From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans on the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Being that it’s 2020 and COVID-19 is still a real issue, most celebrations have gone virtual this year. Below are a variety of events you can enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Orange – Concerts & Entertainment
Blue – History & Educational
Green – Arts & Exhibits
Pink – Lectures & Workshops
*All events are free unless otherwise stated. Some require tickets and or registration. This list and calendar will be updated as more events are announced.
Official Hispanic Heritage Month Website
Hispanic Heritage Month (gov)
Researching World War II Spanish Posters at the National Archives
The U.S. Government carried out many propaganda activities during World War II. One was an effort to appeal to Hispanic Americans and the people of Latin America to foster a united front against the Axis powers.
September 16, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Encuentro en el Smithsonian: Rubén Rada y Pedrito Martinez
Conversation with two renowned master percussionists as they consider the power of the drum to spark connection and transcendence. Moderated by NPR and BBC contributor Betto Arcos.
September 17, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. EST
Homegrown: Changüi Majadero
Spreading the spirit of Cuban folkloric music mixed with a dash of East LA grit.
September 30, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. EST
Herencia: Spanish Legal Document Transcribe-a-Thon
“To celebrate the launch of phase two of the Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents campaign, and Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be hosting a virtual transcribe-a-thon.” You do not need to read Spanish, Latin, or Catalan to participate in this project!
October 7, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. EST
Mendez, Hernandez and Beyond: A Conversation on Latinx Civil Rights
A panel of experts and public figures discuss civil rights cases — such as Mendez v. Westminister and Hernandez v. Texas — that address the rights of individuals in the Latinx community.
October 15, 2020 – 5:00 p.m. EST
The National Portrait Gallery is highlighting Latinx history makers. See the portraits and hear the stories of these important figures.
Wednesdays – 11 a.m. EST
Sept. 16: Sal Castro
Sept. 23: Dolores Huerta
Sept. 30: Sandra Cisneros
Oct. 7: Marta Morena Vega
Oct. 14: Sonia Sotomayor
Oct. 21: Sylvia Rivera
Oct. 28: Chita Rivera
One Life: Dolores Huerta
Explore the life and legacy of this iconic Latina activist.
Calle Ocho Live Music Festival
October 4, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. EST
36th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival
September 18 – 27, 2020
For a full list of featured films and screening dates, click here.
**Purchased tickets required for most film festivals.
Latin Fashion Week Colorado
September 16 – 23, 2020
Centroamericanto Fest 2020
12th Annual Central-American Singer-songwriter Festival
La Historia Uncovered
Conversations to “…strengthen our knowledge of the deep roots and history of our community in the United States.”
8:00 p.m. EST
Sept. 15: Dr. Paul Ortiz, Author of “An African American and Latinx History in the United States”
Sept. 22: Ed Morales, Author of “Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico”
Sept. 30: Professor Laura E. Gomez, Author of “Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism”
Oct. 6: Julia Barajas, Los Angeles Times Journalist & Maylei Blackwell, Coeditor of “Chicana Movidas”
Outdoor Virtual Event
Brought to you by Saved by Nature in partnership with Latino Outdoors and Open Space Authority.
September 26, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. EST
Hispanic Voices: Celebrating Our Impact in the Travel Industry
Brought to you by Travel Unity
September 18, 2020 – 12:00 p.m. EST
Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South Since 1910
Historical discussion with Julie M. Weiss, Javier Díaz de León, and Virginia Prescott.
Brought to you by Atlanta History Center
September 29, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. EST
A great place to find Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations is your local university. Most History Departments, Latin American Studies Departments, and campus organizers host small scale events.
Celebrate by supporting Hispanic and Latinx-owned Businesses!
Don’t forget to stay up to date on other virtual events on Instagram Live and other social media platforms!
How will you be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month?