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Hispanic Heritage Month In Philadelphia Means A Feast Of Fiestas
Exhibits, Festivals & Parades Highlight The Month In Hispanic Happenings
Fun, food, arts and cultural activities highlight this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) festivities in Philadelphia. Chocolate lovers can barter cacao seeds in an Aztec Market at the Academy of Natural Sciences, while revelers can catch the celebratory spirit at Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For event updates, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.
Festivals & Parades:
- It’s all Mexico—food, music, dancing and crafts—all day 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. Area restaurants will compete for the title of “Best Taco in Philadelphia.” September 14. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2386, delawareriverwaterfront.com
- 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. September 21. 5th Street between Lehigh & Cambria Avenues, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
- Get ready to dance, dance, dance at Brazilian Day Philadelphia, celebrating Brazil’s independence. Authentic traditional foods and merchandise are available in abundance, and performers light up the stage with the contagious rhythms of the samba, forro, pagode, capoeira, samba-reggae and other dances. September 21. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing,
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 922-2386, delawareriverwaterfront.com
- Fiesta en la Calle 9 (Party on 9th Street) brings flavor, music and vibrant colors to the East Passyunk section of South Philadelphia. Supported by the Mexican restaurant owners of South Philadelphia and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event features food, musical performances, crafts and more. September 21. 9th Street between Washington & Federal Streets, (215) 790-3723, philahispanicchamber.org
- 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. September 28. Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 627-3100
Art & Culture:
- Join Beatriz Urraca and Gary M. Kramer, co-editors of Directory of World Cinema: Argentina, in a screening and discussion of White Elephant. The film blends fast-paced action and social commentary to tell the story of a young priest dealing with the harsh realities of life among Argentina’s poor. September 12. International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, (215) 387-5125, ihousephilly.org
- Year two of XCultural Passport Week, celebrating immigrant heritage and cultural diversity, is expanding this year to include a restaurant week event, along with a photo exhibit, a bar crawl, musical performances and more. September 14-21. Various locations. xculturalpassportphl.com
- Artists Maya Escobar and Andria Morales merge their formidable talents in the innovative exhibition Yo Soy Oro (I Am Gold). Using a combination of modern technology, community participation, advertising and marketing techniques and photography, the project explores how the El Centro de Oro community perceives and defines itself. September 21-October 18. 2721 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
- The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic-American Trailblazers all month long. The museum will display special artifacts—the Bible that Chief Justice John Roberts used to swear in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the baseball Roberto Clemente hit in his 1,273rd career RBI—that tell the Hispanic-American story. Throughout the month, visitors can also watch an interactive show that examines the lives of notable Hispanic Americans and take a self-guided tour of items in the museum’s collections that are of specific interest to Latinos. September 15-October 15. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6600, constitutioncenter.org
- ¡Qué Viva la Herencia Latina! (Viva Latina Heritage), the second annual Musical & Culinary Arts Explosion, ups the fun and entertainment factor of the bi-monthly Tertulia gatherings. This night is all about traditional Latin foods, music and entertainment. September 26. 1417 N. 2nd Street, (215) 425-1390, raicesculturales.org
- The Barnes Foundation celebrates Hispanic arts and culture with two events taking place the first weekend in October. Flamenco dancing and guitar is on the agenda for Flamenco Fiesta, a First Friday presentation (October 3), while a talk and book signing by artist/author Gilberto Gonzalez and Al Dia’s Sabrina Vourvoulias (October 5) fills the calendar for First Sunday. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
- Anytime is a good time to visit the Mexico and Central America Galleries at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Five grand stone monuments with hieroglyphic writing and two monumental circular altars from the Penn Museum’s early Maya excavations dominate this signature gallery, which features more than 200 ancient artifacts such as jade carvings, jewelry, painted pottery and figurines, some dating back 3,500 years. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum
Food & Other Fun:
- The Philadelphia Phillies keep a long-standing tradition going when they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the 13th Annual Goya Latino Family Celebration at Citizens Bank Park. The game against the Atlanta Braves hits a homerun with special food and entertainment. Bonus: Phils fans get a discount on tickets by using the online promotion code SALSA. September 27. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-5000, phillies.com/themenights
- Calle 13 makes its Philadelphia debut at the Merriam Theater for a one-night performance of the Multiviral Tour. The popular Puerto Rican band—winners of a record-breaking 19 Latin Grammy Awards® and two Grammy Awards®—are credited with changing the discourse about Latin America—artistically, politically and socially. September 27. 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
- Community leaders, social activists and trendsetters from the region’s Hispanic community are honored during the Hispanic Choice Awards. This glittery annual party and award ceremony—celebrating its 11th anniversary—honors the achievements of Latino movers-and-shakers at a new location this year: the Merriam Theater. October 11. 250 S. Broad Street, hcaphilly.com
- When Chocolate: The Exhibition rolls into The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Mexican Cultural Center and Chef Dionicio Jimenez will be on hand preparing Mexican foods that include chocolate ingredients. The kick-off event also includes activities for children, folkloric performances and more. The interactive exhibition traces the cacao bean’s role in Aztec culture through its evolution into an indulgent modern treat. October 11, 2014-January 24, 2015. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000, ansp.org, mexicanculturalcenter.org
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