Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th – October 15th, and it is a time in which we celebrate the rich culture and contributions of those of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, and Central and South American heritage. September 15th marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month because it coincides with the Independence Day of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). Although Hispanic Heritage Month began as a nationally recognized weeklong celebration in 1968, it was extended to thirty days by President Ronald Reagan.
Wallethub ranked Arlington as 2018’s 10th most diverse city in America, and 29% of Arlington’s population is Hispanic or Latino. Various events in Arlington will celebrate our Hispanic and Latino community during Hispanic Heritage Month, including the Festival of Latin American Dances and Dinner. The Festival of Latin American Dances and Dinner coincides with el Día de la Raza and will be held Saturday, October 12th, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Bob Duncan Center.
The Festival of Latin American Dances and Dinner is a benefit that will be raising funds towards scholarships for local Hispanic high school students that will be attending Tarrant County College or the University of Texas at Arlington. The festival will feature music and folk dances from countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru. Attending is a great way to support the community while having a fun and immersive cultural experience. To learn more about his event, click here.
The Chamber offers opportunities to engage and support the Hispanic and Latino community through the Latino Business Group. The Latino Business Group is a business building resource of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, connecting the Latino business community to unique relationships through education, professional development, awareness, influence, and engagement. To learn more about the Latino Business Group, click here.