Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia
A month-long celebration of food, music and culture
Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture.
Visitors who want to experience the month-long celebration have plenty of options: They can follow the laughter to the Arden Theatre for the hit comedy Mujeres de Par en Par; indulge at celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Volver, his newest venture located inside the Kimmel Center; and join a couple fiestas—Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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Festivals & Parades
Date: September 8
Those hoping to get an early start Hispanic Heritage Month need look no further than the annual Feria del Barrio, one of the largest celebrations of Latino art and culture in the city. The free music, dance and art extravaganza takes place on the sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood—the center of Latino culture in Philadelphia.
Date: September 15
It’s all Mexico, all day—food, music, dancing and crafts—during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn’s Landing. The family-friendly affair includes performances by a mariachi band and a dance troupe, as well as local and national food and drink vendors, including El Rey, Los Taquitos de Puebla and Plaza Azteca.
Date: September 29
More than 1,500 musicians, performers, local celebrities and youth groups take to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the city’s largest and oldest outdoor event celebrating Latino and Puerto Rican heritage. Attendees admire passing floats, enjoy festive dances and listen to upbeat music.
Art & Culture Celebrations
Dates: Through October 20
The Walnut Street Theater hosts Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, In The Heights, telling the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. With a gripping story and incredible music and dance, In The Heights is a groundbreaking 21st century musical and the next chapter in the classic American story. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, members of the cast will be performing at the Hispanic Choice Awards on October 6.
Date: September 27
On the last Friday of every other month, the Talentos Dance Studio in Old Kensington is transformed into Café Encuentros and hosts Tertulias, which are lectures and discussions about cultural topics. Afterwards, audience members take the mic and share their music, poetry or dance skills. The theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Hispanic Heritage Month: A Musical & Culinary Celebration.”
Date: September 28
A little music, a little wine and lots of laughs have made Mujeres de Par en Par a hit with theater-goers around the country. Award-winning Venezuelan playwright Indira Paez gives audiences a peek inside the lives of several women and uses humor to unveil some universal truths.
Date: October 9
Audiences who were captivated by the infectious rhythms and irresistible charm of the 1999 film Buena Vista Social Club will love the live thing even more. At the Merriam Theatre, the 13-piece Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club features several alumni musicians, including trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal.
Date: October 11
Vejigantes, the colorful masks that are a centuries-old Puerto Rican tradition, undergo a reimagining in the exhibition Vejigantes of Puerto Rico: Origins, Myths and Messengers. Taller Puertorriqueño displays masks from five American and Puerto Rican artists, who merged cultural traditions with depictions of modern social issues.
Date: October 24
Sizzling, sultry and sophisticated. That’s Tango Fire – Flames of Desire. The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires, which includes a 10-person dance troupe, singers and a quartet of musicians, sears the Merriam Theatre stage with all the passion and drama that propelled the tango from the dance halls of Argentina to the forefront of the entertainment world.
Awards & Eats
Date: October 6
Community leaders, social activists and trendsetters from the region’s Hispanic community are honored during the Hispanic Choice Awards. For its 10th anniversary, this glittery annual party and award ceremony honors the achievements of Latino movers-and-shakers in a new location, the Merriam Theatre. October 5. 250 S. Broad Street, hcaphilly.com
Date: Opening October
Culinary art takes center stage as Jose Garces opens Volver, the newest restaurant in his flavorful empire. Located inside the Kimmel Center, Volver features a performance kitchen—meaning diners play the part of the audience. With the largest champagne collection in the city, Volver promises to be the toast of the town.