Kicking off Sept. 15 and continuing until Oct. 15, local organizations are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, highlighting the diverse histories, cultures and contributions of Latinx people. Pres. Lyndon Johnson set aside a week in 1968 but in 1988, Pres. Ronald Reagan extended it to an entire month. The timing is significant as several Latin American countries celebrate independence in mid-September.
Sept. 1-Oct. 1
Fiestas de Las Americas Art Exhibition at Oklahoma City Community College Capitol Hill Center (325 SW 25th St) features artwork by local Latino artists. The exhibition leads up to the Fiesta de las Américas Celebration. All artworks are for sale and can be purchased during the Fiestas de Las Americas live art auction on Oct. 1.
FREE OKC Park’s Fall Film Series at Pitts Park (1920 N Kate Ave) features an outdoor screening of Encanto. Movies will begin at sunset, with pre-movie activities at 7:15 p.m.
FREE Fiestas Patrias OKC at Oklahoma City Community College (7777 S May Ave) features live music, folkloric dancing, activities for children, an official ceremony with representatives of Mexico, Guatemala and other Central American countries, and the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias. TBA
Kids Take Over The Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a colorful sugar skull project and other unique crafts to celebrate Día de los Muertos. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-noon.
FREE Fiestas de las Americas in the Historic Capitol Hill District (3019 SW 25th St) features a celebration of Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage with the Parade of the Americas, family activities and live entertainment. Noon – 8 p.m.
FREE Hispanic Fiesta at Scissortail Park (14th & Robinson Ave) features a celebration of the Hispanic culture representing multiple countries through music, dance, food and vendor showcase. 5-10 p.m.
Events happening later in the year:
Todos Somos Americanos. We Are All Americans. at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a celebration of the rich and varied cultures of North, South and Central America. Enjoy musical performances and dance from local cultural groups representing countries of origin from all over the Americas. Then, embark on a self-exploration of the Museum galleries and discover the vast diversity of the American West. Free with admission. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Festival de Vida y Muerte – Day of the Dead Celebration at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features vendors, music, ofrendas and dancing. Free to attend. Noon-8 p.m.
Curiousiday: Día de los Muertos para los Animales at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman). Learn all about Día de los Muertos with a celebration of life that is no longer with us, such as the animals who are no longer with us due to extinction. All activities are bilingual in both English and Spanish. Free with admission. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
For even more family fun things to do, check out our searchable calendar filled with events and activities every day of the week.