SAN ANTONIO — Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to illustrate the rich contributions and the continued impact of the Hispanic community.
It begins on Sept. 15 and goes through Oct. 15. It starts in the middle of the month because Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It also begins the same week Mexico and Chile celebrate their own respective days of independence.
San Antonio is celebrating on a large scale, including through the city's largest series of events, Fiestas Patrias, and over a dozen other events at the Pearl Brewery. (If you know of an event not listed below, email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A month of events will be held in celebration and commemoration of Diez y Seis De Septiembre. They include:
- Sept. 8: Fotos y Recuerdos Exhibit Opening Reception at Centro Cultural Aztlan
- Sept. 15: El Grito Civic Ceremony & Cultural Program at Historic Market Square
- Sept. 16: 42st Annual Dieciséis de Septiembre Parade begins at the corner of Brazos and Guadalupe
- Sept. 16 to 17: LULAC’s Diez y Seis Fiestas Patrias at Historic Market Square
- Sept. 16 – 23: URBAN-15 Group’s "Accion!" Virtual Latino Film Screenings takes place online
- Sept. 17: US Mint-Smithsonian Jovita Idár Quarter Celebration at Historic Market Square
- Sept. 23 to 24: Mezclas Acústicas at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
- Sept. 30: Diez y Seis Mariachi Festival at La Villita Historic Arts Village
- Oct. 13: Celebrando Tradiciones – Cuentos, Bailes y Música at the Guadalupe Theater
- Oct. 14: 6th Annual Fiesta Alegria takes place online
- Oct. 14 to 15: San Antonio Charro Association Anniversary Charreada takes place at Padre Park
Dieciséis de Septiembre
Saturday, Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pearl is celebrating Dieciséis de Septiembre, or the Sixteenth of September, honoring Mexico’s Independence from Spain. The celebration will include live musical performances, a grito contest, and activities for the kids including Lotería, guitar painting and more.
Vamos a Bailar with Esta Noche Dance Company
Sundays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and Oct. 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pearl and Esta Noche Dance Company partner to bring free, high-energy dance classes to Pearl Park this fall. Classes are open to the public and will feature a mix of bachata and salsa classes that are geared towards all levels.
Wednesday night markets starting Sept. 20
Pearl Farmers Market presents “Mercadito Cultural” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 20, Sept. 27 and Oct. 4. Join us as we support talented chefs, artisans and captivating performances that showcase the richness of Hispanic culture, including live performances by Mariachi Las Alteñas each week.
Cultura. Orgullo. Corazon Mural
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Pearl and MMCreative Studio will present a colorful mural meant to capture the spirit of San Antonio through three powerful words: Cultura. Orgullo. Corazón., which translates to Culture. Pride. Heart.
Wednesday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 8
For the first time ever, the Pearl will be home to two Alebrijes from the private collection of Chef Johnny Hernandez and La Gloria. These colorful spirit creatures will light up Pearl for one weekend only.
Wednesday, Sept 20 to Sunday, Oct. 1
Pearl will be home to four Calaveras from the private collection of Chef Johnny Hernandez and La Gloria. Each Calavera is created in partnership with a local artist and features colorful flowers, patterns and stories.
Chiles en Nogada Dinner at Cured
Saturday, Sept. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cured
Join Chef Steve McHugh and Chef Sergio Remolina for a very special three-course meal with wine pairings celebrating Mexican Independence Day and the history of Chiles en Nogada.
San Antonio Parks and Recreation
Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. / Roosevelt Park Pool
San Antonio Parks and Recreation is kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month with the Selena movie showing Saturday as part of its Free Movies in the Pool series.
Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Make plans to visit IKEA Live Oak on 9/23 and treat the family to a fun day of celebrating Hispanic Heritage with food samplings, crafts, and more!
Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. / 6387 Babcock Road
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an in-person wine-tasting, enjoy authentic flavors as we toast our culture!
Fleet Feet San Antonio
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. / The Greenline (2532 Sidney Brooks Dr.)
Join us for a three-mile social run/walk in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Fleet Feet San Antonio has partnered with Brooks City Running and Speed Burro Running to come together at the Greenline.
Other San Antonio events
"Nuestras Voces: Retelling Our Stories": A dance production hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center that "sets out to unveil the hidden stories of our Mexican-American leaders." Featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company and Mariachi Azteca de América.
Scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Guadalupe Theater (1301 Guadalupe St.).