Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Greater Miami & Miami Beach

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By: Kate Bradshaw

From the sounds that spill out from lively music venues to the way we order our morning coffee, signs of the profound and enduring impact of Latinx, Hispanic and Latin-identified communities on life in Greater Miami & Miami Beach are everywhere you look. That’s why Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15, 2021, is so special here. Join us in honoring the legacy of Hispanics here and across the nation. From Pride events to baseball celebrations, here are the top ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Greater Miami & Miami Beach.

Miami Children’s Museum: Hispanic Heritage Month

Throughout September

For the entire month, Miami Children’s Museum invites kids to explore Hispanic and Latinx culture with interactive in-person and virtual events. The kiddos can learn about Hispanic architects as they build a Peruvian retablo, explore vibrant Latin music genres, and enjoy story time with renowned Hispanic/Latinx children’s authors. If you prefer to celebrate from home, the little ones can check out storytelling and cooking demos via Museum at Home. On September 15, at 10 a.m., Suki Lopez of “Sesame Street” fame will perform a reading via Facebook Live. The following week, The Salsa Project’s Brian Espinosa will host a virtual salsa-dancing class on Facebook Live.

Miami Book Fair: Santiago Roncagliolo presenta “Y liberanos del mal”

September 16

Join writer Daniel Rodriguez Barron in a conversation with Peruvian author Santiago Roncagliolo, who will discuss his new novel, “Y líbranos del mal,” (Deliver Us From Evil), a thriller exploring the dark legacy of abuses committed by religious leaders across the globe. Part of the Miami Book Fair’s year-round programming, this event will be livestreamed at 5 p.m. Note: This discussion will be held in Spanish.

Miami Beach OnStage! Presents Spanish Heritage Month

September 16, 23 & 30

Watch Latin culture come to life at three Miami Beach OnStage! performances celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. On September 16, lively Afro-Colombian band Grupo Barrio Abajo, international artist Fabi World Music and DJ Ephniko Selector will perform at Normandy Fountain. The following week, check out Cortadito and DJ Asho at Lummus Park Beach on September 23. On September 30, the fun continues at Collins Park with Elastic Bond, Venezonix and DJ KUMI. All performances are free and take place from 6 to 9 p.m.

“Luisa Fernanda” presented by La Zarzuela

September 18 & 19

Experience the passion and drama of this classic, three-act zarzuela (a dramatic Spanish musical theater genre performance) based in 19th-century Spain. Part comedy, part drama, “Luisa Fernanda” follows the story of a woman of the same name whose love life becomes intertwined with the revolutionary politics of the time. The production is presented by La Zarzuela, a nonprofit whose mission is to celebrate Hispanic Heritage by preserving zarzuela as an art form for future generations to enjoy. The show takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. on September 18 and 3 to 5 p.m. on September 19 at the Seminole Theatre in Homestead. Tickets are $10 to $25.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - Los Tres De La Habana

September 26

You can’t celebrate Hispanic Heritage in Miami without a generous nod to Cuban culture – one with salsa music and dancing. Join the Global Arts Project on September 26 for an exuberant performance by Los Tres De La Habana, a Miami-based band originally from Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Catch their joyful vocal and instrumental arrangements as well as an opening set by DJ Leo and salsa-dancing lessons with Fitness by Fernando. The fun goes from 3 to 7 p.m. at Collins Park in South Beach.

Celebrating Milestones During Hispanic Heritage Month

October 1

As the name suggests, Calle Ocho in Little Havana is the heart of Hispanic Heritage in Miami. While it has a rich history, the storied street remains a center of activity. Celebrating Milestones aims to celebrate Calle Ocho’s long legacy as well as its continuing influence on life and culture in Miami and beyond. Dance a little, eat some great food and mingle. This event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Havana Collection.

Celebrate ORGULLO

October 1-15

Now spanning a decade, Celebrate ORGULLO is Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s first event honoring Hispanic and Indigenous members of the LGBTQ+ community. Performances, discussions and other fun events will take place over two weeks. Activities range from the Dragtivism LGBTQ Town Hall from 2 to 6 p.m. on October 1, to the “Dragalympics” Roller Derby Wars from 7 to 11 p.m. on October 8 ($40), and a concert and drive-in movie from 7 to 11 p.m. on October 15 (also $40).

Miami Marlins Mexican Heritage Celebration

October 2

Baseball fans who head to LoanDepot Park to watch the Marlins host the Philadelphia Phillies on October 2 can show their appreciation for Mexico’s influence on life and culture in Greater Miami & Miami Beach at the team’s Mexican Heritage celebration, when fans will be asked to make some noise in honor of Mexico. They’ll be giving out ball caps featuring the colors of Mexico’s flag on a first come, first served basis, so get there early. A musical performance follows. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Mexican American Council. Game time is 6:10 p.m.

Nuestro Fest – Live from Miami

October 2

Tune in to Nuestro Fest, a virtual Hispanic Heritage Month festival that will be broadcast on national television as well as various online outlets from 8 to 10 p.m. on October 2. The show will feature an amazing lineup of Latin music stars and up-and-coming artists. Other highlights will include Latin culinary and mixology tips, a fashion show, and a few surprises. The event is produced by Atlantino and Brilla Media.

Hispanicize #UnidosTogether Hispanic Heritage Month

October 15

Examine Hispanic heritage in the digital space with the Hispanicize #UnidosTogether Virtual Summit, which brings together top Hispanic/Latinx celebrities, influencers, entrepreneurs and other thought leaders both in-person and virtually. The largest event of its kind, this event takes place in Miami as well as Los Angeles, and will consist of keynotes, roundtable discussions, breakout sessions, networking and more. Past participants have included Jessica Alba, America Ferrera, John Leguizamo and John Lopez. This event takes place from 12-4 p.m.

Latinx Travel Summit

October 15

The inaugural installation of Latinx Travel Summit 2021 aims to connect Latinx entrepreneurs in a meaningful way while celebrating Latinx art and culture, and foster conversations about diversity and progress within Latinx travel and entrepreneurship. An in-person event presented by the Latinx Travel Club, the summit takes place at The LAB Miami in stylish Wynwood. Portions of proceeds will help fund scholarships and benefit the nonprofit Nexus Latinx.

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