By Bryan Carey

America is known as a great melting pot of cultures and customs. Our nation is one of the few countries in the world where so many different ethnic groups live together and with so many cultures surrounding us, it is easy to lose track of the contributions each has brought to society. Hispanic Heritage Month was created to celebrate Hispanic culture and is marked by parades, special events, and educational opportunities. Here are the best ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Houston:

Houston Latin Fest
Jones Plaza
600 Louisiana St.
Houston TX 77002
(832) 422-8936

Date: Oct. 15, 2017 at 1 p.m.

Now in its fifth year, the Houston Latin Fest is an excellent way to celebrate Latin and Hispanic culture. The event, held in downtown Houston, features Latin music and dance, Hispanic food and drink, art, education, and much more. Groove to the Latin tunes while you meet new friends, then sip on a tropical drink and toast to Hispanic culture. It’s all part of the Houston Latin Fest, the largest event of its kind in the Houston area.

Fiestas Patrias
Trader’s Village
7979 North Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
(281) 890-5500

Date: Sept. 17, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Celebrate Mexican Independence at Trader’s Village and its Fiestas Patrias. This annual event has been going on for eleven years, commemorating Mexican Independence Day with music, dance, and overall mayhem. Guests are encouraged to arrive at Fiestas Patrias dressed in their favorite Hispanic costume for an afternoon of family fun. It’s a great way to connect with other people and celebrate the heritage of Mexican Americans everywhere.

Texas Taco Music Fest
Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010
(713) 400-7336

Date: Sept. 16, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Downtown Houston comes alive at Discovery Green Park for the Texas Taco Music Fest. Sponsored by the Coalition of Hispanics for Excellence in Technology and Art, Texas Taco Music Fest is all about Latin tunes, tacos, cooking, and family entertainment. Children will have a blast in the Kid’s area while creative adults will enjoy trying their luck in the Taco Throwdown Cook Off. The Texas Taco Music Fest is an all- day party in downtown Houston and an excellent way to celebrate Hispanic culture.

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Book Reading And Study
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77002
(832) 319-1313

If attending a scheduled event isn’t your style but you still would like to learn more about Hispanic heritage, then why not plan a trip to the public library? Houston area libraries are well- stocked with books covering everything from Latin American history to modern- day Hispanic struggles and achievements. Families can add to the fun by creating their own learning agenda, complete with games and trivia about Hispanic culture. Challenge yourself and your children to learn more about Latin and Hispanic culture at your nearby public library and who knows? You may end up instilling a love for lifetime learning in your children.

Support A Non- Profit Organization
Hispanic Health Coalition
2626 S. Loop West
Houston, TX 77054
(713) 666-5644

Another excellent way to support Hispanic heritage is through volunteer efforts and/or contributions to a local non- profit organization. The Houston area has several charities that focus on Hispanic concerns and one possibility is the Hispanic Health Coalition. This non- profit works to promote healthy lifestyles and to encourage health education. Working with a non- profit organization like the Hispanic Health Coalition is a hands- on experience that can have a lasting impact, raising awareness of important issues faced by the Hispanic community on a daily basis.

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