From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, across the United States people observe National Hispanic Heritage Month as a time to embrace and highlight cultures from Latino countries around the world.
This period was selected in the 1980s because Sept. 15 marks the first day of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence just days after, on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.
Because Dallas is home to over 1.7 million people who are ethnically Hispanic, there are an array of ways to celebrate this month. Here are some of the highlights:
1. Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees Hispanic Heritage Night
When: September 9, 2017; 7:05 PM
Where: Globe Life Park (1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, TX 76011)
As one of the Ranger’s last theme nights, they are hosting Hispanic Heritage Night on Sept. 9 to kick off a month of celebration for the hispanic culture. With vendors and music before the game, both sports enthusiasts and foodies will have plenty to entertain them with! Plus, the first 500 fans to purchase their ticket will win a free t-shirt!
2. Ballet Hispánico
When: Sept. 15, 2017 – Sept. 16 2017; 8:00 PM
Where Moody Performance Hall (2520 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201)
Witness the fusion of Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques at the Moody Performance Hall the weekend of Sept. 15. With Latino choreographers representing Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, the show has been constructed to highlight the subcultures within Latino culture. Get tickets here to secure your spot.
4. A Conversation and Tribute to Trini Lopez
When: Sept. 23, 2017; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75204)
The Latino Cultural Center will be hosting Dallas native and international household name Trini Lopez for a conversation and tribute exhibition in late Sept. Having grown up just miles away in the historical neighborhood of Little Mexico, Lopez’s goal is to share about his life and career. With upbeat 60s hits such as “La Bamba” and “If I Had a Hammer,” the crowd is bound to be large, so reserve your seat by calling 214-671-0045.
5. Hispanic Heritage Salute
When: Sept. 16, 2-17; 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Grand Prairie Farmers Market
Enjoy fresh food, fun music and Hispanic culture in Grand Prairie on Saturday, Sept 16. Grocery shop and celebrate at Market Square with mariachi music from the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy for a bright start to a Saturday morning!
Story by Emily Fuller – Arts + Life Editor
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