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Where to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia

A month-long celebration of food, music and culture

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The annual Feria del Barrio on North Fifth Street Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia
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National Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 through October 15, and Philadelphia celebrates the accomplishments, culture and legacy of the city’s Hispanic population with a range of events throughout the month and beyond.

The festivities kick off in early September with the Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green and Organic Fest, and continue throughout the month with the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Brazilian Day Festival and more. Local restaurants are getting in on the action this year, and the popular Feria del Barrio returns.

Read on for the top ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month around Philly.

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Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green & Organic Fest

The Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green & Organic Fest promotes living a sustainable lifestyle. Part of the PECO Multicultural Series, this free event combines Mexican indigenous traditions and modern-day Mexican Farmer culture, centered around corn.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony

The Brazilian flag flies high during Hispanic Heritage Month. The free, open-to-the-public ceremony includes remarks by local civic and community leaders and is hosted by the Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Where: Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard

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Brazilian Day Festival

— Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Get ready to dance, dance, dance at Brazilian Day Philadelphia celebrating Brazil’s independence. Authentic traditional foods and merchandise will be in abundance at this free event, and performers will light up the stage with the contagious rhythms of the forro, pagode, capoeira, samba, reggae and other dances.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Puerto Rican Festival Awards Gala

Glitter, glamour and a celebration of the accomplishments of community leaders, social activists and trendsetters come together during the Puerto Rican Festival Awards Gala. The annual ceremony includes live music and dancing.

Where: Banquet Hall, 141 E. Hunting Park Avenue

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Mexican Independence Day Festival

Mexican Independence Day at Penn's Landing Mexican Independence Day at Penn's Landing
— Photo courtesy Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

It’s all about Mexico, all day — food, music, dancing and crafts — during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival part of the PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing. This free, family-friendly affair includes live performances, Aztec and other indigenous dancers, and traditional foods and crafts.

Where: Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, 101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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Feria del Barrio

Did someone say fiesta? Look no further than the annual Feria del Barrio, one of the Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino art and culture. The free music, dance and art extravaganza hits the sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood — the center of Latino culture in Philadelphia.

Where: Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street

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Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony

The Puerto Rican flag flies above one of Philadelphia’s busiest public spaces throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Local civic and community leaders kick off this public ceremony hosted by the Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Where: Thomas Paine Plaza, 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard

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Puerto Rican Day Parade

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade
— Photo by Visit Philadelphia

Floats, dances, local celebrities, youth groups and more than 1,500 musicians bring the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to life for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, ending with a fun-filled festival at American Street and Lehigh Avenue. This free annual parade is the city’s largest and oldest outdoor event celebrating Latino and Puerto Rican heritage.

Where: The Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Building Bridges

Part of the City of Philadelphia’s Welcoming Week activities, Building Bridges asks participating restaurants to share the profits of a dish or beverage with Puentes de Salud, a Philadelphia nonprofit that addresses healthcare needs and basic services for the city’s growing immigrant community.

Where: Locations include El Compadre, 1149 S. 9th Street

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Reception: Roberto Lugo Ceramic Exhibition

Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo showcases work he created at Taller Puertorriqueño’s gallery during this no-cost event. BORICUA, BARRIO, BARRO (Puerto Rican, Neighborhood, Clay) is the North Philadelphia artist’s first solo exhibition. The master potter, social activist, spoken word poet, educator, husband and father was raised in a Puerto Rican household.

Where: Taller Puertorriqueño, 2600 N. 5th Street

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Blue Corn Lifestyle: Green & Organic Fest
Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony
Brazilian Day Festival
Puerto Rican Festival Awards Gala
Mexican Independence Day Festival
Feria del Barrio
Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Building Bridges
Reception: Roberto Lugo Ceramic Exhibition
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