Celebrated from September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a way to appreciate Hispanic countries and the culture that each one has brought to the United States. It celebrates the cultures and traditions of those who trace their roots back to Spain, Mexico, and Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
To help celebrate and honor Hispanic Heritage Month, we compiled some local resources for bringing the Hispanic and Latinx experience and culture to your life through cuisine, music, dance, literature, film and art.
Food! To start, let's celebrate with Cuisine. From fast food tacos to a modern twist on Mexican food to street food, Downtown Tempe has a full roster of delicious Hispanic food to try: Vamos a comer!
Music and Dance for Everyone! On Sunday, October 2, 2022 from noon to 8:00 p.m., the City of Tempe celebrates Hispanic culture with Tempe Tardeada at the Tempe Community Complex, 3500 S. Rural Road. Mariachis, dance groups, tortilla-making demonstrations, children's activities and food vendors and food trucks celebrate the day.
More Music! Noche Mexicana: Canción y Sinfonía at Tempe Center for the Arts, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. The School of International Letters and Cultures and Peregrinos y sus Letras present a music gala to end their 15th Gathering of artists and authors. To close Hispanic Heritage Month, this concert features music by Mexican composers Manuel M. Ponce on his 140th anniversary and José Pablo Moncayo on his 110th. This event presents guest tenor Gabriel Martinez, soprano Martha Llamas, and pianist José Salazar along with the Tempe Symphony Orchestra. Free with Reserve Tickets
Books! Check out the Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month Book Display at Hayden Library on the ASU Tempe Campus, September 15 - October 15. This mobile book display will be on level 1. The collection of books, folios and DVDs highlight exceptional Hispanic and Latinx authors and artists to celebrate the month
Movies! ASU presents Movies on the Field: Selena on September 30, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in Sun Devil Stadium. Celebrate Latin Heritage Month with this biographical drama charting the extraordinary career and tragic death of pop singing sensation Selena Quintanilla as her career transcended the Tejano scene that launched her into crossover, mainstream success. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie and Jacob Vargas. Bring a blanket, sit on the field and enjoy your favorite films on the big screen under the stars! Events are open to the ASU community and the public. Learn more and get tickets at asu365communityunion.com
Art! Collage Night: Design in Latin America on September 21 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., ASU Tempe Campus. Following a brief lecture from professor Jose Bernardi about the impact of Latin American culture on design, we will design collages using Latin American motifs and images. Take home your collage or have it framed on display in the Multicultural Communities of Excellence space for the rest of Hispanic Heritage Month. Details
Theater! Stray Cat Theatre presents Ghosts of Bogota at Tempe Center for the Arts, 7:30 p.m. A beautiful and heartbreaking dark comedy centering around three siblings, late 20s to late 30s, who return to their parents’ birth country when their grandfather dies. A universal story about family secrets, told through a very specific Latinx lens, and a story about that unique immigrant experience of never feeling fully at home in any country that can claim you. Get Tickets
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