Hispanic Heritage Month is held every year starting September 15th to October 15th. This month is a great opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Albuquerque’s rich Hispanic roots and the long-standing contributions of Hispanic settlers to the history and culture of the city and state.
Hispanic Heritage Month began with one week of commemoration first introduced in 1968, and was later extended to a month in 1988. The month-long celebration begins in mid-September because that is when many Latin American countries declared independence from Spain. The celebration ends in mid-October when many Latin American countries honor Día de la Raza, which honors the indigenous people of the Americas on the day that used to be recognized as Columbus Day. There are over thirty events happening across the metro in celebration of this month, below is a listing of events curated by the Hispanic Heritage Committee.
El Grito Mexican Independence
This event will be held on Friday, September 16th at 5:45pm at the NM State Fairgrounds in Villa Hispana. This day-long event will feature performances including a special performance by Baila-Baila sponsored by the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity & Inclusion.
Early Childhood Bilingual Storytime: Don Gato
This interactive story time will be held on Tuesday, September 20th at 10am at the National Hispanic Culture Center. This event is for children ages 3 to 5 and caregivers. This is a free event.
¡Globalquerque!: International Cinema Series: The Earth Is Blue as an Orange
This film series will be held Wednesday, September 21st at 7pm at the National Hispanic Culture Center. This is a free event, for tickets click here.
¡Globalquerque!: Free Global Headphone Dance Party + Concert
This event will be held on Thursday, September 22nd at 6pm at the National Hispanic Culture Center. This is a free event for tickets click here.
Heart of Corrales Fiesta Harvest Festival
This event will be held Saturday, September 24th to Sunday, September 25th from 10am – 4pm daily. Casa San Ysidro will host a variety of activities including music and heritage craft demonstrations from traditional artists all across New Mexico. This is a free event.
¡Cine Magnifico! & ¡Globalquerque!: ¡NYICFF Kid Flicks!
This event will be held Saturday, September 24th at the National Hispanic Culture Center. This is a free community event that celebrates the best Spanish-language short films from around the globe.
Hispano Chamber September Biz Gratis – Meet the Ambassador Day – Networking Event
This event will be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 4pm to 7:30pm at the Hispano Chamber Courtyard. To register for this event, click here.
Film: Bless Me, Ultima
This film screening will be held on Friday, September 30th at the National Hispanic Culture Center. This is a free event, click here for tickets.
Loteria (Bingo) – A Night of Games & Community Building!
This event will be held Monday, October 3rd from 6pm to 8:30pm. This event is held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and is sponsored by Sponsored by the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA Chapter – UNM SOM) and the UNM Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UNM SOM and HSC Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Click here to register.
Taking Care of the Next Generation of Latina/o Adolescents
This event will be held Tuesday, October 4th at 12pm virtually via Zoom. Please register for the link and passcode here. This event is sponsored by the UNM Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Medicine.
History of Latina/o/x/e, Hispanic, or of Spanish Origin+ identified Physician Presence, Activism, and Leadership in the Southwest Region
This event will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 6th at 6pm. Please register for the link and passcode here. This event is sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine and National Center for LMSA Leadership and Advancement.
Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine Approaches in the Hispanic World for Times of Stress and Anxiety
This event will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, October 12th at 12pm. This conversation will discuss the current interest and the future of combining traditional medicine with modern allopathic medicine as has been done in Mexico and other cultures. To register for this event, click here.
Los Primeros
This event will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, October 14th at noon. This is an annual opportunity to recognize the first Latina/o/x/e, Hispanic, or of Spanish Origin-identified individuals to serve in various leadership positions at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Click here to register for this event.
Fronteras del Futuro Catalog Release Party
This event will be held Saturday, October 15th at the National Hispanic Culture Center. Celebrate the release of the catalog for the unique exhibition Fronteras del Futuro: Art in New Mexico and Beyond. Mix and mingle with artists featured in the exhibition, and get your catalog signed while you enjoy the artworks and refreshments. This is a free community event, click here to register.
ABQ CiQlovia 2022
This event will be held Sunday, October 16th from 10am – 2pm. This is a free event. For more information please click here

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