Celebrate Latino Heritage | Celebrando Nuestra Herencia

September 15 - October 15


During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate Latino heritage and cultures. Latinos have had a profound and positive influence on our country through a strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. Latinos have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin."

According to this Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2010, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

You can participate in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Let us know if you are hosting an event to celebrate - register below.
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September 15-October 15 | Providence Citywide
2019 Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
@ the Providence Community Libraries

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September 20-28 | Times & locations vary
Providence Latin American Film Festival (PLAFF)

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THURSDAY, September 19 | 4:30PM

Noche Latina @New England Revolution

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September 27 | Central Falls

Salsa Night | Roosevelt Ave.
FREE 8-11 PM | Free salsa lessons, courtesy of Mambo Pa Ti, from 8-9 PM

Last one of the season!

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FRIDAY, September 27 | 7:30-9PM | FREE
Adriano George and the Groove Brotherhood featuring Adriana
Wheaton College | Watson Fine Arts – Weber Theatre

Adriano George da Silva leads this ensemble performing Afro-Brazilian Jazz along with interpretations of popular Brazilian music genres: Samba, Bossa Nova, and MPB (Música Popular Brasileira). George da Silva has played with Brazilian legends Milton Nascimento and Gilberto Gil. The instrumentalists will be joined by singer and composer Adriana Pinto Moreira on vocals. Free tickets may be reserved online.


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SATURDAY, September 28 | 10AM-2PM

Open House @La Galería

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THURSDAY, October 3 | 5-7:30PM
Celebration of Latino Heritage | Cranston City Hall
FREE and open to the public

Please join for the first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Cranston City Hall. We will be celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in our nation, our state and in our city.

Art exhibition from local Latino artist will be on display, Latino inspired poetry slam, and performance by local folkloric groups.


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FRIDAY, October 4 | 5:30-7PM
Artists Meet Up @La Galería | RI Latino Artists Network


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THURSDAY, October 10 | 6-8PM
Postcasting 101 for Latino Artists @La Galería

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