Hispanic Heritage Month

rainbow cafecito

LGBTQ Cafecito Cubano

white rooster

One of the many colorful roosters of Little Havana


Playing dominos in Little Havana

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Freshly rolled cigar and a shot of espresso

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By: Pam Payano

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

A Virtual Evening with Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher

Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present, An Evening with Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher, discussing their book, Sanctuary. Paola Mendoza is an author, film director, activist, and artist working at the leading edge of human rights and Abby Sher is an award-winning writer and performer. The story takes place in a near-future dystopian society where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary. The year is 2032, and in this near-future America, all citizens are chipped and everyone is tracked–from buses to grocery stores. It’s almost impossible to survive as an undocumented immigrant, but that’s exactly what sixteen-year-old Vali is doing.

20th Anniversary Tribute to Tito Puente

On Sunday, September 6th from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Global Arts Project and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association present a free livestream broadcast tribute to Tito Puente (1923-2000) on the 20th anniversary of his passing. Tito Puente, Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform some of his father's greatest hits, with special guest vocalist Melina Almodovar. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father, refusing to let him become a distant memory. Tito Jr. states, "He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy all over the world.” This is a must watch!

My Cuban Spot Pop-Up at Bebito's Café | Weekends from September 12th - 27th

Louie Estrada grew up in Miami, worked in nightlife and moved to New York in 2007 to pursue his career in hospitality. After navigating New York’s hospitality scene, staying true to his Cuban heritage, he opened the famed "ventanita", My Cuban Spot, in 2017. It was named the best Cuban food in New York. Estrada was also a competitor and guest judge on the cooking shows, Chopped, and Beat Bobby Flay. During COVID-19 he's been spending time in Miami with family and reconnected with old friend and fellow restaurateur, Jason Odio. Both modeling concepts after their Cuban roots, they decided to offer a 3-week limited series of Estrada's award-winning Cuban sandwiches - Saturdays and Sundays, from September 12th - 27th, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Learn more details and register for the event.

Lowe Connects: “La Noche de Cultura” (The Night of Culture)

On September 17th at 5:30 p.m., join the Lowe Art Museum in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, with an exploration of identity, religion, and politics represented in their collection of Latin American and Hispanic works of art. Following brief presentations by Dr. Nathan Timpano (UM Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Head of Art History) and Dr. Tracy Devine Guzmán (Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and their Program in Latin American Studies), participants will be invited to join virtual break-out room conversations to discuss topics inspired by the presented works. Break-out room facilitators include Dr. Timpano and Dr. Devine Guzmán, as well as Jarelis Nilda Cabrera ('21, UM Chapter President, Lambda Theta Latin Sorority, Inc.), Emely Cucunuba Ramirez ('23, President, UM Alliance of Latin American Students), Josvianny Rosa Alvarado ('23, Co-Chair, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee), and Annette Rizo ('21, Co-Chair, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee). Register for the event.

Cultural Encounter: Virtual Empanada Class

On September 17th at 7 p.m., connect, bake, and savor a Miami staple during this virtual empanada making and tasting class with Maria Florencia “Fufi” Anaya of Fufi Empanadas! Make your own savory pastries as Florencia shares her passion for empanadas, which was born from her Argentinian upbringing. You'll also hear from the founders of artisanal shop, Mima Market, who will talk about the local makers movement supporting handmade, sustainable products. Register for the class.

Conversations at MOCA: HAVANA, HAITI Iris Photo Collective

On Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:00 p.m., the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is pleased to present, Conversations at MOCA: HAVANA, HAITI Iris Photo Collective. This is the third installment of programming in conjunction with Carl Juste’s current installation on MOCA plaza. Celebrating a passion for photography, story, truth, and love for Cuba and Haiti, join photojournalist Carl Juste, along with Edwidge Dandicat, CW Griffin and Fabiola Santiago to learn more about the Havana, Haiti project which links writers and photographers and their appreciation for Havana, Haiti and Miami. The event will be moderated by Florida International University Professor Andrea Queeley. Learn more details and register for the event.

Authentic Spanish Paella - Online Cooking Class by Cozymeal™

Phenomenal food and incredible company await you at the chef's table! Join Cozymeal’s upcoming cooking class. Join “Authentic Spanish Paella” with Chef Daniel for an intimate 1 hour and 15 minute culinary experience and 2-course meal. Multiple dates are available throughout September. Register for the class.

Song Without a Name (Cancion Sin Nombre)

Enjoy this film by Director Melina León, at the Tower Theater in Little Havana. Based on harrowing true events, the story is about Georgina, an indigenous Andean woman whose newborn baby is whisked away moments after its birth in a downtown Lima clinic – and never returned. Watch our virtual conversation between the film's Director, Melina León, and Tower Theater Director of Events Programming, Nicolas Calzada. View the trailer.

Miami Beach Virtual Salsa Fest

Miami Beach Salsa Festival is a free community event that has been held at the North Beach Bandshell for seven years in a row. This year, due to the pandemic, it will be held virtually, on October 3rd. Their mission is to bring all types of people together to celebrate salsa music and its culture. It has been one of the most successful community events in North Beach, produced by Melina Almodovar and Almodovar Musica Productions. It is presented with support from the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council and South Florida Seniors in Action. RSVP here.

Calle Ocho Live - Premier Latin Music & Pop Culture Live Stream During Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 4th, the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, organizers of Carnaval Miami, is teaming up with the creators of Altísimo Live, Hispanicize, and Atlantino to executive produce this virtual show. Calle Ocho Live will focus on a youthful, inclusive, diverse show that taps into the event’s nostalgic roots. In addition to featuring live and pre-recorded performances from top Latin music artists, celebrities and social media personalities, it will also highlight stories from the families that are served by the Kiwanis. Learn more about Calle Ocho Live.

Celebrate ORGULLO Festival | Oct 1-15, 2020

Celebrate ORGULLO, South Florida’s first Hispanic LGBTQ Pride festival, enters its 10th successful year with in-person & virtual events, an International Artists Showcase, ART|DIVA Bus Tours, Music, Writers Salons, and much more. This festival continues to showcase quality events, artists, performances and programming for Miami’s Hispanic LGBTQ pride. For 2020, they are celebrating UNITY in DIVERSITY, through art, music, dance, photography, film and spoken word. View the complete lineup of events.

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