Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Learn about and celebrate the history and cultures of people of Hispanic or Latinx ancestry. They may have roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The impact of Hispanic and Latinx people can be felt in Seattle and across Washington.
Seattle’s South Park neighborhood and White Center have long been home to Latinx families and businesses. In addition, the influence is being seen more and more in SeaTac and Burien.
Both virtual and in-person activities are planned. Also, it’s a good chance to visit a business or restaurant you haven’t tried before.
Thanks to the folks at Visit Seattle for putting together this events list and other suggestions.
“Hispanic Heritage Month should be a reminder to all of us about the positive contributions Latinx communities, including Latinx immigrants, have made in communities across the U.S.,” said Osbaldo Hernandez, co-owner of Frelard Tamales. “Latinx folks are a crucial part of America’s fabric who have helped write the history and the story of the United States.”
Additionally, here’s a cool introduction to select businesses: Visit Seattle and Intentionalist (with support from Seattle Sounders FC) are hosting Visit Seattle-sponsored tabs offering freebies to people who show up and ask. Here’s how it works and who is being featured.
Hispanic Heritage Month events:
Bailadores de Bronce: Mexican folkloric dance group that performs in and around Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Check for upcoming performances.
KEXP Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now) – Seattle radio station KEXP celebrates Latino-identified communities across the world with performances, podcasts, stories and music on-air through Oct. 15.
MEXAM Northwest Festival: A virtual and in-person event featuring music, film, visual arts, poetry and dance.
Seattle Latino Film Festival: The 13th annual edition of the film festival runs Oct. 8-17 with feature films, short films and documentaries, both online and at Beacon Cinema.
Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture: A museum in Seattle’s South Park featuring the history of Chicanx and Latinx people from postwar to now.
Hispanic Heritage month: learn more
Intentionalist is a great resource for people looking to “vote with their wallets.” Its businesses directory is searchable by neighborhood, type of business and ownership: female, veteran, person with disability, Asian, Native, Black, Latino, etc.
Visit Seattle has more information and resources on this page.