Fri, Dec 1

Celebrate the birthday of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Sat, Dec 2

Celebrate the Christian holiday of the start of Advent.

Celebrate the birthday of Argentine Tango composer Osvaldo Pugliese in Buenos Aires in 1905.

Sun, Dec 3

The Encuentro NYC Colombian music and dance festival at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, was December 3, 2016, 4-10pm.

Tue, Dec 5

Venezuelan-American Mariah Carey brought her annual “All I Want for Christmas is You” concert to the Beacon Theatre December 5-17, 2016.

French-Canadian playwright Robert Lepage directs Parisian avant-garde theater ensemble Théâtre du Soleil / Ex Machina in Kanata, a monumental theatre piece about the Native American experience in Canada from the 19th century to the present. At the Park Avenue Armory, December 5-19.

Wed, Dec 6

2017 Grammy Nominations were announced Dec 6, 2016 at 8:30am.

Thu, Dec 7

Art Basel Miami Beach is Thursday-Sunday, December 7-10. It’s not in New York, but the entire New York art world will be there.

Colombians start their Christmas celebration with the Día de las Velitas (Day of the Candles).

Fri, Dec 8

Celebrate the Christian Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Mon, Dec 11

Celebrate the birthday of legendary Argentine Tango singer Carlos Gardel in Toulouse, France in 1890.

Tue, Dec 12

Celebrate the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Watch the world’s largest menorah lighting at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth Ave & 59th St) at 8pm. Hanukkah continues through December 20.

Celebrate the Mexican Christian holiday of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Wed, Dec 13

The New York Philharmonic performed Handel’s “Messiah,” a Christmas tradition at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center December 13-14, 2016.

Thu, Dec 14

Celebrate the birthday of Argentine Tango composer Juan d’Arienzo, “El Rey del Compás” (King of the Beat), in Congreso, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1900.

Fri, Dec 15

Celebrate the Christian holiday of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Celebrate Panamanian Mother’s Day.

Celebrate the 81st birthday of Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri.

The shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 89th Oscars® was announced December 15, 2016.

Paul Winter’s Winter Solstice brought light to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Thursday-Saturday, December 15-17, 2016.

Wed, Dec 20

Celebrate the end of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

Thu, Dec 21

Celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day/longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.

Fri, Dec 22

Tickets went on sale in 2016 for the New York Jewish Film Festival in January at Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Sun, Dec 24

Celebrate the Christian and secular holiday of Christmas Eve.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan leads the Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This mass is the original meaning of “Christ-mas.”

January Calendar of Latin things to do in NYC

Repertorio Español, Off-Broadway Repertory in Spanish

This week Repertorio brings back Argentine comedy La Fiaca. It also presents Dominican plays En el Tiempo de las Mariposas and En el Nombre del Salóme, and Spanish plays La Casa de Bernarda Alba and El Quijote, Tuesday-Sunday, May 23-28, 2017.

Celebrate Mother’s Day. We love you Mom!

Most countries celebrate on the second Sunday in May (May 14, 2017). Some celebrate on other days in March, May, August, October, or December.

Tango La Nacional celebrates its 19th anniversary with champions of Buenos Aires

Former New Yorkers Daniela Pucci and Luis Bianchi teach and perform Thu, May 11, 2017

Michelangelo’s touch makes the Met Museum divine

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” is a major exhibition at the Met Fifth Avenue, November 13, 2017 – February 12, 2018

NYCB Nutcracker

See the holidays through a child’s eyes in NYC’s big Nutcracker production at the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center, Nov 24 – Dec 31, 2017

On Your Feet! is an inspiring musical (Review)

Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s Cuban-American success story, with Colombian choreographer Sergio Trujillo, plays the Marquis Theatre in Times Square through Jan 14, 2018

Hamilton is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

The show, written by Puerto Rican New Yorker Lin-Manuel Miranda, is at Richard Rodgers Theatre in Times Square

Film Society of Lincoln Center

America’s leading film presenter screens great American and international movies every day.

American Museum of Natural History

The world’s largest natural history museum with over 33 million specimens, some of which are displayed in 45 exhibition halls, along with a planetarium and a library.

Arrival wins an Oscar and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi speaks for us

French-Canadian sci-fi thriller Arrival was 2017’s only Latin winner at the Oscars on Feb 26, 2017

Metropolitan Opera is America’s premiere opera company

Bellini’s Italian opera La Traviata opens, and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena stars in Bellini’s Italian opera I Puritani in the week of Feb 20-26, 2017

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York’s iconic church

There is a music mass in Spanish on Sundays at 4pm. Holy Week is April 9-15, 2017

Chucho Valdés, Jesse & Joy, Ile, Vicente Fernández, and the Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo win 2017 Grammys

Grammy nominees were announced Dec 6, 2016 and awarded Sun, Feb 12, 2017


This 122-foot-long dinosaur skeleton from Patagonia, Argentina is so big, the head pokes through the door of the hall. American Museum of Natural History through Jan 1, 2020

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

This New York City holiday tradition will be lit on Nov 30, 2016 at 7pm

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

This exhibition of 150 objects from Central America at the National Museum of the American Indian has been extended through December 2017

Met Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche

The Christmas Tree and Nativity made with Neapolitan Baroque Crèche is a New York City holiday tradition. It’s at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Nov 22, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017

New Year’s Eve 2017

The 2017 Times Square New Year’s Eve program will be announced Dec 26, 2016. Univision is providing three star performers.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mexican-Americans celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Mon, Dec 12, 2016 with a Youth Mass at 10am and a Mass at 7pm.

La Novena de Navidad

The nine day Christmas celebration from Dec 16 – 24 is a holiday tradition in Colombia and some Latin cultures

Christmas in New York City

November and December is a time of glittering windows, Rockettes, Christmas trees, lights, parades, masses, and shopping, lots of shopping.

Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas is You”

The Venezuelan-American pop singer brings her annual “All I Want for Christmas is You” concert to the Beacon Theatre December 5-17, 2016

Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

This festival of Colombian music and dance is at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village December 3, 2016 from 4-10pm

Bergdorf Goodman

New York City’s most luxurious department store carries the world’s top designer collections including many Latin designers. Bergdorf’s holiday windows are up November 15, 2016.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center

The world’s leading modern dance company presents its New York City Center 2016 season November 30 – December 31