Join the fiesta at these 11 Hispanic Heritage Month events in Austin
September may mark the end of summer fun for many, but for Latinos in the U.S., it’s the beginning of a month-long celebration of culture, food, and traditions.
National Hispanic Heritage Month was signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson — it was only a week back then — as a way to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanics/Latinos in the United States. It's observed every year from September 15 to October 15, giving local organizations a wide window to plan events.
The dates also coincide with a few Latin American countries’ independence day from Spain — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15; Mexico on September 16; and Chile on September 18 — making it an even more significant time for all the festivities.
There are many ways for everyone to celebrate here in Austin from food festivals, to live performances, family-friendly events, and traditional food and drink specials. (Even a trip to San Antonio might be in order.) And because we all love a good fiesta, we put together this list of events so you, too, can join in the fun.
Fonda San Miguel: Various events
All month of September
Fonda San Miguel’s all-month-long culinary celebration includes drink specials inspired by Mexican personalities such as beloved entertainer Cantinflas; a Fiesta De Moles featuring two traditional moles every week; and on September 16, a live performance by Mariachi Cielo Azul to celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain. Reserve on Resy.
El Naranjo: Special menu
All month of September
El Naranjo’s seasonal menu honors Mexico’s Independence Day with traditional flavors and dishes such as Kibi, a Yucatecan street food staple inspired by guest Chef Christian Bravo. The main course features Chile en Nogada and for dessert, a beautiful Tri-Color Panna Cotta showcasing the colors of the Mexican flag. Reserve on OpenTable.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Special burger and shake
September 6 to October 3
Hopdoddy joins the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with the release of the Birria Burger, its spin on a birria taco, with house-made chorizo, Oaxacan cheese, and a side of consumé for dipping. The shake of the month is a churro flavored (available while supplies last) in collaboration with Texas-local, Siete Foods. For more information visit hopdoddy.com.
Meanwhile Brewing: Birth Comadres Fundraiser
To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, Meanwhile Brewing will donate $1 of every Meanwhile Pilsner sold to Birth Comadres Doula Collective, an organization empowering the birthing experience and perinatal period in Central Texas. Members of the collective will be onsite that day from 6-8 pm to share more about their work. RSVP at birthcomadres.com.
ESB MACC: Viva Mexico!
If you’re looking for a free, family-friendly event, come celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day at the Oswaldo Cantu Pan Am Recreation Center and Neighborhood Park. There will be live performances by Mariachi Corazon de Texas and Ballet Folklórico de Austin among others, plus food trucks and an artisanal market. Join the festivities from 5-9 pm, for more information visit austintexas.gov.
BookPeople: Storytime, talks, and more
A full day of bookish activities awaits at BookPeople’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration event. Things kick off at 10:30 am with El Niño y El Cuento storytime, and return later in the afternoon a book talk with authors who contributed to Dining with Dead: A Feast for the Souls on Day of the Dead. The latter will include sugar skull decorating, aquas frescas, and a Hispanic Heritage-themed "Blind Date with a Book." Free to the public. For more information visit bookpeople.com.
Sazón Latin Food Festival
Celebrate the flavors of Latin America with food, drinks, and music during the Sazón Latin Food Festival. More than 20 food vendors will be representing the Caribbean, and South and Central America with an array of traditional dishes and flavors. The weekend-long festival is a free and family-friendly event, but reservations are encouraged due to limited space. Reserve on Eventbrite.
The Gallery ATX: "Como La Flor: Blossoming Identities Through Trans Latina Cinema”
The Gallery ATX is hosting "Como La Flor: Blossoming Identities Through Trans Latina Cinema,” a film festival honoring trans Latina cinema. The four films — GIRLS LIKE US, Te Extraño, Portals, and The Transition — explore themes of identity, resilience, and transformation, and will start with a pre-screening social. The event will take place at Moontower Cider Co. from 6-9 pm. Tickets for the festival ($8-$20) can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Pease Park Conservancy: Bilingual conservation walk
Pease Park Conservancy is putting together a bilingual conservation walk through the hillside trails at Pease Park to celebrate the community and learn about conservation efforts, while identifying native and invasive species. The walk begins at Terrace of the Tudor Cottage in Kingsbury Commons at 9:30 am. This event is free to the public. For more information visit peasepark.org.
Anniversary screening: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez
The French Legation joined efforts with Benson Latin American Collection and LAVA Los Angeles to bring a special 40th anniversary screening of the Chicano film The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. The story is based on the Mexican-American folk hero who evaded a manhunt led by Texas Rangers before returning to East Austin. Gates opens at 6:30 pm. Reserve tickets (free) on Eventbrite.
The Crafty Adult: "The Art of Alebrijes"
Learn about Mexican artist Pedro Linares Lopes and the folk-mythic art of Alebrijes, a term coined and popularized by the artist, while painting sculptures inspired by the bright and colorful mythical creatures. This event by the Austin Public Library is free to the public and will be held at the Windsor Park Branch from 11 am to 1 pm. For more information visit library.austintexas.gov.