Hispanic Heritage Month

rainbow cafecito

LGBTQ Cafecito Cubano

white rooster

One of the many colorful roosters of Little Havana


Playing dominos in Little Havana

cigar and coffee

Freshly rolled cigar and a shot of espresso

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By: Ashlee Thomas

Lovingly known as the gateway to the Americas, Miami is home to the largest melting pot of Latin and Caribbean culture in the US. Mid-September through October, the nation celebrates the contributions and influences of Latin culture in the US. Join in on the cultural festivities with these seven celebratory things to do in honor of Hispanic Heritage in Miami.

1. Visit historical sites in Little Havana

A permanence in Cuban-American history, Little Havana was the first home to many Cubans migrating to this sweet land of liberty. The great Cuban migration laid a foundation for a welcoming presence to all Latin cultures in Miami. In Little Havana, a vibrant Hispanic culture permeates everything— colorful murals, Latin cuisine, historical monuments, and abuelitos playing dominoes and discussing politics. A fusion of past and present, visitors are in for a cultural treat alongside a pastelito and Cuban coffee. The heart of Little Havana is on Calle Ocho (southwest 8th Street), showcasing cultural art, delicious eateries and Little Havana’s Walk of Fame. Jump into a domino game at Domino Park, or have some flavorful ice cream from Azucar creamery. Want more? Explore these 12 historical sites in Little Havana.

2. Attend the 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Book Fair:

Mi Libro Hispano October 2 – 4 | Miami-Dade Main Library | Free

Now in its 2nd year (and growing) the Hispanic Heritage Book Fair brings writers and poets together to exalt literature and promote the work of Hispanic writers. From 10 a.m. – 5p.m., patrons can expect writers’ workshops, book readings, author talks, poetry recitals and performances. Great for the native Spanish speaker or those comfortable with the language, most of the festival is in Spanish. Miami-Dade Main library is located at 101 West Flagler Street, Miami.

3. Get dressed up to slay at the Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival:

El Festival de Orgullo Hispano LGBT de Miami
October 1 – 15 | Various Locations | Free or $20/a la carte

Fashion is Freedom at the Hispanic LGBT Pride festival. From October 1 – 15, enjoy larger-than-life fashion, visual art, parties, concerts, bus tours and vogue extravaganzas infused with Latin flavor. The festival happens in many iconic locations in Miami including the Frost Museum in Downtown Miami, Villain Theater in Little Haiti, the Wolfsonian on Miami Beach and Mana Studios in Wynwood. With many free events and competitively priced admission, attendees are guaranteed to site-see Miami’s hip neighborhoods while rocking with the avant-gardes of fashion and cultural fierceness. Find the full schedule here.

4. Family-Friendly Events:

Mall of the Americas Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Friday, September 27 | Mall of the Americas | Free

Mall of Americas is a great mall to explore and its Hispanic celebration is mention-worthy. The main stage, located in the Center Court features live bands and cultural performance (bring those salsa shoes to join in for a dance or two). Bring the kiddies for face painting, arts and crafts, dominoes, vendors and more! Mall of the Americas is located at 7795 West Flagler Street, Miami. RSVP here.

Miami Design District Hispanic Heritage family day at ICA museum
Sun| September 15 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Free

With many floors of art to see, ICA will host its annual Hispanic heritage family day. Arts, crafts, vendors, food, music, and it’s all free. Spend the afternoon at ICA with the entire family. ICA is located at 61 NE 41st Street, Miami. RSVP here.

5. Honor Advocacy at the 3rd Annual Advocate of the Year Luncheon September 20 |
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Friday | Biltmore Hotel | $75

Presented by Miami Dade County Hispanic Advisory Board, this prestigious luncheon honors local community members who fight relentlessly for equality and access for all. Get to know Miami’s local trailblazers and support a phenomenal cause with a purchase to the luncheon. Proceeds support access to arts, culture and community initiatives in the Latino community. Get tickets here.

6. Get to know the Queen of Salsa at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora October 20 - 25 | AMCD | $8 -$12

Curated by Omer Pardillo, patrons are invited to dance through the decades to the sound of Celia Cruz’s inimitable voice, one immortal album at a time. This show opened October 2018 at Miami’s new American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora and will come to a close this fall, October 25th to be exact. Explore the uncontested Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, in the context of her journey as a Cuban exile, fashion trailblazer and music icon. Also on exhibit is the photographic journey of Celia Cruz by photographer Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in collaboration with Tico Torres. Learn more about the Cuban American experience at the Museum. Children ages 12 and under get in free. The Museum is located at 1200 Coral Way, Miami. Get tickets here.

7. Visit Club Tipico Dominicano

It doesn’t get more local than Tipico. These are places where local Latin culture meets up to create an authentic piece of their native homeland. At Club Tipico, guests can expect loving and laughing people enjoying the dance floor, authentic food and cheap drinks. Children are welcome, no matter the hour. Enjoy food in the restaurant area and then get on the dance floor to dance some bachata, merengue, cumbia and salsa. Need to learn a few dance moves? Try out a class at Alex Pro Dance Studio for bachata lessons. Club Tipico Dominicano is located in the heritage neighborhood of Allapattah at 1344 NW 36th Street, Miami.

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