Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month in the Seattle Area
Last updated: September 13, 2023, at 6:34 p.m. PT
Originally published: September 13, 2023, at 6:34 p.m. PT
September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate the communities, cultures, and contributions of so many people, and there’s no shortage of ways to do that in and around Seattle. Entertainment? Yes! And a great chance to broaden your understanding. In this list of family-friendly events, you’ll find opportunities to meet educators, filmmakers, and artists to learn directly from them.
MEXAM NW Festival
September 8 – October 15
Various times & locations
With events spanning across the Seattle area for the next few weeks, Mexam NW Festival “spotlights the vibrant tapestry of contemporary Hispanic and Mexican-American culture” featuring art, music, talks, parades, games, demos, and more.
Bailemos Juntos – A Y Dance Party
September 15, 2023
Matt Griffin YMCA
Our dance party is open to all, and everyone is welcome. There are no special skills required. The only expectations are to move and have fun!
Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias
September 16 – 1:00 pm-9:00 pm
September 17 – 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Armory Food & Event Hall and Fisher Pavillion, Seattle Center
Cooking demos, mariachi bands, folk dancing, art exhibits, free health screenings, kids’ activities, and more!
Seattle Mariners – Hispanic Heritage Day
T-Mobile Park, Seattle
Discounted tickets to Mariners vs. Dodgers on Sep 17, with $10 from each sale donated to Casa Latina (a local nonprofit that empowers Latino immigrants by increasing access to employment, education, and community organizing)
Hispanic Heritage Month Public Skate
12:30 – 5:15 pm
Kraken Community Iceplex, Northgate, Seattle
Part of the Kraken’s themed public skates series, this one will feature a playlist of Hispanic and Latin artists and educator Amaranta Sandys on site so you can take home a Kraken-themed papel picado (a traditional Mexican decorative craft) and learn about its cultural origins and significance.
Seattle Latino Film Festival
The Beacon Cinema, 4405 Rainier Ave S, Seattle
Now in its 15th year, the Seattle Latino Film Festival brings audiences together with filmmakers for an immersive, educational experience.
Seattle Catrinas Festival
Town Hall, First Hill, Seattle
You're invited to celebrate the Day of the Dead by bringing flowers, candles, and mementos of loved ones to place on the giant altar decorated with flowers, folk art and ofrendas, then explore:
- A street market of local food, face painting, handcrafted art, and more, with Día de los Muertos ambiance music provided by DJ Oscar Cortes.
- A giant altar by the cultural and art department, dedicated to Jews killed during the holocaust
- The Museum of The Unforgettable
- Día de Muertos handmade art exposition by Sofia Castellanos Art
- Over 200 Catrinas, all handmade by Mexican families in Mexico
- World-renowned sculpture artist Mr. Hermes Arroyo’s exposition of giant skulls, handmade and painted, called Seagiantskulls.
- Living statues by artists Monserrat Diaz and Ramon Solano, directly from Mexico City
- A photo gallery exposition from last year’s Seattle Catrinas Festival
- Photo booths with live Catrinas and Catrines, and their famous “Mojigangas” Frida and Pepe
- Kids’ workshops with Memo Plastilina.
- Mexican bingo (“Loteria”) by Memo Plastilina.
- Danza Azteca by Nahui Ollin Tezcatlipocatl.
- Unforgettable” - a two-and-a-half-hour cultural and artistic show at 6:30 pm every day that includes a live Catrinas Procession, Ballet Folklorico Fuego Nuevo from San Jose, CA, and female and male Mariachi Estrella de Mexico directly from Guadalajara, Jalisco.
- A Magic Night, every night of the festival at 9:00 pm