By Laura Catherine Hermoza
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The significance for this month-long time frame is that it coincides with independence day celebrations and anniversaries for many Latin American nations as well as Mexico and Chile. Columbus Day, which is observed on Oct. 12, also falls within this significant time. Washington, D.C. is the site for numerous events and celebrations being held in honor of the occasion. So if you’re looking for ways to celebrate, here’s your guide.
CHCI 40th Anniversary Gala Awards
Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Date: Sept. 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations start two days early with the CHCI 40th Anniversary Gala Awards. This event, which celebrates and honors distinguished exemplary members of the Hispanic community, is one of the largest in the nation. The schedule includes a reception followed by the administration of the Medallion of Excellence Awards, and then an entertainment finale with live performances. There is also a post-gala celebration open to the first 500 guests with gala tickets.
30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards
513 13th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
Date: Sept. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Likewise, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation will hold its 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards bestowment on Sept. 14. The event will take place at D.C.’s Warner Theatre, honoring the achievements and contributions of various individuals who display leadership and stand out as paradigms within the Hispanic community. In addition to recognizing new recipients, the event will also welcome back and honor past prestigious honorees as well. In addition to the awards presentation the evening will also include an Honorees Dinner, Youth Leadership Summit and a lively after party event.
Fiesta DC Parade
Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. between 3rd and 7th Streets
Washington DC 20006
Date: Sept. 16, 2017 at 1 p.m.
If you love a parade you won’t want to miss day one of Fiesta DC. Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, a profuse parade of different Hispanic nations will lead in a cultural procession down Pennsylvania Ave. Enjoy the diverse sights and sounds of music, dancing and other antics and a rich display of international heritage. Festivities will continue on until 5 p.m.
Fiesta DC Festival
Constitution Avenue N.W. between 7th and 14th Streets
Washington, DC 20002
Date: Sept. 17, 2017 at 11 a.m.
Be sure to come back for day two of Fiesta DC, with ongoing cultural festivities taking place throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 7 p.m. Nearly 200,000 people attend this annual event, which has been a D.C. staple now for 45 years. Come out and experience a diverse array of cultural displays, represented by many various Hispanic nations. From live music and dance performances to unique vendors, crafters and delicious food offerings, you won’t want to miss Fiesta DC.
National Museum Of The American Indian
4th Street and Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to visit many themed exhibits and displays from the Smithsonian. One such recommendation can be found at the National Museum of the American Indian. The Great Inka Road: Engineering An Empire, an exhibit on display now through 2020, features a range of collective artifacts and materials showing the innovative technologies, cultural foundations and engineering techniques behind the massive construction of the Inka Road. The Inka Road spans over 20,000 miles through mountains, desserts, tropical lowlands and rivers while crossing through such countries as Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Columbia, Chile and Argentina.