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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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.
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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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
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.
Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for stays through November 30, 2018 and get FREE hotel parking as well as free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, a $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market, free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square and a $10 Lyft credit.