Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and honors the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made throughout history. In Columbus, there are plenty of events to celebrate this culture and teach the community about its history and many accomplishments.
*Disclaimer - There are many different terms to describe what is federally referred to as "Hispanic Heritage Month" including but not limited to Latine Heritage Month, Latino Heritage Month and more. Although we are aware that the terms, "Hispanic" and "Latino" mean different things, they are used interchangeably in this blog.
Celebrando at Ohio History Center
Kick off the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with Ohio History Connection's Celebrando on September 17. Join the fun from 10 am - 4 pm with several speakers sharing their cultural perspectives, shop from onsite vendors, and enjoy hands-on activities and a salsa dancing demonstration. This event is free and open to the public, however, advanced registration is recommended.
Latino Heritage Month Parade
Head downtown on September 16 for the Latino Heritage Month Parade. Put on by the Latino Heritage Month Committee (designated by Columbus City Council), this parade celebrates the culture and community of Columbus' Latino population. Festivities begin at 11 am. Stay tuned for more information.
Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert
Head to The Palace Theater on September 22 for a special showing of Encanto while singing along to the soundtrack. This event presented by Disney Concerts, offers a new way to enjoy the movie for Encanto-lovers of all ages. Get tickets.
Policy Day at Columbus Museum of Art
Learn about the journeys and challenges of the ever-increasing number of unaccompanied minors migrating to the U.S. with a viewing of the documentary, Which Way Home. Directly following, there will be an expert-led Q&A session. RSVP for this event happening September 28.
Cultural Connections: Aldo López-Gavilán - Cuba in Ohio
The McConnell Arts Center will host pianist and composer, Aldo López-Gavilán September 29. Guests can expect to enjoy melodies inspired by Aldo's culture along with his worldwide travels. Get tickets.
El Futuro/The Future Art Show
Co-hosted by Columbus City Council and Wild Goose Creative, El Futuro will feature work exploring this diverse culture from local Latino artists. Plan your visit between October 13 to November 2.