Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

September 15 – October 15 is a U.S. celebration of our Hispanic roots

Salvadoran Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Costa Rican Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Guatemalan Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” (modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Nicaraguan Independence Day

Sunday, September 15, 2019
GUATEMALA CITY ~ A regional congress signed “The Act of Independence of Central America” creating modern Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Salvador) on September 15, 1821

Honduran Independence Day

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

Mexican Independence Day ¡Viva Mexico!

DOLORES HIDALGO, MEXICO, SEPTEMBER 16, 1810 (2019, Mon) ~ Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla launched the Mexican Revolution with a call to arms, “El Grito de Dolores” (The Cry of Dolores).

New York Red Bulls celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night

Sunday, September 22, 2019
HARRISON, New Jersey ~ Watch Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer at Red Bull Arena

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

Saturday, October 12, 2019
BAHAMAS ~ Rodrigo de Triana, a lookout on the first expedition of Columbus, sighted land on October 12, 1492

Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

Red Hawk Native American Arts Council
October 13 – 14, 2019 (TBD)
Sunday – Monday
Randall’s Island
October 14, 2019, Monday

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

Previous Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

Hispanic Day Parade 2018 ~ Desfile de la Hispanidad

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Fifth Avenue
(44th to 69th Street)
Midtown – Upper East Side Manhattan
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

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

Monday, October 8, 2018
Fifth Avenue
(47th to 72nd St)
Midtown – Upper East Side, Manhattan
World’s biggest Italian – American celebration

Panamanian Day Parade and Street Fair 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Franklin Ave, President St & Classon Ave
Classon Ave at President St
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Panamanian community’s pre-independence day celebration

Fall for Dance Festival 2018

NEW YORK CITY CENTER, MIDTOWN ~ Mon-Sat, October 1-13, 2018 ~ $15 seats to watch four world-class companies a night. African, Argentine, Brazilian, Cuban, French & Romanian dancers or companies perform ballet, modern, contemporary and folkloric dances. Sells out every year!

Off-Broadway Week (Fall 2018)

September 24 – October 7, 2018 ~ 2-for-1 tickets to 30+ Off-Broadway shows including: “Avenue Q,” “El coronel no tiene quiene le escriba” and “Jersey Boys”

Pedrito Martinez Group plays Bronx Museum for Carnegie Hall Citywide

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

Septeto Santiaguero plays Brooklyn Museum for Carnegie Hall Citywide

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Carnegie Hall Citywide
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion
Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
The successors to the Buena Vista Social Club play traditional Cuban son with contemporary influences

New Yorker Festival 2018

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

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

August 13 – September 28, 2018
Acquavella Galleries
Upper East Side, Manhattan
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.

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

MTV VMAs 2018
Best New Artist
Song of Summer: “I Like It”
Cardi makes good with her Bronx and Washington Heights attitude

Plena Libre plays SOB’s for the World Music Institute

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

Obsession, Nudes with Attitude by Klimt, Schiele and Picasso

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

Heavenly Bodies Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

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

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

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

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

Columbus Day Parade 2017

Monday, October 7, 2017
Fifth Avenue
(47th to 72nd St)
Midtown – Upper East Side, Manhattan
NYC’s big Italian celebration (Spanish too)

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

Gaby Espino celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at Macy’s

34th & Broadway
Garment District
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed

April 18, 2015 – May 20, 2018
National Museum of the American Indian
Financial District, Manhattan
Central American heritage

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.