, 2019
(Expected dates)

Celebrate Bastille Day 2019, the French national day

July 14, 1789 ~ the storming of the Bastille fortress launched the French Revolution.
Sunday, July 14, 2019

Celebrate Colombian Independence Day “Veinte de Julio”

July 20, 1810 ~ Protests in Bogotá led to the formation of a government independent from Spain.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Celebrate National Tequila Day

Enjoy the fruity flavor of this agave spirit with roots in pre-Columbian Mexico.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Simón Bolívar is the George Washington of South America

July 24, 1783, CARACAS, VENEZUELA ~ Simón Bolívar is born. In 1819, he defeated the Spanish and founded Gran Colombia (Colombia, Ecuador, Panama & Venezuela). He later founded Peru and Bolivia.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Colombian Parade NYC 2019 ~ Desfile Colombiano NY

~ GALA Terrace on the Park
Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Queens
Friday, July 26, 2019
82nd St & 37th Ave
~ MASS Joan of Arc Church
Jackson Heights, Queens
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Northern Blvd from 69th to 86th St
Jackson Heights, Queens
Sunday, July 28, 2019
(Dates to be confirmed)

Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day

July 28, 1824
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Peruvian Parade 2019 ~ Desfile Peruano is America’s big Peruvian party

Passaic & Paterson, New Jersey
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Honor Pachamama, the Andean Mother Earth Goddess

August 1 starts the coldest month in the southern Andes. We honor Pachamama to bring a good harvest.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Celebrate Bolivian Independence Day 2019

August 6, 1825 ~ Signing of Declaration of Independence

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Celebrate Ecuadorian Independence Day

August 10, 1809 ~ Criollo rebels took over the capital Quito, marking the first step in Ecuadorian independence.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Celebrate the Assumption of Mary, her Catholic heavenly birthday

Feast Day August 15
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Celebrate Dominican Restoration Day

August 16, 1863 ~ El grito de Capotillo (the cry of Capotillo) launched the Dominican War of Restoration of independence from Spain.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Dominican Day Parade 2018 ¡ Quisqueya !

The most important Dominican community event in the U.S.
Sixth Avenue
Second Sunday in August
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Ecuadorian Parade ~ Desfile Ecuatoriano de New York ~ Arts Fair

Northern Blvd
69th St to 86th St
Jackson Heights, Queens
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Hall of Science
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Sunday, August 12, 2018

Disability Pride Parade and Festival 2018

Madison Square down Broadway to Union Square
Union Square
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bastille NYC ~ French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

60th Street
Fifth Avenue to Lexington
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Argentinos en NY “Noche Argentina” cumbia & rock en español

Argentine Independence Day Party
Stage 48 Level 3
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Saturday, July 7, 2018

PrideFest 2018 is NYC Pride’s Street Fair

University Place
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pride Parade NYC 2018 Pride Week

The Parade’s new route
~ Seventh Ave from 16th St
~ Christopher St
~ West 8th St
~ Fifth Avenue to 29th St
Greenwich Village, Union Square, Flatiron & NoMad, Manhattan
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Stand your ground at the NYC Pride Rally

Stonewall National Monument
Christopher Park
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
Friday, June 22, 2018

Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Morningside Heights, Manhattan
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mermaid Parade 2018 draws Mermaids & Mermen to Coney Island

Scantily clad mermaids and mermen let it all hang out.
Surf Ave at 21st St to West 10th St to the Boardwalk
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Saturday, June 16, 2018

National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2019 Parade ¡Boricua!

America’s biggest cultural celebration.
Fifth Avenue in Midtown and the Upper East Side
Sunday, June 9, 2019

116th Street Festival 2018 is a Puerto Rican Party!

Third Avenue
106th St to 122nd St
East Harlem, Manhattan
Saturday, June 9, 2018

2018 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Gala features salsero Ismael Miranda

Sheraton New York Times Square
Midtown, Manhattan
Friday, June 8, 2018

Israel Day Parade 2018 celebrates Jewish culture. Sababa!

Fifth Avenue from 57th-74th St
Midtown & Upper East Side, Manhattan
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Cuban Parade 2018 is Metro NYC’s big Cuban celebration

Bergenline Avenue
Hudson County, New Jersey
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dance Parade 2018 is NYC’s biggest dance event with over 10,000 dancers

African, Argentine, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, French, Haitian, Italian, Puerto Rican dances and more
Broadway, University Place, 8th St, Tompkins Square Park & Nublu 151
Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village & East Village
Rain or Shine
Saturday, May 19, 2018


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