Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 with our guide to Houston concerts, events & more

Mixteco Ballet Folklórico closes out Hispanic Heritage Month at Miller Outdoor in October | Courtesy of Mixteco Ballet Folklórico

Don’t miss a thing with our guide to 30+ Hispanic Heritage Month events taking place across Houston from Wednesday, September 15 through Saturday, October 16, 2021.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 each year, kicking off right around the date when Mexico and many other nations in Central and South America declared independence from Spain.

This year, the city of Houston welcomes back annual traditions and popular fall favorites that help to make Hispanic Heritage Month a festive time of the year.

Take a look at our guide to dozens of events taking place across the city and beyond:

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Concerts & Events in Houston

Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Houston: September 2021

Alejandro Fernández performs at Smart Financial Centre in September | Courtesy of the artist
  • Houston Public Library presents Q&A with Author Sandra Cisneros | Wednesday, September 22 | FREE | Virtual – With the release of her latest novel, Martita, Te Recuerdo (Martita, I Remember You), the celebrated American author Sandra Cisernos will visit with journalist Macarena Hernandez for a virtual Q&A session that also focuses on her classic Chicano novel from 1984, The House on Mango Street. Registration required. 6pm.
  • Hispanic Heritage Market at Regent Square | Friday, September 24 | No Cover – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at this market featuring specialty jewelry and accessories, artwork, candles, apothecary, culinary goodies and more. The first 50 attendees will receive a complimentary DIY papel picados art kit. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Alejandro Fernández at Smart Financial Centre | Friday, September 24 – The multiple Grammy–winning Mexican mariachi singer is hitting the road to tour his latest album, Hecho en México, which has already produced four straight No. 1 singles. Tickets range from $20 to $200.50, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 9pm.
  • Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 25 | FREE | Virtual Option – This fully staged theatrical production features a cast of over 50, made up of artists from Houston and around the world, in a program that incorporates salsa hits and world premiere performances. This production will also be livestreamed online. Free tickets for covered seating will be available on Thursday, September 23. 8pm.
  • Marisela in Concert at Arena Theatre | Saturday, September 25 – The chart-topping American-Mexican singer returns to touring, with a stop at Southwest Houston’s venue for an evening of her hits, including 1987’s “Tu Dama de Hierro”, for which her tour is named after. Tickets range from $40 to more than $115, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
  • Houston Latin Fest 2021 at Midtown Park | Sunday, September 26 – Para todos los Latinos, this event brings together culture, music, art, cuisine and more from the North, Central, and South America regions—plus the Caribbean—for a rich Latin experience. Enjoy live concerts, local vendors, tasty bites, and more with family and friends. Advance tickets start at $10 and include a complimentary Old Parr drink; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.
  • Danza Azteca Splendor! at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Wednesday, September 29 | FREE – The Calmecac Indigenous Organization takes to the stage to perform traditional Aztec dancing based on pre-Columbian traditions of the Nahuatl-speaking Teotihuacanos/Mexica and other indigenous nations of central Mexico, including the Otomo/Chichimeca nations of Queretaro. Through this exploration of Aztec history, philosophy, language, culture and foods, audience members can gain a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. 11am.
  • Citizen Illegal: An Evening with Poet José Olivarez at Holocaust Museum Houston | Thursday, September 30 | FREE – The son of Mexican immigrants, Poet José Olivarez with join HMH for a special reading from his critically acclaimed debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal. 6pm.
The Men’s and Women’s Tigres UANL squads visit Houston during Hispanic Heritage Month | Courtesy of BBVA Stadium

Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Houston: October 2021

  • Nella in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, October 1 | FREE | Virtual Option – Witness traditional Venezuelan songs like “La Negra Atilia” and “Tonada de Luna Llena,” as well as contemporary hits, when 2019 Latin Grammy winner Nella brings her country’s folklore roots center stage for her first North American tour. This performance will also be available via livestream. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony presents Fiesta Sinfónica at Jones Hall | Saturday, October 2 | FREE – An annual tradition, Houston Symphony will again take to the Jones Hall stage for a free evening of Latin American classic favorites, conducted by Rafael Enrique Irizarry. Though free, tickets must be reserved in advance. 7pm.
  • 2022 Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez at Holocaust Museum Houston | Thursday, October 7 | FREE – The Houston-based Texas Poet Laureate for 2022 will appear for an in-person reading at HMH, sharing work that remarks on issues from the political to the emotional and focuses on his roots in Texas and the Mexican state of Jalisco. 6pm.
  • 42nd Annual Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, October 7 to Saturday, October 9 | FREE – The annual Festival Chicano returns to the Hermann Park stage, highlighting the artistic creativity that has developed in the Chicano cultural experience. Concerts through the three-day event include Little Joe y La Familia alongside Los Texmaniacs on Thursday; Ram Herrera with Grupo Aviso, plus Adalberto, J.R. Gomez and Demmi Garcia on Friday; David Lee Garza y Los Musicales performs with Shelly Lares on Saturday, which will also be livestreamed. 7pm each night.
  • Tigres UANL vs. Deportivo Toluca FC at BBVA Stadium | Saturday, October 9 – From Nuevo León, the famed Mexican club of Tigres heads to Houston to take on Deportivo Toluca FC in a friendly between the two sides from LigaMX. Tickets range from $40 to more than $80. 8pm.
  • Comedian Teo González at Arena Theatre | Sunday, October 10 – The popular “comediante de la cola de caballo (comedian with the ponytail)” arrives in Houston for a night of hilarious comedy that has helped González tour the world across multiple decades. Please note this performance will be in Spanish. Tickets range from $36 to more than $100, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm.
  • Juanes at House of Blues | Tuesday, October 12 & Wednesday, October 13 – The Colombian singer-songwriter with 20 Latin Grammy Awards to his name arrives in Downtown for two nights of Latin pop faves, including some recent songs from his 2021 release, Origen. Tickets range from $69.50 to $149.50, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7pm both nights.
  • The Essence of Mexico at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, October 14 | FREE – Mixteco Ballet Folklórico take over the Miller Outdoor stage for this afternoon presentation of dances that highlight the regions of Veracruz, Nuevo León and Jalisco, before closing the show with Charros and “El Jarabe Tapatío,” better known as the Mexican Hat Dance. 11am.
  • Dia de la Hispanidad featuring Jorge Luis Chacín at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, October 16 | FREE | Virtual Option – Presented by the Institute of Hispanic Culture, this performance features the Latin Grammy-nominated Venezuelan singer-songwriter and musician, Jorge Luis Chacín, known for his solo album, El Color De Mi Locura, and songwriting chops for groups like CNCO, Prince Royce, and Marc Anthony. This performance will also be livestreamed online. 7:30pm.
  • Viva Latin America at Wortham Center | Saturday, October 16 – Closing out Hispanic Heritage Month, the Houston Latin American Philharmonic returns to their annual tradition, performing a concert program of cultural highlights that include a tribute to “Los Blanco,” “El Milagro de tus Ojos,” “Bailame” and much more. Tickets range from $29 to $86. 8pm.
  • La Adictiva & Impacto in Concert at Arena Theatre | Saturday, October 16 – Celebrating their thirtieth anniversary, La Adictiva arrives for an unforgettable performance at the historic Arena Theatre, joined by special guests, Impacto. Tickets range from $75 to over $150, but you may find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8pm.
“Viva Latin America” returns to Wortham Center in October | Courtesy of the Houston Latin American Philharmonic

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.