9 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Buffalo

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Buffalo is a surprising, some might say unexpected, place to celebrate Hispanic culture. From the waterfront, deep into the West Side and all throughout the region, visitors can experience the music, history, artistry, and food of Buffalo’s proud Hispanic community. A melting pot of folks from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and several other countries, all walks of life come together to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15.

This year the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York has pulled out all the stops to make this year’s festivities the best ever. So put on your dancing shoes, get your cameras ready and loosen up your belts for these tremendous events taking place over the course of the next 30 days:

A mural by Puerto Rican artist, Betsy Casanas

Buffalo Public School Family Art Night & Niagara Street Mural Unveiling
Friday (9/14) from 4:30p – 7:30p, 448 Niagara Street, Buffalo
Celebrate the newest mural on Niagara Street with a community dedication, along with music and arts activities for children of all ages.

Cooking with Sabor at The Buffalo Museum of Science
Sunday (9/16) from 11:00a – 3:00p, Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo
Learn some simple Latino cooking skills that will make you look like a pro. Then take a family stroll through the various science exhibits at the museum.

The BPO & HHC Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Bomba y Plena with Tamboricua / El Batey
Friday (9/21) from 6:30p – 11:00p, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
A night of music and dancing in all genres: watch professional dancers Fanny & Calvin interpret the orchestral musical serenade performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra along with Puerto Rican musicians El Batey and Tamboricua go from Bomba to Plena. The night is capped with an after-party hosted by DJ Vertigo and DJ Milk. Dance until you can’t move!

Hispanic Veterans Memorial – Photo by Hector M. Pagan

Bombazo at the Naval Park with Tamboricua / El Batey
Sunday (9/23) from 1:00p – 4:00p, Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo
Practice your Bomba and Plena dance moves with a visiting dance troupe right on USS Little Rock at Buffalo’s majestic waterfront. Discover the history of Buffalo’s Hispanic veterans and their stories as the HHC honors the many accomplishments of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Buffalo History Museum Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
Sunday (9/30) from 11:00a – 3:00p, Buffalo History Museum, One Museum Court, Buffalo
Explore the importance of Latinos in Buffalo from the past to the present with the Hispanic heritage history display. Visitors can then create their artifacts that celebrate their own history through a guided art activity.

Albright Knox Art Gallery Celebrates a Latinx First Friday
Friday (10/5) from 10:00a – 10:00p, Albright Knox Art Gallery, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
Enter the prestigious Albright Knox and wander the halls for free while viewing the art of several Hispanic artists: Pasos Gigantes; Artistas y La Década de 1960 & a Spanish-Speaking Tour of Giant Steps – Artists and the 1960s

Avenida San Juan – Photo by Hector M. Pagan

Botanical Garden Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Monday (10/8) from 10:00a – 4:00p, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo
Discover the bounty of flowers from Latin American countries right here in the City of Buffalo. See if you can find them all in a scavenger hunt created just for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Salsa for a Cure Amateur Dance Competition: A Benefit for Roswell Park
Friday (10/12) from 7:00p – 11:00p, Pucho Olivencia Social Club, 261 Swan Street, Buffalo
Get your tickets early, don your best all red attire and unleash your best moves at this festive dance competition.

Isaías González-Soto Branch Library Inauguration
Monday (10/15) at 5:00p, Isaias Gonzalez-Soto Branch Library, 280 Porter Avenue, Buffalo
A fitting end to a month-long celebration, the Hispanic Heritage Council closes Hispanic Heritage Month with a dedication to local this powerful local legend.

For more information on Buffalo’s robust and diverse Hispanic heritage visit: Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY