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7 ways to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

photo courtesy of Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill

by Lindsay Cuomo

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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.

Editor’s Note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the following events and venues may have adjusted their hours, programming or safety protocols. Please check with each venue directly to verify. We encourage our readers to enjoy family fun responsibly. When around others, wear a mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces, remain socially distant, wash your hands often and stay home if you or a member of your household is feeling ill. Find more information about the coronavirus pandemic in Oklahoma at oklahoma.gov/covid19. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine clinic locations, visit vaxokc.com

Sept. 12

FREE Fiestas Patrias OKC at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) 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. 1-10:30 p.m.

Sept. 14-18

FREE Mayan Art Exhibit and the Guatemalan Cultural Celebration at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features original art from four Mayan artists. The exhibit will culminate with a FREE Guatemalan Cultural Celebration beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18. Attendees can enjoy Guatemalan food from Pollo Campero and Guatemalan dance groups, in addition to the art. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sept. 14 – Dec. 6

Guatemalan Textiles: Heart of the Maya World at the Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features a selection of traditional clothing (traje, atz’yeqb’al) from the varied regions of Guatemala. This exhibition was produced in partnership with the Office of the Guatemalan Consulate General in Oklahoma City. Free with admission. Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Sept. 21

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.

Oct. 2

Kids Take Over The Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a celebration of Día de los Muertos. Contribute to a communal ofrenda, create a colorful sugar skull mask and enjoy other unique crafts to celebrate this holiday tradition. Best suited for ages 4-12. 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.

Oct. 23

Sugar Skull Making Workshop at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn recipes for icing and sugar skulls. No experience needed. Preregister. $25. 8-11 a.m.

For even more family fun things to do, check out our searchable calendar filled with events and activities every day of the week. 

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