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How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Across Dallas-Fort Worth

Hispanic Heritage month lasts from September 15 to October 15. Here are the best ways to celebrate in North Texas.
By Ian Kayanja |
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Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. Illustration by Andrea Chavez

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the Hispanic and Latin American cultures that are present throughout North Texas. Hispanic or Latino-identifying people make up about 42 percent of Dallas’ population. Artists, business owners, politicians, and organizers are all finding ways to celebrate from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, a 30-day period that includes many independence anniversaries for a variety of Latin American countries.

To start your celebration, here is a list of 10 events that may interest you.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

If you’re looking for an event to start Hispanic Heritage Month that features talented local artists, the consul general of Mexico, plus some municipally-approved refreshments, stop by the lobby of Dallas City Hall. The event is hosted by District 5 Councilman Jaime Resendez, who represents southeast Dallas.

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. | 1500 Marilla St.

Tejano Music Fiesta: Selena Forever

This free-to-the-public music festival is aimed at celebrating Tejano music and Hispanic Heritage month, with a healthy mix of Selena. In addition to the concert, food will be available to those who make it out. The festival will take place at The Stage in Grandscape. 

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. | Grandscape, 5752 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony

Friday, Sept. 16

Flor, Canto, Y Grito

Flor, Canto, y Grito is a festival that celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture. Presented by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, the event will highlight Hispanic culture with foods, drinks, music, dance and poetry throughout the evening at the Latino Cultural Center. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.

5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. | Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with film, poetry, art demonstrations and much more at Late Nights, hosted by the Dallas Museum of Art. Programming for this edition includes a scavenger hunt, voter registration, sculpture art demonstrations, a special performance by the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico company and much more. Tickets are $20 for the public and $10 for students. DMA members get in for free. For more information, click here.

5 p.m. to 11 p.m. | The Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Latinidad Festival 2022

For the first time, the Latinidad Festival will take place in Annette Strauss Square in the Arts District. Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, the festival will feature a celebration of diversity through food, music, dance, local vendors, and art. The festival is free to the public. It brings the vibrance and diversity of Latin American culture to the forefront of the community while also supporting and spotlighting local businesses. For more information, visit Dallasartdistrict.org. 

5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Annette Strauss Square 2403 Flora St.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Family Movie Night: Coco

Enjoy more of Hispanic Heritage Month programming with a family movie night at the Pleasant Grove Branch Library. They’ll be screening the modern Disney classic Coco. Free popcorn, too. For more information, click here

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Pleasant Grove Branch Library, 7310 Lake June Rd.

Thursday, Sept. 22

Denton County Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Head north to see Mariachi Rosas Divinas, DFW’s first and only all-female mariachi group, at the Denton County Courthouse on the Square. The event is hosted by the Denton County Office of History and Culture, and programming starts at 6 p.m with a performance by Alice Alexander Elementary School’s Ballet Folklorico. Immediately following the ballet performance, Rosas Divinas will perform at 6:30 p.m. For more information, click here. 

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Denton County Courthouse, 110 W. Hickory St., Denton

Thursday, Sept. 29

An Afternoon with Dallas’s Poet Laureate, Joaquin Zihuatanejo

Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Dallas’ first-ever poet laureate, will hold a special performance followed by a meet and greet in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will take place at The University of Texas at Dallas’ Student Union Galaxy rooms. Due to limited seating, free tickets need to be reserved prior to the event. To do so, visit Eventbrite.com

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. | UTD Student Union, Richardson 75080

Saturday, Oct. 1

Hispanic Heritage Month Festival

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center is hosting its first-ever Hispanic Heritage Month Festival, headlined by live entertainment and local vendors. Special guests for the celebration are Ballet Folklórico Ollimpaxqui, a traditional Mexican dance performance group, and the Cristo Rey Dallas Aesthetic Literacy students. There will also be a live Zumba demonstration by Ariana Zuniga. For more information visit Dallasmlkcenter.com.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | MLK Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

All Month

Cinema Con Nosotros – various dates

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Girl Who Works at the Box Office is premiering a month-long cinema series that highlights Latin American culture through film. Beginning on Sept. 16, one movie will be shown a week at the Texas Theatre. They include Y Tu Mama Tambien, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mi Familia, and El Norte. Some of these films will be playing for the first time at the Texas. Tickets can be purchased here

The Texas Theatre, 231 Jefferson Blvd.

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