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Aug 23 2013

Philadelphia "Encanta" Hispanic Heritage Month

Festivals, Shows Ring In A Month Of Cultural Fiestas

Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture. Visitors who want to experience the month-long celebration have plenty of options: They can follow the laughter to the Arden Theatre for the hit comedy Mujeres de Par en Par; indulge at celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Volver, his newest venture located inside the Kimmel Center; and join a couple fiestas—Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.

Festivals & Parades:

  • Those hoping to get an early start Hispanic Heritage Month need look no further than the annual Feria del Barrio, one of the largest celebrations of Latino art and culture in the city. The free music, dance and art extravaganza takes place on the sidewalks of the historic Centro de Oro neighborhood—the center of Latino culture in Philadelphia. September 8. 5th Street between Lehigh & Cambria Avenues, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
  • 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 a mariachi band and a dance troupe, as well as local and national food and drink vendors, including El Rey, Los Taquitos de Puebla and Plaza Azteca. September 15. 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 for the third straight year. Supported by the Mexican restaurant owners of South Philadelphia and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the event features food vendors, musical performances, crafts and more. September 22. 9th Street between Washington & Federal Streets
  • More than 1,500 musicians, performers, local celebrities and youth groups take to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Puerto Rican Day Parade, the city’s largest and oldest outdoor event celebrating Latino and Puerto Rican heritage. Attendees admire passing floats, enjoy festive dances and listen to upbeat music. September 29. Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 627-3100

Art & Culture:

  • To celebrate immigrant heritage and cultural diversity, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs debuts XCultural Passport Week, a series of events taking place throughout the city. On tap so far: a photo exhibit, a bar crawl, musical performances and more. September 15-22. Various locations. xculturalpassportphl.com
  • A little music, a little wine and lots of laughs have made Mujeres de Par en Par a hit with theater-goers around the country. Award-winning Venezuelan playwright Indira Paez gives audiences a peek inside the lives of several women and uses humor to unveil some universal truths. September 21. Arden Theatre, 40 N. 2nd Street, (215) 922-1122, ardentheatre.org
  • On the last Friday of every other month, the Talentos Dance Studio in Old Kensington is transformed into Café Encuentros and hosts Tertulias, which are lectures and discussions about cultural topics. Afterwards, audience members take the mic and share their music, poetry or dance skills. The theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Hispanic Heritage Month: A Musical & Culinary Celebration.” September 27. 1417 N. 2nd Street, (215) 425-1390, raicesculturales.org
  • During the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s pay-what-you-wish Wednesday nights, the Philadelphia-based Spanish publication Al Dia hosts the premiere of Harvest of Empire, a gripping social documentary that reveals the political and social roots that have driven millions to migrate from Latin America to the United States. The viewing is followed by a Q&A with Juan González, author; Sabrina Vourvoulias, editor of Al Dia and author of Ink; and Eduardo Lopez, producer and co-director of the film. September 27. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  • Vejigantes, the colorful masks that are a centuries-old Puerto Rican tradition, undergo a reimagining in the exhibition Vejigantes of Puerto Rico: Origins, Myths and Messengers. Taller Puertorriqueño displays masks from five American and Puerto Rican artists, who merged cultural traditions with depictions of modern social issues. October 11. 2721 N. 5th Street, (215) 426-3311, tallerpr.org
  • Audiences who were captivated by the infectious rhythms and irresistible charm of the 1999 film Buena Vista Social Club will love the live thing even more. At the Merriam Theatre, the 13-piece Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club features several alumni musicians, including trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal. October 9. 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org
  • Sizzling, sultry and sophisticated. That’s Tango Fire – Flames of Desire. The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires, which includes a 10-person dance troupe, singers and a quartet of musicians, sears the Merriam Theatre stage with all the passion and drama that propelled the tango from the dance halls of Argentina to the forefront of the entertainment world. October 24. 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999, kimmelcenter.org

Food & Other Fun:

  • The Philadelphia Phillies get a jump start on celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month during the 12th Annual Goya Latino Family Celebration at Citizens Bank Park. The game hits a homerun with special food and entertainment. Bonus: Phils fans can get a discount on tickets by using the online promotion code SALSA. September 7. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-1000, phillies.com/themenights
  • Community leaders, social activists and trendsetters from the region’s Hispanic community are honored during the Hispanic Choice Awards. For its 10th anniversary, this glittery annual party and award ceremony honors the achievements of Latino movers-and-shakers in a new location, the Merriam Theatre. October 5. 250 S. Broad Street, hcaphilly.com
  • Culinary art takes center stage as Jose Garces opens Volver, the newest restaurant in his flavorful empire. Located inside the Kimmel Center, Volver features a performance kitchen—meaning diners play the part of the audience. With the largest champagne collection in the city, Volver promises to be the toast of the town. Opening October. 300 S. Broad Street

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