New York celebrates many Latin Festivals including: parades, street fairs, independence days, and faith days.
We don’t represent any particular faith. We look for our common humanity in all faiths. Tolerance is part of being a New Yorker.
Christmas and Carnival are the world’s most popular Latin festivals. Winter Solstice is the most important human festival. It belongs to everyone.
Thanks to our Latin Festival sponsors:
- Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Parade
TUESDAY after Thanksgiving
DECEMBER 8, 1854 🇮🇹
DECEMBER 4 🇵🇷
JANUARY 6 🇩🇴 🇳🇮 🇵🇷 🇺🇾 ~ 🇮🇹 🇷🇴 🇪🇸
DECEMBER 26 to JANUARY 1 ~ Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith). 🇺🇸
DECEMBER 12, 1531 🇲🇽
LITTLE PANAMA, Crown Heights, Brooklyn 🇵🇦
Diwali, Festival of Lights, music, Bollywood dance 🇮🇳 🇲🇲 🇵🇰 🇱🇰 ~ 🇹🇹 🇬🇾 🇸🇷 🇲🇶 🇯🇲
CROTONA PARK EAST, THE BRONX
UPPER WEST SIDE, MIDTOWN, MIDTOWN SOUTH, HERALD SQUARE
GRAND ARMY PLAZA, Central Park, Manhattan 🕎
GRAND ARMY PLAZA, Prospect Park, Brooklyn 🕎
The Thanksgiving stories we used to be taught as Americans were a whitewash of what really happened. 🇺🇸
UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan
FIFTH AVENUE on November 11th from NoMad to Midtown/Midtown East.
November 9, 1938 ~ A pogrom in Germany was a sign of terrible things to come. It’s not a nice thing to remember, but if we forget, it can happen again.
This festival of lights celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.
Sunday-Thursday, November 12-16, 2023
November is a month to celebrate our Indigenous heritage, and all the First Nations of the Americas.
NOVEMBER 11, 1918 ~ All war was supposed to end on November 11 at 11:11am in 1918.
LITTLE PANAMA in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Friday, November 3, 2023
NOVEMBER 2 ~ We remember our ancestors and tend family graves.
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LINEUP Sixth Avenue at Canal St.
VIEWING Sixth Avenue from Houston to 15th St.
AFTER PARTY Webster Hell
HALLOWEEN Tuesday, October 31, 2023
OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 2 ~ Mexican Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos, is a beautiful blend of cultures that is beloved around the world. Feliz Día de los Muertos!
NOVEMBER 1 ~ The European festival of all saints known and unknown, is Día de los Inocentes in Mexico, the day during the Day of the Dead festival when souls of family children may visit, if they are invited.
ST MARK’S CHURCH-IN-THE-BOWERY, East Village ~ One of New York City’s longest running community ofrendas, with live music, Mexican food, and a Mexican folk art market.
Friday-Sunday, October 27-29, 2023
JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens ~ This Children’s Halloween Parade marches down 37th Avenue from 89th St to 76th St where 3,000 bags of treats are given away.
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
DAY OF THE DEAD
Thursday, November 2, 2023
DAY OF THE DEAD, DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023
A celebration of our Caribbean French African/Indigenous heritage.
Friday-Sunday, October 27-29, 2023
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New York City’s big festival of Bolivian culture.
37TH AVENUE in Jackson Heights, Queens
Sunday, October 22, 2023
The world’s biggest Halloween dog costume parade.
TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK
East Village, Manhattan
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Thursday, October 12, 2023
Learn about Indigenous culture, including storytelling, singing, drumming, and dancing; and traditional clothing. It’s a great opportunity for New York photographers.
MADISON SQUARE PARK & BROADWAY
Nomad and the Flatiron District
Saturday, October 14, 2023
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Monday, October 10, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022
NEW YORK CITY
One of New York City’s big Italian American festivals.
New York City’s big Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
FIFTH AVENUE Midtown/Midtown East, Central Park/Upper East Side
This Pow Wow supports Indigenous Peoples Day over the colonizer’s celebration.
RANDALLS ISLAND, NYC
All you need to know about the Panamanian Parade NYC 2023, gala, parade, and cultural festival. 🇵🇦
CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN
New York City’s celebration of Nigerian culture and the contributions of Nigerian Americans.
Sunday, October 7, 2023
Second Avenue, Upper East Side
47th St between First & Second Ave
Wednesday, October 4, 2023
This East Asian tradition is Friday, September 29, 2023
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Sundown, Sunday-Monday, September 24-25, 2023
Around a quarter million people enjoy this casual festival of Latin food, music, dance, beauty, and folklore from 20 Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas.
FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Friday, September 29, 2023
A festival of the diversity, traditions, folklore and unity of the Queens Hispanic community.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Jackson Heights, Queens
A meditation on what it means to be “Hispanic” in America today.
One of New York’s big festivals of African American culture.
Sunday, September 17, 2023
Midtown East, Murray Hill, Kips Bay, NoMad
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Explore Caribbean culture at the climax of Caribbean Carnival.
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Dom Pedro I declared independence from Portugal on September 7, 1822. 🇧🇷
Celebrate organized labor.
There is a famed procession in Regla, Cuba on September 7. 🇨🇺 🇵🇭 🇪🇸
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Monday, May 13, 2024
New York Carnival 2023 celebrates Trinidad Caribbean traditions with Voice’s Long Live Soca Tour, SocaFest, Junior Carnival, Panorama, Sunrise Day Soiree, J’Ouvert, and the West Indian Day Parade.
Celebrate Dominican culture and Dominican contributions to the culture of the United States with an awards gala, parade, and after party!
The Cuban Yoruba orisha of fertility, chastity, loneliness, and death; helps us through the last step in life’s journey.
A Gala dinner and parade celebrate Ecuadorian Independence Day.
Fordham and Concourse, The Bronx
Sunday, July 30, 2023
The NYC Pride rally, brunch, youth festival, and dance parties climax with the march, street fair, and music festival headlined by Christina Aguilera.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie, Guggenheim Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, El Museo del Barrio, Africa Center 🇺🇸 🇮🇱 🇵🇷
UPPER EAST SIDE, Manhattan
Friday, June 2, 2023
Sunday, June 4, 2023
Bronx Week includes a silent disco, skate party, Bronx Walk of Fame induction, parade, food and arts festival, and a concert.
May 12-21, 2023
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Alphabet City starts summer with a family street party.
Loisaida, East Village/Lower East Side
Sunday, May 28, 2023
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A Puerto Rican family street fair of live music, dancing, food, artisanal crafts, and activities for little Boricuas. There will be bomba and plena for sure!
LONGWOOD, THE BRONX
Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 27, 2023
Latin Festival Schedule
Some festivals are based on lunar or cultural calendars.
- Lunar New Year 2024 is February 10, 2024.
- Carnival Tuesday 2024 is February 13, 2024.
- Ramadan 2024 starts on Sunday, March 10, 2024.
- Easter 2024 is Sunday, March 31, 2024.
- Diwali 2023 starts Sunday, November 12, 2023. 🇮🇳
- Hanukkah 2023 starts Friday, December 15, 2023. 🕎
January Latin Festivals
New Year’s Day is January 1. 🇮🇹
Kwanzaa, the African American holiday celebration ends with a focus on “Imani” (faith) on January 1. 🇺🇸
Haitian Independence Day, one of the world’s greatest humanitarian achievements, is January 1, 1804. 🇭🇹
The Emancipation Proclamation says “all persons…shall henceforward shall be free” of January 1, 1863. 🇺🇸
Letra del año (Letter of the Year) is a Cuban Yoruba forecast of the year. 🇨🇺
Sudanese Independence Day is January 1, 1956. 🇸🇩
The Solemnity of Mary honors mothers and children on January 1. 🇮🇹
Three Kings Day, the Hispanic gift-giving day and end of Christmas Season, is January 6! 🇵🇷🇪🇸
Elegúa, the Yoruba orisha of the crossroads, has his Cuban feast day on January 6. ¡Aché! 🇨🇺
Las Octavitas, the octave (8-day celebration) of Three Kings Day, celebrated in Puerto Rico, January 7-14. 🇵🇷
Martin Luther King’s Birthday is January 15. 🇺🇸
Martin Luther King Day U.S. holiday is Monday, January 16, 2023 (third Monday). 🇺🇸
Celebrate the Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, patron saint of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday, January 21, 2023. 🇩🇴
New York State celebrates Dominican Heritage Month from Saturday, January 21 – February 27. 🇩🇴
Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023, the Asian spring festival, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. 🇨🇳🇰🇭🇰🇷🇰🇵🇯🇵🇲🇳🇵🇭🇸🇬🇹🇼🇹🇭🇺🇸
The Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival 2023 is a firecracker lighting ceremony with Chinese dance, culture, and food; at Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand St, in the Lower East Side / Manhattan Chinatown; on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 11am – 3:30pm. FREE! 🇨🇳🇰🇭🇰🇷🇰🇵🇯🇵🇲🇳🇵🇭🇸🇬🇹🇼🇹🇭🇺🇸
Celebrate India Republic Day, January 26, 1950. (Indians are Latin in the Caribbean.) 🇮🇳
Never forget the UN’s Holocaust Remembrance Day when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops and the world could no longer deny the Holocaust (Shoah), on January 27, 1945. ✡️
February Latin Festivals
February is Black History Month. 🇺🇸
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria, patron saint of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain and the African Diaspora on Thursday, February 2, 2023. 🇪🇸
Celebrate Maman Brigitte, the Haitian Loa of death and life, on Thursday, February 2, 2023. 🇭🇹
Celebrate Grenada Independence Day, February 7, 1974. 🇬🇩
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the healing Marian apparition, on Saturday, February 11, 2023. 🇫🇷
The 25th Lunar New Year Parade NYC 2023 has dragons dancing through Manhattan Chinatown to the Lower East Side on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 1pm. FREE! 🇨🇳🇰🇭🇰🇷🇰🇵🇯🇵🇲🇳🇵🇭🇸🇬🇹🇼🇹🇭🇺🇸
Celebrate Galentines Day on Monday, February 13, 2023! You have everything you need, right inside your chest.
Celebrate Valentines Day, and the Roman saints conflated with romantic love, on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. 🇮🇹
Celebrate Las Comadres (Thursday before Carnival Tuesday), a women’s Carnival gathering in Asturia, Spain; Cochabamba & Tarija, Bolivia; and Arequipa, Peru. 🇪🇸🇧🇴🇵🇪
Celebrate Presidents Day (George Washington & Abraham Lincoln) on Monday, February 20, 2023. 🇺🇸
Celebrate Carnival (Carnival Tuesday/Mardi Gras) on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
Celebrate Saint Lucian Independence Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 🇱🇨
Celebrate National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 🇲🇽
Celebrate Dominican Independence Day, February 27, 1844. ¡Quisqueya! 🇩🇴
March Latin Festivals
March is Women’s History Month. 🇺🇸
St Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, 2023. 🇮🇪
Spring Equinox is Monday, March 20, 2023.
April Latin Festivals
Holy Week 2023 is Monday-Saturday, April 3-8, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
Passover 2023 is Wednesday-Thursday, April 5-13, 2023 (varies). ✡️
Maundy Thursday is April 6, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
Good Friday is April 7, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
Easter Sunday is April 9, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
May Latin Festivals
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 🇺🇸
International Workers Day is May 1.
Cinco de Mayo is May 5. 🇲🇽
Mother’s Day 2023 in the USA is Sunday, May 14 (2nd Sunday).
George Floyd Day is May 25. 🇺🇸
Memorial Day 2023 U.S. holiday is Monday, May 29 (last Monday). 🇺🇸
June Latin Festivals
June is Pride Month. 🏳️🌈
Americans celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June. 🇺🇸
Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the end of human slavery in the U.S.A on June 19. 🇺🇸
Mother Earth has the Northern Summer Solstice (and Southern Winter Solstice), the longest day (longest night) of the year, on June 20 or 21.
French celebrate la Fête de la Musique with street music all night long on the northern summer solstice. 🇫🇷
The Latin world celebrates Saint John’s Eve by jumping over bonfires at midnight on June 23.
The Catholic Feast of St John the Baptist, a forerunner of Christ, is June 24. 🇮🇹
Andean communities in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina, celebrate Inti Raymi, Inca New Year, on June 24. 🇵🇪 🇧🇴 🇪🇨 🇦🇷
Haitians celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, patron saint of Haiti, on June 27. 🇭🇹
National Ceviche Day is June 28. 🇺🇸
The LGBTQ+ community commemorates the Stonewall Riots that energized the Pride Movement on June 28.
Cubans and Puerto Ricans celebrate Ogun, the Yoruba orisha of iron, on June 29. 🇨🇺 🇵🇷
July Latin Festivals
US Independence Day is July 4. 🇺🇸
August Latin Festivals
Ecuadorian Independence Day is August 10. 🇪🇨
Indian Independence Day is August 15. 🇮🇳
Dominican Restoration Day is August 16. 🇩🇴
Uruguayan Independence Day is Friday, August 25, 2023. 🇺🇾
September Latin Festivals
Brazilian Day is usually the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. 🇧🇷
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15.
September 15 is:
- Costa Rican Independence Day. 🇨🇷
- Guatemalan Independence Day. 🇬🇹
- Honduran Independence Day. 🇭🇳
- Nicaraguan Independence Day. 🇳🇮
- Salvadoran Independence Day. 🇸🇻
Mexican Independence Day is September 16. 🇲🇽
The Cuban Yoruba festival of Obatalá is September 24. 🇨🇺
Broadway Musicals Day celebrates the diversity of Broadway musicals on September 29.
National Coffee Day is September 29.
The Feast of Archangel Michael (Michaelmas) is September 29. 🇮🇹
October Latin Festivals
International Coffee Day celebrates the beloved Ethiopian drink on October 1. 🇪🇹
The Feast of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of Italy, animals, and ecology, is October 4. 🇮🇹
Second Monday in October is:
Spain’s National Day (la Fiesta Nacional de España) is October 12. 🇪🇸
The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima is October 13. 🇵🇹
Hispanic Heritage Month ends on October 15.
National Pasta Day is October 17. 🇮🇹
International Creole Day is October 28.
The Feast of St Jude Thaddeus, patron saint of hopeless causes, is October 28.
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican family celebration of life is October 31 – November 2. 🇲🇽
November Latin Festivals
- Puerto Rican Heritage Month. 🇵🇷
- American Indian Heritage Month. 🇺🇸
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican family celebration of life, is Thursday, November 2, 2023. 🇲🇽
Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, 2023. The bank holiday is Friday, November 10, 2023. 🇺🇸
Diwali, the West Indian and South Asian festival of lights, and Hindu New Year, Sunday-Thursday, November 12-16, 2023. The peak is November 15. (Indians are Latin through the Caribbean.) 🇮🇳🇹🇹
Moroccan Independence Day is November 18. 🇲🇦
Thanksgiving Day, the U.S. harvest festival and celebration of family, is Thursday, November 23, 2023. 🇺🇸
Native American Heritage Day is Friday, November 24, 2023. 🇺🇸
December Latin Festivals
Día de las Velitas, the Colombian festival of lights in anticipation of the church’s acceptance of the Immaculate Conception, is Thursday, December 7, 2023. 🇨🇴
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception marking the church’s acceptance of the divinity and equality of women, is Friday, December 8, 2023. 🇮🇹
International Tango Day is Carlos Gardel’s birthday on Monday, December 11, 2023. 🇦🇷🇫🇷🇺🇾
Las Mañanitas a nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe, Guadalupe’s traditional birthday eve celebration, is Monday, December 11, 2023. 🇲🇽
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico and icon of our mixed Latin identity, is Tuesday, December 12, 2023. 🇲🇽
The Feast of Babalú-Ayé, Cuban Yoruba orisha of sickness and healing, is Sunday, December 17, 2023. 🇨🇺
National Sangria Day celebrates the Iberian summer punch on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. 🇵🇹🇪🇸
Northern Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and ancient root of the northern winter holidays, is Thursday, December 21, 2023.
The Feast of Huitzilopochtli honors the supreme Aztec god on Thursday, December 21, 2023. 🇲🇽
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is Sunday, December 18 – Monday, December 26, 2023. 🕎
Christmas Eve is Sunday, December 24, 2023. 🇮🇹
Christmas, the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ, is Monday, December 25, 2023. 🇮🇹
Kwanzaa, the African American holiday tradition, is Tuesday, December 27, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023. 🇺🇸
New Year’s Eve is Sunday, December 31, 2023. 🇮🇹
Watch Night, the African American tradition of spending New Year’s Eve in church, waiting for the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, on December 31.