National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 in Washington, DC

September 15-October 15

••• Latino Festival. © Miller Taylor

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, America celebrates the culture and traditions of Spanish speaking residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

  • Latinidad at the National Museum of American History - Sept. 17, 2016, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This all-day festival showcases how Latina women have contributed to American history. The festival will include Latin hip-hop DJs, hip-hop dance instructions, hands-on activities and a Cuban cooking demonstration. Visitors also have the opportunity to engage with the Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert program series.
  • Family Day Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian - Sept. 16–18, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. “Maya Creativity and Cultural Milieu” will provide hands-on activities, while weavers from the Maya Traditions Foundation in Guatemala and Weaving for the Future in Washington, D.C., demonstrate traditional textile arts. Filmmakers from Unlocking Silent Histories, a non-profit dedicated to empowering Maya youth to document their stories, will screen short films.
  • Family Day Festival at the National Portrait Gallery -  Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 24-Oct 16, 2016. Kids can participate in an art activity after listening to a story about a famous Hispanic athlete, activist or leader.
  • Hispanic Heritage Family Day: Innovators in Aviation and Space at the National Air and Space Museum - Oct. 8, 2016, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visitors will learn about the contributions of Latin Americans to aviation and space exploration, meet Hispanic scientists and engineers, and participate in bilingual activities.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month at the National Gallery of Art - September 15 - October 15, 2016. The Gallery presents a wide array of offerings honoring this rich and diverse cultural legacy. The Gallery regularly offers Spanish-language guided tours, audio guides, and printed guides to the art collection.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress - September 15 - October 15, 2016. The Library will celebrate with a series of events, tours and gallery talks. Highlights include; Gabriel Muñoz and Melodías Borinqueñas present Puerto Rican Folk music from New Jersey on Sept. 22, at noon; Artemio Posadas performs San Jarocho music from California on Sept. 28, at noon, Historian Franklin Knight presents a lecture on the history of rum on Oct. 11, at noon and much more.
  • Prince George's County Hispanic Festival - September 18, 2016, noon – 6 p.m. Lane Manor Park, Adelphi, MD. The event highlights Hispanic culture with carnival games, arts and crafts, live music, face painting, pony rides, and ethnic food.
  • AFI Latin American Film Festival - September 15 -October 15, 2016. AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road. Silver Spring, MD. The Festival showcases the best filmmaking from Latin America and celebrates Ibero-American cultural connections through the inclusion of films from Spain and Portugal.
  • Latino Festival - Fiestia DC - September 17-18, 2016. The annual event in Downtown Washington, DC includes a parade, a children’s festival, a science fair, arts & crafts, international cuisine and much more.
  • Zoo Fiesta at the National Zoo - September 18, 2016, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods.

Hispanic Related Monuments and Memorials in Washington, DC

Many Hispanics have made important contributions to America. National Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time to visit these monuments and learn more about these historic figures.

  • United Spanish War Veterans Memorial - Memorial Avenue, west of Arlington Memorial Bridge.