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.
FREE National Voter Registration Day Event at Wheeler Ferris Wheel (1701 S Western Ave) features a multi-cultural voter registration event. Attendees can enjoy live music, dance demonstrations from the Native and Latino cultures, food trucks and giveaways. Local political leaders have been invited to speak about voter engagement. Free to attend. 4 – 7 p.m.
Sept. 23, 30 & Oct. 7
FREE Hispanic Heritage Month Dance Series with the Metropolitan Library System (Facebook) features a video series with local instructors. Learn about Latino dances and a few moves to dance along. The program will be on Facebook Live. Wednesdays, 6:30-7 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Oct. 3
FREE Fiestas de las Americas Virtual Tour (online) features a celebration of Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage. Weeklong festivities include a kid’s adventure as well as a diverse lineup of virtual presentations about several Latino countries. See website for complete schedule of events.
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4
FREE DIY Dia de los Muertos Nicho at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St). Create your own Nicho box, or three-dimensional shadowbox frame inspired by the Latin American holiday the Dia de los Muertos. All supplies are included. Kits are available curbside and are first come, first serve.
FREE Hispanic Fiesta at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features live music, dancing, merchandise, and food in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing protocols. 5-10 p.m.
DIY Sugar Skulls at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn recipes for icing and sugar skulls. No experience needed. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6-12. $10. 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.