By Laura Catherine Hermoza
Hispanic Heritage Month observations started in the 1960s under President Lyndon Johnson. Later in 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the occasion into its current 30-day expanse, which officially runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The significance for these dates is that they coincide with independence days and anniversaries for several Latin American countries. Around the greater Baltimore area, you will find a host of events taking place in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and here’s your ultimate guide to what’s going on.
Latin American Film Festival
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Date: Sept. 14 through Oct. 4, 2017
Every autumn, the AFI Silver Theater recognizes the contributions of Hispanic filmmakers with its Annual Latin American Film Festival. During the festival’s run, the theater pays tribute by showing a series of selected films by Hispanic filmmakers and/or portraying cultural life from various Spanish-speaking nations around the Americas. The festival also recognizes the contributions of filmmakers from Spain and Portugal as well. This year’s occasion marks the 28th year for this ongoing tradition.
Prince George County’s Hispanic Festival
Lane Manor Park
7601 West Park Drive
Adelphi, MD 20783
Date: Sept. 17, 2017 at 11 a.m.
The annual Hispanic Festival in Prince George’s County is a community tradition dating back to 1980. Held on the 40-acre grounds comprising of Lake Manor Park, the festival grows bigger every year, attracting somewhere between 10,000 to 15,000 visitors from around the state as well as from neighboring D.C. and Virginia. Come and enjoy live entertainment, onsite vendors, delicious food and plenty of carnival rides and games. Other activities include face painting, pony rides and plenty of other diversions for all ages to enjoy.
LPN Night At Camden Yards
333 W. Camden St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Date: Sept. 22, 2017 at 7:05 p.m.
The Latino Providers Network, in its ongoing mission to advocate and assist the Latino community in a range of ways, presents many continuous events seasonally. One such happening on Sept. 22 is a special Camden Yards outing. Also serving as a fundraiser for a future scholarship fund the organization hopes to establish, you are invited to share in a night of a good old ball game as you watch the Baltimore Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Latino Festival Of Frederick
Frederick Indoor Sports Center
1845 Brookfield Court
Frederick, MD 21701
Date: Sept. 24, 2017 at 12 p.m.
For an event that’s both fun and educational, head to Frederick for the 12th Annual Latino Festival, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24. Come and explore the diverse Latino and Hispanic cultures of the Americas through a whole host of ongoing activities and events throughout the day. In addition to the festival, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., there will also be a special soccer tournament taking place onsite between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year’s event will be held at the Frederick Indoor Sports Center.
Annual Community Service Awards
Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Hall
600 South Conkling St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
Date: Sept. 25, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Another event made possible by the Latino Providers Network is the 2017 installment of the Annual Community Service Awards. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this annual event recognizes of the achievements of exemplary men and women actively making a difference in the Latino community. This year’s event will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Hall in Baltimore. A luncheon will also be served during the awards ceremony.