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How to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in Dallas

From art and entertainment to food and festivals, there are several ways to celebrate Hispanic heritage in Dallas.

Jamina Tribbett
Posted on Sep 13, 2019

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino American people in the United States. From art and entertainment to food and festivals, there are several ways to celebrate Hispanic heritage in Dallas. 

Check out the Latino Cultural Center

If you've never been, this month is the perfect time to see what it's about. Throughout the month, the Latino Cultural Center is hosting a slew of Hispanic Heritage Month events. It kicks off on Friday, Sept. 13, 7 to 11 p.m., with the Flor, Canto y Grito fiesta that includes folklorico dance troupes, poetry readings, food, folk art and live music. The traditional "grito" commemorating the anniversary of Mexico's independence takes place at 10 p.m.

While you're there, check out their annual Hispanic Heritage Month exhibition, "Honoring Our Ancestors: A 500-Year Journey Back to Hernan Cortes," which pays tribute to Latin ancestors – tracing their roots in the New World from the founding of St. Augustine, Florida in 1565, to the 17th and 18th century missions and settlements in New Mexico, Texas and California. The exhibit will be on view from Sept. 14 to Oct. 12.

The Center is also hosting a concert featuring La Rondalla Romantica de Dallas on Sept. 28, An Overview of Latino/a History in Texas on Oct. 3, Origins and Evolution of the Afro-Puerto Rican, Music, Poetry and Dance, and much more. View the Center's full calendar of events here.

Plan a trip

Plan a Latin-inspired weekend and celebrate in Dallas using our itinerary to guide you on an adventure through the city to indulge in authentic cuisine, music and art. Dallas has exactly what you need to fully immerse yourself in the vibrant world that is Hispanic culture.

Photo credit: Mercado 369

Enjoy Latin art in Oak Cliff

Attend Mercado369's Art Talk with Oak Cliff Sculptor Manuel Sarmiento on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon. Manuel Sarmiento is a green metal artist who recycles copper, stainless steel, carbon steel, among other metals and uses them to create his one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Some of his most recognized works are the red, stick figure-like climbers that can be seen throughout the Bishop Arts District. The event is free and a Latin American brunch buffet and drink specials will be offered following the talk.

Right next door, at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, you'll want to check out the "Un Medley of Memorias" exhibition by visual artist Wendi Ruth Valladares. The collection of 2D prints and installation works focus on the artist's fascination with the ever evolving Chicano and Spanglish culture in America. Her use of English, Spanish, Spanglish text, vintage children's toys and domestic spaces are used to bring attention on how individuals learn and develop cultural identity. The exhibit is on view now through Friday, Oct. 11 and admission is free.

Photo credit: Dallas Arboretum

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with the Quinceañera Fashion Show

Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden on Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the second annual Dallas Arboretum Quinceañera Fashion Show. Enjoy food, vendors, live music, artist performances, cooking demonstrations and a breathtaking show. Admission to the fashion show is free with admission to the garden.

Celebrate Latinx Pride

Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet, mimosas and house-down entertainment at Drag Brunch at Mercado369 on Sunday, Sept. 22, noon to 3 p.m. This drag show series promotes the culture of Hispanic/Latino communities by interpreting an array of Hispanic/Latino musical talent. The host will mainly speak Spanish with a mix of English and the event is $20 to attend.

Turn up at the 2019 Texas Latino Pride Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2 to 10 p.m. at the Longhorn Ballroom. The line-up includes Otro K Libre, April Carrión, Bidi Bidi Banda, Kat Florek and many more!

Explore Latin American collections at the Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the best places to submerge yourself in Latino history. Located right in the middle of the Dallas Arts District, the DMA is a free museum full of an impressive collection of art from across the world. The Ancient American collection represents Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Peru and other countries.

Visit the "Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence" exhibition that illuminates how the contemporary artist's practice has been inspired by the weaving traditions of indigenous artisans from Latin America. The exhibition is on display through Jan. 12, 2020.

Photo credit: Dallas Arts District

Dance in the park

Dance the night away in the Dallas Arts District with Salsa in the Park at Klyde Warren Park on Friday, Sept. 27. Participate in a free dance class, taught by the professional from Studio 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and then grab a partner for social dancing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Come as you are – no partner or experience needed!

Hear about Mexican sculpture art

Make plans to attend a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 19, 6 to 7 p.m., by María Estela Duarte at the Latino Arts Project who will talk about the work created by the men and women that founded the Escuela Mexicana de Escultura. Duarte is one of the greatest authorities in Mexican sculpture and she has organized more than a dozen exhibitions and publications on this subject. Admission is free the event includes complimentary access to the "Mexican Modern Sculpture: A Study of the Artists" exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided.

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. This lecture will be in Spanish. Spanish to English translation will be provided. La conferencia será en español. Se proveerá traducción simultánea al inglés.