New Orleans is a true melting pot of global culture, and the Hispanic community is a major part. Join the celebration at these great activities during Hispanic Heritage Month, running from September 15 through October 15.
What Is Hispanic Heritage Month?
President Lyndon Johnson first designated Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 to recognize the cultures and contributions of Americans with ancestors from the Caribbean, Spain, Mexico and Central and South America. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the celebration to one month.
Art has long been a vital part of Hispanic culture. This is the first gallery show in the state featuring Daniel Lopez, an up-and-coming local artist who hails from Cuba. Lopez has a mission to interact with the community through his art and its themes of human struggle and triumph. The exhibition runs through October 10, and gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
2. Johnny Sánchez 930 Poydras St, New Orleans 504.304.6615 32.5 miles from Springs at Fremaux Town Center
Traditional meets modern at Johnny Sánchez, a vibrant Mexican restaurant from celebrity chef (and recent New Orleans transplant) Aarón Sanchez. The menu features authentic Mexican food with a cutting-edge twist, like tacos with unusual fillings such as cauliflower and oysters. Don't miss the weekday Happy Hours from 2 – 6 p.m. for $2 tacos and half-off all drinks. Johnny Sánchez is open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily with extended hours until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Do shows like Dancing with the Stars make you want to shake your tail feathers? Head upstairs at Dragon's Den, where every Friday night is a Latin dance party. The historic and reputedly haunted building, more than 100 years old, adds to the ambiance. Hours are 10 p.m. – 3 a.m. and there's no cover charge.
4. Que Pasa Fest 2017 Lafreniere Park 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie 504.838.4389 38.3 miles from Springs at River Chase
Get fully immersed in Latino culture at Que Pasa Fest 2017, a wide-ranging arts and entertainment celebration that's a feast for the senses. The highlight is Family Weekend, taking place October 6–7 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Admission is free and attractions include food, live music, soccer and kids' activities. Visit the website for full schedule and locations.
5. Celebración Latina Audubon Zoo 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans 504.861.2537 40.3 miles from Springs at River Chase
This day-long family-friendly celebration is taking place at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field. Activities include live music, kids' activities, food stands and educational booths. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on October 15. Admission is $22.95 for adults and $17.95 for kids between 2 and 12 years old.
Let us know how you'll be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!