Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American heroes and heroines. The month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point as it commemorates the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, who declared independence in 1821. Also in this month-long time period, Mexico celebrates their independence day on Sept. 16; Chile on Sept. 18; and Belize on Sept. 21.
Head to these events for festivities:
Visit a local library. Gwinnett County Public Library is celebrating with storytimes, crafts and information on artists and innovators. On Sept. 18, stop by Sibley Library to create a Quetzal Bird Craft. While at the library, see if you can check out these books from Spanish Mama.
Placita Latina in Decatur/Avondale Estates. Throughout the month, special events will celebrate the flavors, cultures, performances and entertainment of Latin Americans. Sept. 16, 18 and Oct. 3, 8.
Aurora Children’s Playhouse: Celebrating Mexico at Lawrenceville Arts Center Courtyard. This outdoor performance shows Alma Mexicana dancing through the diverse cultures of Mexico. Sept. 18.
Concert on the Green: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Logan Farm Park. This concert and festival highlights Hispanic cultures with food vendors, music and dance groups. Sept. 25.
Latino and Hispanic Heritage Celebration Pop-Up at Shops of Dunwoody. Celebrate with live music, dance, food demonstrations and more. Sept. 26.
Conyers Latin Festival at Olde Town Conyers Pavilion. This annual festival includes live entertainment, vendors, food, a kid’s zone, dancers, prizes and giveaways. Oct. 3.
Toddler Storytime at Atlanta History Center. At this program for ages 18 months-5, celebrate the Latin American holiday of Día de los Muertos with a storytime, craft, songs and dance. Oct. 4.
Go to a restaurant or order takeout:
Metro Atlanta has some amazing Mexican restaurants; here are some of our favorites. Plaza Fiesta’s restaurants offer lots of options for Latin American cuisine. Buford Highway also has some great options. More restaurants include Alma Cocina in Buckhead; Nuevo Laredo Cantina in Atlanta; No Mas! Cantina in Atlanta; La Fonda Latina with five locations; The Freakin’ Incan in Roswell; and Xelapan in Doraville. For a sweet treat, check out La Moreliana or Picos in Plaza Fiesta or La Mejor de Michoacan in Norcross.
Explore virtual activities and events:
Check out the National Hispanic Heritage Month’s website for virtual events, including a pajama party on Sept. 25. Discover children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature with the Library of Congress. Enjoy performances, lectures and family activities from the Smithsonian.
Learn about famous Hispanic artists with My Modern Met. Then, try these crafts inspired by artists: a Frida Paper Plate Doll from Art Camp Studio, a Salvador Dali Inspired Paper Plate Melting Clock from The Pinterested Parent and a Picasso Face from Arty Crafty Kids. See some of Picasso’s works at the High Museum of Art’s Calder-Picasso exhibit, on view through Sept. 19.
Visit historic sites virtually with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s photo galleries.
Learn the basics of Spanish with YouTube videos. Spanish for Kids has videos on farm animals, numbers, the alphabet and more. Basho & Friends have videos on seasons, weather, greetings, nursery rhymes and more. Older kids might be interested in trying the free Duolingo service for quick Spanish lessons.
Learn more about Latin American holidays and traditions. Check out our ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Watch “Coco,” create Paper Marigolds from Teach Kids Art and Glow in the Dark Day of the Dead Lanterns from Growing Up Bilingual, and make Sugar Skulls from Around My Family Table to discuss the traditions around Día de los Muertos.
Your kids (and you) may enjoy learning the history and cultures of Latin American countries. Check out these facts from Kiddle, and travel virtually with National Geographic Kids. Explore Latin American music with All Around This World’s lesson plans, and dance the Flamenco with PBS. Cook your way through countries with these recipes from Growing Up Bilingual and Ready Set Eat.