Hispanic Heritage Month may be an official 30-day observance of culture for our entire country, yet these festivities prove Miami is the best place to celebrate!
While the observance has only been official for a few decades, the ever growing Hispanic population in the United States has made these 30 days honoring the culture and contributions of people with ancestry from Spain and Latin America more and more popular throughout our country. Yet Miami has always been at the forefront of these celebrations that start every year on September 15th (the Independence Day for various Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, Guatemala, and El Salvador). Beginning in 1968 as only a week and expanding to a month or 30 days in 1988, this cultural celebration is honored in a myriad of different ways, including right here in Miami.
Visit Little Havana!
There may be no finer example of a true center of Hispanic culture in Miami than Little Havana. The entire area is full of Latin-influenced restaurants, venues, and shops that all sing out with the voices of those from different backgrounds that have come and put down their roots in The Magic City. The heart of this area, Calle Ocho (or southwest 8th Street) is the perfect place to start your celebrations as you dine on authentic dishes from all over Latin America or take in the local flavor of visiting a true cultural landmark at Domino Park.
Not only just a celebration of Hispanic pride, starting on October 1st and running through the end of Heritage Month (October 15th), the Orgullo Festival celebrates Hispanic LGBTQ Pride. Now in its 9th year, the festivities will focus on Art of Fashion through the artistic mediums of art, music, dance, and film. The full schedule for South Florida’s original Hispanic LGBTQ Pride festival is available which include noteworthy events such as ArteORGULLO (October 3) at Pridelines Miami and the Fashion Gala (October 12) at the FROST Art Museum@FIU.
Throughout the 30 days, there are free events throughout Magic City for the entire family to enjoy, including Mall of the Americas Hispanic Heritage Celebration (September 27). Another way to celebrate is by soaking in the culture in the heart of the city with us at Hilton Miami Downtown. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, our upscale accommodations are complemented by fantastic facilities including our rooftop pool and incredible eats from Brisa Bistro, highlighting fusion cuisine that is full of Hispanic influence.
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