Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 is from September 15 – October 15. It’s a national celebration of Hispanic roots and contributions to American culture.

Off-Broadway Week 2018 Fall ~ 2-for-1 tickets to Off-Broadway Shows

September 24 – October 7, 2018
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2-for-1 tickets to popular Off-Broadway shows

Eddie Palmieri, Latin jazz legend at the Blue Note

Monday, September 24, 2018
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Blue Note
Greenwich Village, Manhattan
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Puerto Rican Latin Jazz and Salsa Legend

VolvoTango LIC Landing outdoor milonga on a pier with city views

LIC Landing
Long Island City, Queens
Spring + Summer + Fall
Tuesdays
FREE

VolvoTango Pier 45 is an outdoor milonga with stunning river views

APRIL – NOVEMBER & warm
WEDNESDAYS & SUNDAYS
Pier 45, West Village
Summer 2018

Tango La Nacional is NYC’s most traditional Argentine milonga

It’s the center of NYC’s Tango community. All of NYC’s Tango organizers dance there.
La Nacional
Chelsea, Manhattan
Every Thursday

White | Black monochrome group show of art stars at Acquavella Galleries

August 13 – September 28, 2018
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Acquavella Galleries
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Compare the aesthetics of Miquel Barceló (Spanish), Louise Bourgeois (French), Jean Dubuffet (French), Jacob El Hanani (Jewish), Manolo Millares (Spanish), Joaquín Torres-García (Uruguayan) and Americans Keith Haring, Robert Longo & Andy Warhol.

Last Tango at Central Park Tango this season

Saturdays: June – September
Shakespeare Statue
Central Park, Manhattan
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All ages and levels watch, dance or take an Argentine Tango lesson
FREE

‘El coronel no tiene quien le escriba’ Colombian drama at Repertorio

Based on the classic Gabriel García Márquez story about how history repeats itself.
Adapted and Directed by Jorge Alí Triana
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Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Watch Atlético Madrid start La Liga with Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid NY

Big games in August, September, November, February, April and May.
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Peña Oficial Atlético de Madrid NY
Football Factory at Legends
Koreatown, Manhattan
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Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid
La Liga (Madrid Derby)
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Cardi B to play a free show at Global Citizen Fest in Central Park

Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Global Citizen Fest
The Great Lawn, Central Park
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MTV VMAs 2018
Best New Artist
Song of Summer: “I Like It”

The All Night Milonga is NYC’s longest-running big Tango party

One of the biggest milongas in the U.S.
Stepping Out Studios
NoMad, Manhattan
Second & Last Saturdays
Saturday, September 29, 2018

New York Yankees Major League Baseball at Yankee Stadium

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Last game of the season
At Boston Red Sox
~
March – September
Major League Baseball
Yankee Stadium
Concourse, The Bronx
~
Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican & Venezuelan players

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cuban Jazz at Birdland

Sundays in September 2018
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Birdland
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
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Cuban O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are multi-Grammy winners

St. Patrick’s Cathedral ~ Our Lady of Cisne Mass (Ecuadorian)

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Our Lady of Cisne Mass (Ecuadorian)
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Saturday, October 6, 2018
Our Lady of Aparecida Mass (Brazilian)
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Sunday, October 7, 2018
Misa de la Hispanidad Mass (Spanish)
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Spanish mass, Sundays
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Enter the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass ticket lottery now.
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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York
Fifth Ave (between 50th/51st St)
Midtown East, Manhattan
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Argentine, Brazilian, Colombian, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Filipino, Italian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Spanish and Venezuelan masses.

Fall for Dance Festival 2018 at New York City Center

October 1 – 13, 2018
Monday – Saturday
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New York City Center
Midtown, Manhattan
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$15 seats to watch four companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies performing ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances.

Repertorio Español is NYC’s Spanish-language Off-Broadway Theatre

October 3 – 21, 2018
Wednesday – Sunday
Olga Pericet’s “Enfoque”
Spanish Flamenco
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Repertorio Español
Kips Bay, Manhattan
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300 shows a year of 15 plays from repertory and new productions. (In Spanish with English titles)

Pedrito Martinez Group plays Bronx Museum for Carnegie Hall Citywide

Friday, October 5, 2018
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Carnegie Hall Citywide
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Fleetwood – Concourse Village, The Bronx
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The world’s first-call Cuban Rumbero.

New Yorker Festival 2018

October 5 – 7, 2018
Friday – Sunday
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African, French, Italian & Mexican thinkers

Buika, the Spanish Queen of Flamenco Soul, to play Sony Hall

Sony Hall
Times Square Theater District
Friday – Saturday
October 5 – 6, 2018

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018
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INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S CELEBRATION
October 7 – 8, 2018
Sunday – Monday
Randall’s Island
Red Hawk Native American Arts Council

Obsession, Nudes with Attitude by Klimt, Schiele and Picasso

Tuesday – Sunday
July 3 – October 7, 2018
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Met Breuer
Upper East Side, Manhattan

Hispanic Day Parade 2018 celebrates our diverse heritage

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Midtown / Upper East Side Manhattan
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Fifth Avenue
44th to 69th Street
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Argentine, Bolivian, Belizean, Chilean, Colombian, Costa Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Spanish, Uruguayan and Venezuelan cultures

‘Hamilton’ is the most influential Broadway show of our generation

The playwright is a Puerto Rican New Yorker.
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th St
between Seventh & Eighth Ave
Times Square / Theater District
Dark Mondays
Open-ended run

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

Monday, October 8, 2018
Midtown to Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Fifth Avenue
47th to 72nd St
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NYC’s big Italian parade (Spanish too)

Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

May 10 – October 8, 2018
Daily
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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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Met Cloisters
Washington Heights / Inwood, Manhattan
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The Costume Institute creates a pilgrimage that explores the influence of Roman Catholic imagery on fashion designers

Columbus Day celebrates the European discovery of the Americas

Monday, October 8, 2018
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Remember the Italian who claimed the Americas for Spain

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

October 12, 1492
Friday, October 12, 2018

NYC Wine & Food Festival 2018 (NYCWFF)

A weekend of fine wine and food prepared by over 500 world-renowned French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican & Spanish chefs and culinary TV personalities from the Food Network and Cooking Channel.
GRAND TASTING
Pier 94 Rooftop
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Saturday – Sunday
October 13 -14, 2018
DINING
Thursday – Sunday
October 11 – 14, 2018

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
EXTENDED
Through October 2018
FREE

Grupo Niche, Colombian Salsa legends play La Boom

Friday, November 16, 2018
with Dominican salsa singer Yiyo Sarante
La Boom
Woodside, Queens
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Legendary Colombian Salsa band, “Cali Pachanguero,” “Un Aventura…”

Celebrate Salvadoran Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Costa Rican Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Celebrate Guatemalan Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Nicaraguan Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Honduran Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day “¡Viva Mexico!”

September 16, 1810 ~ El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) launched the Mexican Revolution.
CELEBRATE
Monday, September 16, 2019

Celebrate Chilean Independence Day

September 18, 1810 Chileans declare independence from Spain.
CELEBRATE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean

Explore how Caribbean communities are reclaiming their Taíno roots.
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
(at the end of Broadway)
Financial District, Manhattan
July 28, 2018 – October 2019
Open Daily, FREE

Louie Vega Roots NYC House Party at Cielo in Meatpacking

Vega is back from summer in Ibiza.
Cielo
Meatpacking, Manhattan
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ozuna brings Puerto Rican Reggaeton & Latin Trap to MSG

Ozuna is one of the hottest artists out right now.
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Madison Square Garden
Chelsea, Manhattan
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Peru to the World Expo 2018 world’s best ceviche chef Javier Wong

Sunday, September 23, 2018 ~ Peruvian tastings, Pisco cocktails and entertainment. World’s Best Ceviche Chef Javier Wong will be there !
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Metropolitan West
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

Plena Libre plays SOB’s for the World Music Institute

The Bomba and Plena virtuosos are 4-time Grammy nominees.
World Music Institute
SOBs
Hudson Square, Manhattan (West SoHo)
Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘La Frontera Encounters Along the Border’ crosses over the MAD Museum

March 1 – September 23, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday
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Museum of Arts and Design
Midtown, Manhattan
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A meditation of thoughtful jewelry inspired by the hope and pain spread along the 2,000 mile-long Mexican – American border.

Contact us to let us know about your Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 events.

Celebrate Salvadoran Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Costa Rican Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Celebrate Guatemalan Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Nicaraguan Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Honduran Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day “¡Viva Mexico!”

September 16, 1810 ~ El Grito de Dolores (The Cry of Dolores) launched the Mexican Revolution.
CELEBRATE
Monday, September 16, 2019

Celebrate Chilean Independence Day

September 18, 1810 Chileans declare independence from Spain.
CELEBRATE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual U.S. government celebration of the Hispanic contributions to our American culture from September 15 – October 25.

The contributions are great. The western third of our country and Florida were New Spain before they were the United States. Hispanic culture remains embedded there.

Spain played a major role in the recovery of western civilization during the Middle Ages. The combination of Muslim leaders, Jewish poets and a Christian populace together recovered the legacy of western civilization from the Islamic libraries of the eastern Mediterranean.

We couldn’t be who we are today without our Hispanic heritage.


 

It is a little odd that Hispanic Heritage Month starts in the middle of the month. It was set up this way to include the independence days of several North American, Central American and South American countries, along with the anniversary of the “discovery” of the Americas by Christopher Columbus.

  • September 15 is independence day in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • September 16 is Mexico’s independence day (no, it’s not Cinco de Mayo).
  • September 18 marks the “18th Mierda,” Chile’s independence celebration.
  • On October 12, 1492 Christopher Columbus rediscovered the Americas for the Europeans

 

The term “Hispanic” is complicated. Some think Hispanic refers to countries with a Spanish heritage.

Some think Hispanic includes Portuguese heritage, but most Brazilians do not consider themselves Hispanic.

“Latin” is a French term that includes the Latin Europeans (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian) and Latin Americans. France first promoted the idea of our shared Latinness while trying to conquer Mexico and fight against the American Union during the Civil War. Latin Americans rose to the idea because French culture was considered at the time to be the most sophisticated in the world.

“Latino” means “Latin man” or “Latin people” in Spanish. In popular usage in the United States, Latino has come to mean Mexican -American. New York City has large Caribbean and South American populations who are Latino as well.

“Hispanic” often conjures images of white Spaniards. Spaniards are themselves a great mix of European, African, Muslim and Romani peoples. Hispanic Americans, and I’m speaking of all the Americas, are a combination of Indigenous, African and European. No matter what we look like, our culture is very African.

What you consider to be Hispanic probably has more to do with your own heritage and education, and the biases that come with that.

In the end, the distinctions become silly because we all share a common great-great…African grandmother in the distant past.

Humans have been migrating ever since we got two feet.


 

We are far more Hispanic than we think.

When a crew member in the expedition of Christopher Columbus spotted land on October 12, 1492, he set in motion a world-changing series of events.

The Italian Columbus claimed the New World for his Spanish patrons. This brought the Dutch, English, French and Portuguese. The collision of civilizations decimated the Indigenous population and brought Africans to the Americas.

Spanish language, culture, and religion spread across much of the Americas, including the western third of what is now the United States. Though not strictly Hispanic, French language, culture, and religion spread across what is now Quebec, Canada and down the Mississippi River through the center of the United States to New Orleans.

In South America, Portuguese language, culture, and religion spread across what is now Brazil.

New York City was originally a Lenape trading post at the Battery in what is now downtown. The first immigrant was a Portuguese – African – Dominican named Juan (Jan) Rodriguez. He left a Dutch ship and set up a home at the trading post.

Eventually the Dutch set up a colony. At that time, the Netherlands was the Spanish Netherlands. It was ruled by King Philip IV of Spain from what is now the capital of Europe, Brussels, Belgium. So even New York City is Hispanic in a way.

Contemporary identity tends to be based on the last colonial power in a region. So though the Spanish were the original colonizers, Americans of the U.S. and Caribbean nations like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, consider England to be their mother country.

Cuba and the Philippines were the last possessions of the Spanish Empire and the first possessions of the American one.


 

Do you drink orange juice in the morning? Spanish conquistadors planted the first orange trees in Florida. They did this to protect Spanish sailors from scurvy, a disease caused by Vitamin C deficiency.

The oldest continuously settled city in the United States is St. Augustine, Florida. St. Augustine was founded by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. He was searching for the Fountain of Youth.

The American Southwest was Spanish and Mexican before it was American. That is about one-third of our country.


 

The Pew Research Center estimates the U.S. Hispanic population in 2016 at 57 million or 18% of the U.S. population. That is probably an underestimate because many Americans with a Hispanic heritage identify themselves as Caucasian.

Hispanics are the second-fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States. These numbers are making all Americans take notice.

Hispanic Heritage Month is important for those of us who have a direct Hispanic heritage. But it is probably more important for those of us Americans who are not Hispanic.

In life, it is important to know yourself. Our country is already at least 1/5 Hispanic. That is two fingers out of your ten. It’s worth knowing who we are, and who we are becoming.

Our Hispanic Heritage is a great blessing.


 

New York Yankees Major League Baseball at Yankee Stadium

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Last game of the season
At Boston Red Sox
~
March – September
Major League Baseball
Yankee Stadium
Concourse, The Bronx
~
Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Puerto Rican & Venezuelan players

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018
~
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S CELEBRATION
October 7 – 8, 2018
Sunday – Monday
Randall’s Island
Red Hawk Native American Arts Council

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

October 12, 1492
Friday, October 12, 2018

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

Central American artifacts
National Museum of the American Indian
1 Bowling Green
Financial District
EXTENDED
Through October 2018
FREE

Celebrate Salvadoran Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Costa Rican Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Saturday, September 15, 2018

Celebrate Guatemalan Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Nicaraguan Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Honduran Independence Day

September 15, 1821 ~ A regional congress in Guatemala City signed “The Act of Independence of Central America.”
CELEBRATE
Sunday, September 15, 2019

Celebrate Chilean Independence Day

September 18, 1810 Chileans declare independence from Spain.
CELEBRATE
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Ricardo Arjona ‘Ella’ 2017 Latin Grammy nominee

Madison Square Garden
Chelsea, Manhattan
Thursday, October 12, 2017

NYCWFF New York City Wine & Food Festival 2017

Pier 92 at West 52nd St
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan
Thursday – Sunday
October 12 – 15, 2017

Arte de La Borinqueña is an exhibition about the Puerto Rican superhero

Casita Maria Gallery
Hunts Point, The Bronx
Monday – Friday
October 4, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Julio Monge to play Tiresias in “Oedipus El Rey” at the Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
East Village
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3 – November 19, 2017

‘Oedipus El Rey’ gets its New York Premiere at the Public Theater

Public Theater
425 Lafayette St
East Village
Tuesday – Sunday
October 3 – November 19, 2017

Fall for Dance Festival 2017 brings international dance companies to NYC

New York City Center
131 West 55th St, Midtown
On sale Sunday, September 10
Shows October 2 – 14, 2017

Socrates Annual 2017 has work by Ecuadorian New Yorker Ronny Quevedo

Socrates Sculpture Park
Long Island City, Queens
October 1, 2017 – March 11, 2018

Mariajose Ortiz ‘ArtWorks’ wins Colombian Consulate Photography Contest

Colombian Consulate New York
10 East 46th St
between Fifth & Madison
Midtown East, Manhattan
OPENS January 25, 2018

Gaby Espino celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Macy’s

Macy’s
34th & Broadway
Garment District
Thursday, September 21, 2017


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