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What is National Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month is a month dedicated to honoring Hispanic Americans and recognizing how they’ve contributed to the culture, history, and achievements of the United States.

When is Hispanic Heritage Month 2021?

Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. Over the next month, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to celebrate Latin American culture in a variety of ways. We’ve put together a list of the top Hispanic Heritage Month events in Houston for you to choose from.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events In Houston

1. TEATRX Presents: Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez at MECA Houston

In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and Latinx Heritage Month, TEATRX is presenting a production of Sonia Flew, a play about a Cuban immigrant raising two children with her Jewish husband in Minneapolis in the aftermath of 9/11. Follow the emotional journey of several generations impacted by war, displacement, and trauma. The production will be staged at MECA Houston. Face masks will be required.
When: Friday, September 17th, and Sunday, September 19th, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: MECA EAST END (Formerly known as TBH) 333 S Jenson Dr. TX, 77003.
How Much: $20

2. Dacamera Presents Pedrito Martinez Group at Miller Outdoor Theatre

courtesy Miller Outdoor Theatre

Enjoy a live Latin jazz and pop performance by the Pedrito Martinez Group. To watch the show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can get up to four tickets for the covered seating area online, but they go fast. If you’re okay with sitting on the hill picnic-style, you don’t have to worry about tickets. You can also watch the event online via live stream here.
When: Friday, September 17th, from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

Hispanic heritage month events

courtesy Children’s Museum Houston

Visit Children’s Museum Houston to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and give your kids a chance to learn more about Mexican culture. Kids will get to enjoy a live performance from a mariachi band, the traditional El Grito De Dolores, and a vibrant performance of Ballet Folklórico Las Américas.
When: Saturday, September 18th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $12 (General admission)

4. Movement Workshop with Mixteco Ballet Folklorico at Levy Park

Mixteco Ballet Folklorico will be putting on a performance for children at Levy Park where they will celebrate music, dance, and the diversity of the Houston community.
When: Saturday, September 18th, at 1 p.m.
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free

5. Foundation for Modern Music Presents: Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Come enjoy one of the liveliest Hispanic Heritage Month events Houston has to offer courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre. Salsa y Salud is Texas’ biggest salsa dance show. The cast of over 50 dancers includes local, regional, and international talent, and the energetic dance numbers will keep the whole family entertained. To watch the show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can get up to four tickets for the covered seating area online, but they go fast. If you’re okay with sitting on the hill picnic-style, you don’t have to worry about tickets. You can also watch the event online via live stream here.
When: Saturday, September 25th, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

6. Citizen Illegal: An Evening with Poet José Olivarez at the Holocaust Museum Houston

Hispanic Heritage Month events

courtesy Holocaust Museum Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston is celebrating Latinx heritage with a free poetry reading by José Olivarez from his debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal. Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and has been recognized for his poetry by the Chicago Review, NPR, The Adroit Journal, the New York Public Library. He was awarded the Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association in 2018. Anyone may attend this event. Masks are required.
When: Thursday, September 30th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free

7. Society for the Performing Arts Presents: Nella at Miller Outdoor Theatre

courtesy Miller Outdoor Theatre

Enjoy a live musical performance from 2019 Latin GRAMMY Winner for Best New Artist, Nella. The Venezuelan artist’s music draws on her country’s folklore and contemporary music trends. To watch the show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can get up to four tickets for the covered seating area online, but they go fast. If you’re okay with sitting on the hill picnic-style, you don’t have to worry about tickets. You can also watch the event online via live stream here.
When: Friday, October 1st, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

8. 2022 Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez at the Holocaust Museum Houston

Hispanic Heritage Month events

courtesy Holocaust Museum Houston

Anyone is welcome to the other Hispanic Heritage Month event that the Holocaust Museum Houston is hosting: a poetry reading by 2022 Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez. Mendez is originally from Galveston and won the 2019 John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters for his book WHY I AM LIKE TEQUILA (Willow Books, 2019).  He is also the founder of Tintero Projects, a group that works with up-and-coming Latinx artists and other artists of color in the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Masks are required to attend this event.
When: Thursday, October 7th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 5401 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free

9. Fiesta Sinfónica at Jones Hall

courtesy Houston Symphony

An annual Hispanic Heritage Month event put on by the Houston Symphony, Fiesta Sinfónica is a free concert that spotlights Latin American music and classics. The multicultural program will be led by conductor Rafael Enrique Irizarry and include songs such as “En Mi Viejo San Juan,” pieces from West Side Story and Carmen, and the finale of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, Opus 34.
When: Saturday, October 7th, at 7 p.m.
Where: 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free (but reservations are required)

10. 42nd Annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Hispanic Heritage Month events

courtesy Miller Outdoor Theatre

The annual Festival Chicano is a celebration of Chicano music that’s now in its 42nd year and still going strong. It’s one of the oldest events of its kind. This festival is a three-day concert spanning Tejano, conjunto, mariachi, and orchestra styles, with different musical acts each night.  To watch the show at Miller Outdoor Theatre, you can get up to four tickets for the covered seating area online, but they go fast. If you’re okay with sitting on the hill picnic-style, you don’t have to worry about tickets. You can also watch the event online via live stream here. Note: only Saturday’s performance will be livestreamed.
When: Thursday, October 7th-Saturday, October 9th, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Free

 

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