As a diverse and vibrant region that is the home to many Latino communities, Greater Philadelphia offers a wealth of Latino cultural events and festivals summer through fall. From the Delaware River Waterfront to Chester County, art exhibitions (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), musical performances (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas, more), festivals (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Bario) and futbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honor the heritage and future of Latinos.
- Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta (Our Theme: Call and Response) – The inaugural exhibition at the new El Corazón Cultural Center rotates the work of 24 artists from Philly to Rio over 16 months among gleaming new gallery halls. The concept of the showcase is to display works from and responding to the community itself. This summer, the Centro de Oro space features the work of Jack Delano, Lillian Mendez, Héctor Méndez Caratini and Tony Rocco. Through September 2 (exhibition through April 2018). 2600 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
- Friday Nights at the Museum – The Philadelphia Museum of Art fetes the end of the week with live entertainment among the masterpieces. This time, the band is Los Angeles-based Buyepongo, playing a get-up-and-dance fusion of hip-hop, punk, funk and jazz blended into a Latino mix. July 7. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
- Club América vs. Club Puebla – Two Mexican soccer club greats—from Mexico City and Puebla, respectively—square off at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union. This friendly match is of special interest to the over 20,000 Philadelphia residents who hail from the state of Puebla. July 8. 1 Stadium Drive, Chester, (610) 859-3100, philadelphiaunion.com
- Hispanic Fiesta – This weekend-long celebration, attended by over 15,000 people, fills the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing with music and dancing—salsa, merengue, bachata, samba, cumbia, mariachi and flamenco—Latino foods and artisan crafts from a wealth of Latin American countries. The free, family-friendly event is one of the outdoor venue’s most popular. July 8-9. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
- NuevoFest – This free, outdoor, alt-Latin music festival features acts from San Juan to Chile to L.A.—La Vida Bohème, Javiera Mena, Buscabulla, Balún, Tribu Baharu, Rubio, Piélago, El Mariachi Manchester. The event is a production of WXPN’s Latin Roots Live series. July 16. FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-9006, fringearts.com
- Sabrosito Rico Tour – The ever joyful Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo makes a rare stateside appearance, leaving their small Venezuelan village on a highly-anticipated North American tour, making their way to the City of Brotherly Love. With singing, drumming and percussive sounds that make audiences dance, this performance is not to be missed. July 21. African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org
- Summer Nights Concert Series – Every Wednesday evening for 12 weeks, the Penn Museum invites musicians to perform in its gardens. In late July, Conjunto Philadelphia adds pre-Revolutionary Cuba tunes to the museum’s roster of zydeco, Middle Eastern folk and more. July 26. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
- Summer Nights Concert Series – Six-part Brazilian jazz ensemble Ensemble Novo plays vibraphone, electric and nylon string guitars, bass guitar, drums, percussion and saxophone for one evening only outside the Penn Museum. August 9. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
- Summer Performance Series – The multi-Latin Grammy-winning, Mexican-American singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas brings her pioneering alt-Latin-meets-pop style to Longwood Gardens’ Open Air Theatre as part of this popular series. September 5. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org
- Mushroom Festival – The mushroom-growing capital of the world fetes its number one cash crop—and, by extension, the many local Latino workers in the industry—in this vibrant weekend-long street festival. September 9-10. State & Union Streets, Kennett Square, (610) 925-3373, mushroomfestival.org
- Mexican Independence Day – In excited anticipation of the holiday to come, Penn’s Landing puts on a family-friendly celebration of Mexican culture and food in this free afternoon party on the waterfront. September 10. Great Plaza, Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
- Hispanic Heritage Month – Beginning each year in mid-September, this month-long, regional recognition and celebration of Latino life in Philadelphia includes parades, parties, flag-raisings and the below events. September 15-October 15. phila.gov
- Brazilian Day Philadelphia – The finale of the season’s PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing is a day of Capoeira, games, music and dance—a taste of Rio along the Delaware River. September 17. Columbus Boulevard & Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
- Feria Del Barrio – This block-party-style celebration of North Philadelphia’s vibrant Centro de Oro community brings artisans, musicians, food vendors and families to a free event that has become a hallmark of Hispanic Heritage Month. September 17. N. 5th Street between W. Huntington & W. Somerset Streets, feria.tallerpr.org
- Puerto Rican Day Parade – This year marks the 55th anniversary of this music- and pomp-filled Puerto Rican procession of 1,500 marchers. The theme for 2017: The Rhythm of Our Culture/El Ritmo de Nuestra Cultura. September 24. elconcilio.net
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