The Hispanic community has played an invaluable role in the history and tradition of Florida. Celebrate their rich culture with these great activities during Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15.
What Is Hispanic Heritage Month?
The annual celebration began in 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson declared observance of Hispanic Heritage Week to commemorate the contributions of Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded the event to one month.
Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
1. Jimmy & Michelle Moore Braden River Library 4915 53rd Ave E, Bradenton 941.727.6079 8.7 miles from Springs at Palma Sola
Enjoy an afternoon of live guitar music from award-winning local musician Jimmy Moore and his wife Michelle. The duo will play a selection of songs from the most prominent Mexican composers of the 20th century. Beverages and light Mexican treats will be served. Showtime is 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, and admission is free.
DeSoto National Memorial commemorates the history of famed conquistador Hernando de Soto, who landed in what is now Tampa Bay in 1539. The Visitor Center features displays of armor, weapons and various Spanish and Native American artifacts and screens the film, Hernando de Soto in America. Outdoor activities include nature trails, swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. Park grounds open at dawn and the parking gate closes at 5 PM. Admission is free.
It's worth the drive for a fun-filled day trip to Clearwater's annual Hispanic Heritage Concert, one of the top Latin music events in the region. Headliners include Puerto Rican singer/songwriter Farruko and popular salsa artist Victor Manuelle. Local food vendors will be on hand selling Latin-inspired favorites. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 15 and tickets start at $25.
4. Rincon Cubano 1756 N Honore Ave, Sarasota 941.706.3472 5.9 miles from Springs at Bee Ridge
Take a trip to Cuba without leaving Southwest Florida when you dine at Rincon Cubano. Customers come from miles around for their traditional Cuban fare, highlighted by the signature lechón asado or roast pork. Cuban music and a casual decor add to the pleasant ambiance. Hours at Rincon Cubano are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
How will you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Let us know in the comments!