Hispanic Heritage Month in San Diego

iHeartMedia San Diego invites you to celebrate the rich heritage of our region and Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month.  Listen below to traditions shared by fellow San Diegans: Mary Salas, Mayor of Chula Vista; Raoul Martinez of FOX 5 San Diego; David Alvarez, San Diego Councilmember; Georgette Gomez, San Diego Councilmember; Geena the Latina and Chris Martinez of Channel 93.3.

Friday 9/15 at 5pm  /  El Grito, this event will take place at Chicano Park, San Diego 92113

Friday 9/15 from 6:30-9:30pm  /  VIP Hispanic Heritage Month Mixer: Celebrate Hispanic with the San Diego Latino Professionals. Location: Hard Rock Hotel – Float Lounge.

Saturday 9/16 from 12 noon – 4pm  /  Fiestas Patrias (Mexican Independence Day) A festival held in the State Park to commemorate the rich and diverse Mexican culture that was vital in the development of San Diego and California. Music, dancing, games, and activities for the entire family. Location: Old Town State Park, 4002 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110 

Saturday 9/16 from 2-4pm / Who Are We? A discussion on the varying identities of the “Hispanic” community. Location: SDSU Center for Intercultural Relations, Aztec Student Union

 Wednesday 9/27 from 1-2pm  /  “Postcards from Mesoamerica: A Hands-On Experience with Ancient Maya Ceramics”.  Professor Ryan Mongelluzzo will explain what archaeologists can learn about the ancient Maya from pottery. Location: Mesa College STEM Center, LRC 115, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111

Thursday 9/28 at 5pm  /  Vas a College, y Ya te Crees! An authentic discussion on balancing familia, cultura y la escuela!  Location: SDSU Cholula Community Center (next to Chappy Residence Hall).

Thursday 9/28 from 3-5:30pm  /  “Violeta fue a los cielos” (Violeta Went to Heaven)  Violeta fue a los cielos tells the story of famed Chilean artist, folksinger, songwriter, poet, and political activist Violeta Parra. The film features a number of Parra’s songs, and a discussion will follow the screening. Location: San Diego Miramar College, H-105, 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, 92126

Thursday 10/5 from 5-9pm  /  Taste of Old Town: food, drink, fiesta – sample culinary specialties paired with spirits at 12 area restaurants in Old Town. Location: Old Town State Park, 400 Wallace Street, San Diego, CA 92110

Thursday 10/5 from 1:45-4:10pm  /  “Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside)” Based on the real-life story of the former Spanish sailor Ramon Sampedro, this film details a man’s fight for the legal right to end his life almost 30 years after an accident left him a quadriplegic.  Location: San Diego Mesa College, MC 211A, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111

Friday 10/6 from 5-6:30pm /  Inspiring Latin Professionals: Building Better Communities. Location: SDSU Career Services, Student Services East 1200

Tuesday 10/10 from 11:10am - 1:35pm  /  “Bajo la Misma Luna” (Under the Same Moon) This film details a young boy’s journey across the U.S./Mexico border to be reunited with his mother, an undocumented woman working in Los Angeles. Location: San Diego Mesa College, MC 211A, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111

Thursday 10/12 from 12 noon - 2pm  /  Student Poster Session: “Latino/a Leaders in the U.S.”  Mesa College Spanish 215 students will be on hand for poster presentations in English and Spanish that highlight U.S. Latino/a leaders. Location: San Diego Mesa College, LRC Lobby, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111

Thursday 10/12 from 11am - 12 noon  /  Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration with Tim Hernandez.  A 1948 plane crash in California took the lives of 32 passengers, including 28 Mexican farm workers being deported by the U.S. government. Tim Hernandez, author of All They Will Call You, creates a narrative that delivers portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate on this frigid January morning. Location: San Diego Mesa College, G101, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111

Sunday 10/15 from 5-7pm  /  Border Towns: Trans National Policies: A presentation on how the U.S. affects Latin American countries, specifically our border towns.  Location: SDSU Templo Mayor Student Union

Monday 10/23 from 11:30am-1pm  /  Join the San Diego County Latino Association (SDCLA) as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We will be serving delicious free food and showcasing some great entertainment.  Location: San Diego County Operation Center, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA92123

October 19 – November 2  / Sherman Heights Dia de los Muertos: Embrace Mexican culture during Sherman Heights' Dia de los Muertos with a traditional celebration, official altar blessing, live performances, food and more.  Location: Sherman Heights Center – 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102

Saturday – Sunday 10/28-29 from 11am-8pm  /  Old Town San Diego’s Day of the Dead: Commemorating Dio de los Muertos by touring the museums and shops within Old Town San Diego, most have dramatic and festive Day of the Dead altars. Live entertainment in many locations throughout Old Town.  Location: Old Town State Park, San Diego County Operation Center, 5520 Overland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123

Saturday 10/28 from 12Noon – 4pm  /  Encinitas Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Celebrate life with live performances, art-making workshops, a student art exhibit, artist demos, food trucks and more at the Encinitas Dia de los Muertos.  Location: Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Sunday 10/29 at 6:45am  /  Carrera de los Muertos San Diego - Enjoy a festive and scenic 5k run along downtown’s San Diego Bay and stay to celebrate in Embarcadero Park South with mariachi, dancers and comida deliciosa!  Location: Embarcadero Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, San Diego, CA 92101

Sunday 10/29 from 12Noon – 4pm  /  Dia de los Muertos Oceanside - Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," is an all-day community event with diverse cultural traditions, remembering and honoring deceased loved ones.  Location: Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024

Wednesday 11/1 from 6-9pm  /  22nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival - Each year, guests are invited to create altars to remember and honor their loved ones in a special area outside of the Center's museum; the event also features live music, traditional Mexican fare, sugar skull decorating and more. Location: California Center for the Arts, 340 North Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

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