Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Houston Area

Posted on September 15, 2021 by Hector Beltran under Community Happenings, Resources
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At Morales Funeral Home, it’s an honor to celebrate and pay tribute to our Hispanic partners and neighbors, commemorating all our community’s diverse cultural and religious traditions.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. The observation of this holiday began in 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded this observance to 30 days. It was officially enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.

You may be wondering … why Sept. 15? Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence anniversary on Sept. 16, with Chile celebrates on Sept. 18.

Whether you’d like to celebrate the heritage of your family’s legacy or if you come from a different culture and want to support and encourage our Hispanic neighbors in the Houston Area, there are many ways you can participate.

Note: Before attending any in-person events or visiting a merchant, please be sure to check the organization’s website or call ahead, as circumstances are constantly changing due to COVID-19, along with the requirements for entry into establishments.

  • Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict at Holocaust Museum Houston | On view through Wednesday, October 17 – The Museum’s first juried exhibition brings together 100 multi-media artworks of Houston Latinx artists that explore themes of social justice and human rights. Specific focuses include border relations, gender roles, domestic violence, the immigrant experience, and social and political turmoil. Included with general admission: $19; $15 for ages 65 and older; free for ages 18 and under. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday noon to 5pm.
  • 2021 Leagues Cup Semifinal: León vs. UNAM Pumas at BBVA Stadium | Wednesday, September 15 – This tournament that pits squads from MLS against Liga MX brings its semifinal to Houston, where two storied clubs of Mexican soccer will face off with a trip to the cup final on the line. Tickets range from $20 to more than $100, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 6pm.
  • El Grito, featuring Cambalache at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Wednesday, September 15 | FREE | Virtual Option – The annual Grito ceremony returns to the Hermann Park stage with Cambalache, a Chicano-Jarocho group from East Los Angeles that reflects the heritage and culture of Mexico through participatory performances of music and dance. This performance can also be viewed online via livestream. 7:30pm.
  • Fiestas Patrias at Telomarket | Friday, September 17 | FREE – In Greater Fifth Ward, the grocery store on Lyons Avenue carves out some space for a Fiestas Patrias celebration that features free food, folkloric dance performances, music and raffle prizes. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Houston Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park | Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19 – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the ballpark, with special giveaways that include a Jose Altuve replica jersey and a Yordan Alvarez bobblehead, plus Friday night fireworks, special performances, and more. Tickets range from around $15 to more than $175, but you may find better or cheaper seats on the TicketNetwork marketplaceTimes vary.
  • Sonia Flew at MECA @ Talento Bilingue de Houston | Friday, September 17 & Sunday, September 19 – Honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11, this family drama explores themes of patriotism and love through the eyes of Sonia, a Cuban immigrant living in Minneapolis with her Jewish husband and two children. When her son wants to enlist in the military after the 9/11 attacks, Sonia’s memories of fleeing war-torn Cuba are triggered and the family must come to grips with war and politics. Tickets are $20. 7:30pm both nights.
  • Pedrito Martinez Group at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 17 | FREE | Virtual Option – Cuban jazz percussionist Pedrito Martinez arrives with his group to perform his award-winning style of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz that will have the crowd grooving from the covered seats back to the lawn. This performance will also be livestreamed. 8pm.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta at Downtown Central Library | Saturday, September 18 | FREE – Head to the brand new Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza at the Downtown Central Library for an afternoon fiesta that celebrates rich heritage and cultural traditions through dance performances, crafts, Latin dance classes, bilingual storytimes, and more. 11am to 2pm.
  • Hispanic Heritage Festival at Central Green Park | Saturday, September 18 | FREE – In LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, the community of Katy and surrounding areas are welcome to come out for this outdoors celebration of Hispanic music and art from across the region’s Latin American countries. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Dynamo FC vs. FC Dallas at BBVA Stadium | Saturday, September 18 – This Texas rivalry gets one more match this season and it comes on Hispanic Heritage Night, as the Dynamo look to avenge a late 2-2 draw at home from August. Tickets range from $20 to over $100, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7:30pm.
  • Los Bukis at NRG Stadium | Saturday, September 18 – After 25 years, the Mexican Grupera band led by Marco Antonio Solís has returned to touring, releasing a re-recording of their smash hit “Tú Cárcel” and promising many of their beloved songs at a highly anticipated concert at NRG Stadium. Tickets range from $59 to more than $750, but you may find better or cheaper tickets using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • VryLatin: A Latin Music Experience at Warehouse Live | Saturday, September 18 – Out of Dallas, DJ Vrywvy brings all the hits in a one-of-a-kind set that highlights the history of Latin music, including songs by Bad Bunny, J Balvin and more, with VryLatin. Tickets range from $20 to $30. 10pm.
  • Houston Dash vs. Tigres UANL Femenil at BBVA Stadium | Sunday, September 19 – In international friendly action, the Dash will host Tigres UANL from Liga MX Femenil for a cross-country clash in EaDo. Tickets start at $18, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 6pm.
  • Houston Public Library presents Q&A with Author Sandra Cisneros | Wednesday, September 22 | FREE | Virtual – With the release of her latest novel, Martita, Te Recuerdo (Martita, I Remember You), the celebrated American author Sandra Cisernos will visit with journalist Macarena Hernandez for a virtual Q&A session that also focuses on her classic Chicano novel from 1984, The House on Mango Street. Registration required. 6pm.
  • Hispanic Heritage Market at Regent Square | Friday, September 24 | No Cover – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at this market featuring specialty jewelry and accessories, artwork, candles, apothecary, culinary goodies and more. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary DIY papel picados art kit. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Alejandro Fernández at Smart Financial Centre | Friday, September 24 – The multiple Grammy–winning Mexican mariachi singer is hitting the road to tour his latest album, Hecho en México, which has already produced four straight No. 1 singles. Tickets range from $20 to $200.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 9pm.
  • Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 25 | FREE | Virtual Option – This fully staged theatrical production features a cast of over 50, made up of artists from Houston and around the world, in a program that incorporates salsa hits and world premiere performances. This production will also be livestreamed online. Free tickets for covered seating will be available on Thursday, September 23. 8pm.
  • Marisela in Concert at Arena Theatre | Saturday, September 25 – The chart-topping American-Mexican singer returns to touring, with a stop at Southwest Houston’s venue for an evening of her hits, including 1987’s “Tu Dama de Hierro”, for which her tour is named after. Tickets range from $40 to more than $115, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Houston Latin Fest 2021 at Midtown Park | Sunday, September 26 – Para todos los Latinos, this event brings together culture, music, art, cuisine and more from the North, Central, and South America regions—plus the Caribbean—for a rich Latin experience. Enjoy live concerts, local vendors, tasty bites, and more with family and friends. Advance tickets start at $10 and include a complimentary Old Parr drink; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.
  • Danza Azteca Splendor! at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Wednesday, September 29 | FREE – The Calmecac Indigenous Organization takes to the stage to perform traditional Aztec dancing based on pre-Columbian traditions of the Nahuatl-speaking Teotihuacanos/Mexica and other indigenous nations of central Mexico, including the Otomo/Chichimeca nations of Queretaro. Through this exploration of Aztec history, philosophy, language, culture and foods, audience members can gain a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. 11am.
  • Citizen Illegal: An Evening with Poet José Olivarez at Holocaust Museum Houston | Thursday, September 30 | FREE – The son of Mexican immigrants, Poet José Olivarez with join HMH for a special reading from his critically acclaimed debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal. 6pm.

We hope you find the information in this blog helpful to your family. At Morales Funeral Home, we love being part of a city rich in diversity. We wish everyone a happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Click here to read our blog about Mexican Traditions in Life and Death.

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