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.
Aug. 24-Sept. 29
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.
Kids Take Over The Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features musical and dance performances from local cultural groups representing countries of origin from all over the Americas. Create musical crafts, explore the Museum galleries and discover the vast diversity of the American West. Free with admission, while supplies last. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
FREE Fiestas Patrias OKC at Oklahoma City Community College (7777 S May Ave) features food, live music, folkloric dancing, activities for families and children, official patrimony ceremonies and the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias. 1-10 p.m.
FREE Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers at the Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St) features a performance by Yúmare Mexican Folkloric Dancers with songs and dances about Mexico’s diverse culture. 3-4 p.m. m
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. 11 a.m.-9 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. 4-9 p.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.
For even more family fun things to do, check out our searchable calendar filled with events and activities every day of the week.