5 Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

5 Family-Friendly Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month. According to The Library of Congress, “this observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.” Further it was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 to celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”

There are many ways that you and your families can celebrate this cultural awareness month here in Orange County and build a better awareness and respect for members of this community who identified as Hispanic, Latino, Latina, or Latinx.


Here are 5 family-friendly ways to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month:


#1 – Get Involved

I’m honored to sit on the board of directors for Orange County Human Relations. This nonprofit is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year in a variety of ways to improve racial and cultural relations in our county. Now would be a great year to learn more about the organization and attend one of the upcoming events, including ones for children and young adults, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.


#2 – Visit a Museum

Pretend City is hosting a three themed events in October where they will join local partners to, “come share about their culture through stories, art, dance, and music.”

The Bowers Museum is hosting a Dia de los Muertos event in November. Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a day to celebrate family members and friends who are no longer living.


#3 – Plan Movie Nights

Cable and streaming providers like Cox Communications, Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and others all have special curated content to celebrate the culture and people of this themed month. We’ve been watching COCO for a week now on Disney+. Next up on our list is the new CINDERELLA adaption on Amazon Prime starting Camila Cabello.


#4 – Enjoy Art

Main Place Mall in Santa Ana is hosting an event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 17. They will have live musicians, mariachi band, folklorico dancers performing.


#5 – Learn More

For more ideas and information about what this month represents and how it can be celebrated, check out these related posts from our sister sites across the country!


How are you celebrating this special time with your family or learning more about it? Let us know in the comments below!

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A Colorado native living in Southern California for more than 20 years, Charla is a trained print journalist (Bachelor of Arts, Literary Journalism from UCI) with an MBA in Marketing. Her passion for communications, creativity and community guides her professional and personal life activities. Currently, she is Communications Specialist for Cox Communications. She is responsible for external communications and public relations in Orange County, Palos Verdes and Santa Barbara. As a volunteer, Charla is first Black President of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Orange County chapter where she has served on the board of directors for five years and Director of Communications for the UCI Black Alumni Chapter, which is also a board of directors position. In her downtime she likes to dance, practice pilates, walk and listen to music outside, do home improvement projects, read mainly nonfiction books, and hang out with her family and friends. She considers herself a pro power napper as well. Charla resides in Irvine with her husband Robert, stepson Robbie, and daughter Harper.


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