Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia

A month-long celebration of food, music and culture

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Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) 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 with the annual Feria Del Barrio festival on N. 5th Street and continue throughout the month with the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Brazilian Day Festival and more. The grand opening of El Corazon Cultural Center and a major exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art follow later this fall.

Follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter to stay up-to-date on all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.


Feria del Barrio

September 11, 2016

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.

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Puerto Rican Festival Awards Gala

September 17, 2016

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 theme El Poder de Nuestras Voces (The Power of Our Voices) is reflected in the Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Latino Youth and Community Service awards that are the highlight of the evening’s festivities.

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Mexican Independence Day Festival

September 18, 2016

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 Los Creadorez, Lamento Show, Grupo Cariño and Banda Retoño, Aztec and other indigenous dancers and traditional foods and crafts.

Mexican Independence Day

The Mexican Independence Day brings a family-friendly festival to Penn’s Landing in September. (Photo courtesy D. Bovitt for DRWC)

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Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall

September 19, 2016

The Puerto Rican flag will fly high during a flag-raising ceremony, which includes remarks by local civic and community leaders and is hosted by the Office of Immigrant Affairs.

City Hall

City Hall hosts the Puerto Rico Flag Raising ceremony, carried out by the Office of Immigrant Affairs. (C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia)

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Welcome Week Bar and Food Crawl

September 23, 2016

Part pub crawl, part first-person memoir event, the Welcome Week Bar and Food Crawl will take participants to several local restaurants and bars where local business owners will share stories about their personal experience as an immigrant and their paths to entrepreneurial success. Participants will get to enjoy delicious food from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba and other Latin American and Caribbean countries.


Mixto is one of several restaurants and bars partaking in the Welcome Week Bar and Food Crawl. (D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia)

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Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall

September 20, 2016

All eyes will be on the flag of Brazil as it is raised up the flagpole during a the Brazilian Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall that features representatives from government and civic institutions.

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Puerto Rican Day Parade

September 25, 2016

Floats, festive dances, local celebs, youth groups and more than 1,500 musicians spice up the action on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The annual parade is the city’s largest and oldest outdoor event celebrating Latino and Puerto Rican heritage.

Puerto Rican Day Parade

The festive Puerto Rican Day Parade is the city’s largest and oldest outdoor event celebrating Latino and Puerto Rican heritage. (Photo courtesy El Concilio)

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Brazilian Day Festival

September 25, 2016

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

Brazilian Day Festival

Food, dance and other lively entertainment are all part of the annual Brazilian Day Festival. (Photo courtesy M. Stanley for DRWC)

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Grand Opening of El Corazon Cultural Center

Opens November 2016

After a decade of planning, the doors to the 25,000 square foot El Corazon Cultural Center will open, revealing the largest Puerto Rican/Latino-based arts and cultural center in Pennsylvania. Here, Taller Puertorriqueño will lead arts and educational activities, exhibitions and talent goal performances, host special events and conduct programs that nurture the talents and aspirations of the community.

El Corazon Cultural Center

The El Corazon Cultural Center opens this November, a Puerto Rican/Latino-based arts and cultural center that will host an array of community programming. (Rendering courtesy Taller Puertorriqueno)

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Paint The Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017

In what will be the only U.S. showing, Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 will include more than 200 pieces from the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Arts in Mexico City and Philadelphia Museum of Art’s own collection. Works by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Frida Kahlo, María Izquierdo, Roberto Montenegro, Carlos Mérida, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and many others offer artistic insights into the the social forces that reshaped Mexico.

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