Hispanic Heritage Month in Houston
The Houston area is home to the nation’s fourth-largest Hispanic/Latino population. Residents with a heritage linked to Mexico, Central and South America make up some 38 percent of the area’s residents and have made important contributions to the diverse culinary and cultural tapestry of Bayou City.
From September 15 to October 15, Houston along with the rest of the country celebrates the achievements and contributions of the Hispanic community. Here we’ll help you explore Hispanic arts, cuisines and cultural institutions that make Houston unique.
Houston’s diverse dining scene allows visitors and locals to journey across Latin America through its cuisine. From Mexican to Venezuelan, Peruvian to Honduran, the city has many restaurants where you can celebrate its residents’ Hispanic roots. Try Gusto Gourmet in Montrose for tasty Venezuelan arepas, Argentina Café for Argentine empanadas, and Perú Cafe Express for lomo saltado, ceviche, and other Peruvian dishes. The options for Mexican food are endless with local must-try spots like Chef Hugo Ortega’s restaurants: Hugo’s, Xochi, Caracol, and his recently opened Mexican street food establishment called Urbe. There’s much to explore! See more Houston Central and South American restaurants and Mexican restaurants.
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Many Latino artists call Houston home (just take a look at MantecaHTX for a directory) and that means that Houstonians can experience Latin American art in various forms – from the colorful murals that dot the city’s landscape to established collections like the Museum of Fine Arts’ impressive collection of Latin American Art. The museum’s collection has upwards of 2,000 pieces by Latino artists. You’ll also find the works of Latin American artists at various local art galleries, such as Sicardi Ayers Bacino Gallery. Check out our Q&A with some of Houston's Hispanic Artists.
Music, Dance & Theater
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Houston is home to the Houston Latin American Philharmonic, a professional orchestra devoted to promoting and elevating Latin American music. The ensemble hosts a Viva Latin America concert in October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In October, Gente de Teatro, a Hispanic theater performance group, will present Toc Toc de Laurent Baffie at MATCH.
Taking a look at the Miller Outdoor Theatre calendar for September and October is also a good idea if you want to enjoy the rhythms of Latin America in Houston. From the famous “El Grito” celebration of Mexican independence to Latin jazz with Pedrito Martinez to Danza Azteca to an El Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Heritage Day) concert sponsored by the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, there is plenty to choose from – and the performances are free.
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Greater East End
Greater East End is a culturally diverse residential area known for its thriving arts scene, with indie galleries, large-scale murals, and Latino music and dance at MECA at Talento Bilingue de Houston arts center. Mexican eateries line Navigation Boulevard, where a central esplanade also hosts festivals and a farmers’ market. Want a guided exploration? The Heritage Society will be hosting National Hispanic Heritage Month Bus Tours on Oct. 2 and Oct. 12, 2021, where you can explore the East End’s history and culture.
Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston
From classes to art exhibits to culinary pop-ups, the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston hosts a variety of events throughout the year to promote Hispanic culture.
Casa Argentina de Houston
CAH has offered and supported countless music concerts, cinemas, theaters, tango concerts, historical celebrations of Argentine culture, sporting events, and parties in and around the city of Houston.