Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year in the U.S. from September 15th through October 15th. Pittsburgh offers its own take on the celebration with some unique events, lectures and weekly social gatherings. All of the events promote a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture and interactive ways to bring this colorful culture into everyday life in Pittsburgh.
First Annual Kennywood Latino Day
4800 Kennywood Blvd.
West Mifflin, PA 15122
Date: Sept. 14, 2013
Kennywood is hosting what promises to be an annual event to bring Pittsburgh more awareness of Latino culture. In addition to a reduced ticket price of $26 or $16 for seniors, the event will feature two picnic pavilions dedicated to Latino food, dancing, live music performances and cultural performances. The event is hosted by Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and will include performances from the Latin American Cultural Union that is known for its yearly gala in November.
Hispanic Heritage Month Black Tie Gala
Westin Convention Center Hotel
1000 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Date: Oct. 18, 2013
In another first, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will also be hosting a black tie gala at the Westin downtown. The gala will benefit the PMAHCC scholarship fund which provides scholarships to local Hispanic students. The event will feature a keynote address from Bert Alfonso, the Cuban-born president of the Hershey Company. A cocktail hour and Latino-themed dinner will be followed by salsa dancing with musician Noel Quintana and his band. Tickets can be purchased online.
Latino Life In The United States
Seton Hill University
Cecilian Hall One Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
Date: Sept. 13, 2013
Renowned photographer Jose Galvez will be exhibiting his portfolio of black and white photographs and giving a lecture to attendees about his life chronicling Latino life in the United States. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Galvez was the first Mexican-American photographer to work for the LA Times and has since become an inspirational speaker and advocate of educating Americans on Latino culture. To see his portfolio and to read more about his exhibits across the country, visit his website.
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If a more relaxed way of learning about and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is what you crave, look no further than Salsa Pittsburgh, a group dedicated to bringing salsa dancing to Pittsburghers. This group has compiled a fabulous list of all of the venues in the area that offer salsa dancing and Latino-inspired entertainment. Literally every day of the week, restaurants, clubs and dance halls offer lessons, practices and informal gatherings of salsa music and dance enthusiasts. The best part? Most of the venues offer free lessons or very low cover charges for the salsa nights. Visit Salsa Pittsburgh’s weekly events page for more information.
La Feria: Al Servicio de Comunidad
William Pitt Union at University of Pittsburgh
3959 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Date: Sept 22, 2013
La Feria is hosting its 11th annual day of community service with a fair at the student union at Pitt. The goal of this annual event is to bring businesses, cultural organizations and individuals interested in networking with Spanish-speaking communities together. The event takes place in an effort to provide information about healthcare, housing and English As A Second Language course information to Hispanic Pittsburghers. The event is free to anyone who attends and in addition to the more serious information provided will also feature Latino food and a DJ that will fill the union with Latino beats. Find more information about vendors attending the fair on La Feria’s website.
Sally Turkovich Wright lives in her beloved city of Pittsburgh with her husband, Jason and German Shepherd, Zeus. She is a policy analyst by training, an eyewear stylist by trade and an amateur healthy-living advocate by choice. She also writes a column for Twoday Magazine. Catch up with her there at twodaymag.com. Her work can be found at Twodaymag.com.