50+ Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Greater Houston

    Mixteco Ballet Folklórico performs at Houston Farmers Market in September | Courtesy of Mixteco Ballet Folklórico

    Don’t miss a thing with our guide to 50+ Hispanic Heritage Month events taking place in Houston from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, October 15, 2023.

    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 make Hispanic Heritage Month a festive time of the year.

    Take a look at our guide to more than 50 events taking place across Greater Houston:

    2023 Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Greater Houston

    A dancer in a colorful Mexican dress twirls and smiles
    “México en el Corazón” returns to Discovery Green | Photo: Johnny Than; courtesy of CKP Group

    Hispanic Heritage Months Events in Houston: September 2023

    • Mexico en el Corazón at Discovery Green | Friday, September 8 – More than 50 performers come together at the Downtown park for a night rich with the sounds and sights of Mexico. Take in music from touring mariachis and ballet folklorico dances at this popular annual event. 7pm to 10pm.
    • Noche de Cumbia at Axelrad | Friday, September 8 | FREE – The monthly cumbia party returns to the backyard of Axelrad, headlined by Grupo Vadenagi along with El Turko Sonidero, DJ Zema and MLE. 21+. 7pm to 1:30am.
    • Borregos vs Autenticos Tigres at NRG Park | Friday, September 8 – In the first-ever ONEFA regular season game played in the United States, these two college football programs from Mexico, hailing from Monterrey and Nuevo León, duke it out on the NRG field. $15 and up. 7:30pm.
    • Sin Bandera in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Friday, September 8 – The duo consisting of Leonel García of Mexico and Noel Schajris from Argentina makes a stop in Sugar Land as part of their Frecuencia Tour, sharing their brand of pop music with fans and newcomers alike. $57 and up. 8:30pm.
    • Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff at Burnett Bayland Park | Saturday, September 9 | FREE – This family-friendly morning in Gulfton features mariachis, food trucks, face painting, and a special community workshop for the Burnett Bayland Master Plan. Celebrate Hispanic heritage and see the future of this important community park. 9am to 11am.
    • Native American Heritage Day Festival at Jesse H Jones Park & Nature Center | Saturday, September 9 | FREE – Head to the Humble park’s Akokisa Village for a celebration of Indigenous culture with demonstrations, talks about life for Karankawa peoples and other Indigenous groups on the Coastal Bend, a performance by the Chikawa Aztec Dancers and more. 9am to 3pm.
    The Humble park hosts a day of exploring the region’s Native American heritage and Indigenous cultures | Courtesy of Harris County Precinct 4
    • Let’s Play Loteria with Barrio Dogs at The Ballroom at Bayou Place | Sunday, September 10 – Play some rounds of lotería at this lively fundraising event that helps support Barrio Dogs, who’s mission is to create a better future for pets and the community. Enjoy a hearty tamale and nacho bar, plus drinks and a lotería costume contest. $50. 1pm to 5pm.
    • Fiestas Patrias WonderWeek at Children’s Museum Houston | Tuesday, September 12 to Sunday, September 17 – Celebrating Mexican Independence Day, this week of activities in the Museum District includes crafts where kids will design their own papel picado flags, create fans, share Mexican sweets, and more. $17 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.
    • Paulina Rubio in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Wednesday, September 13 – The Queen of Latin Pop arrives in Sugar Land for a night that tours through the artist’s greatest hits from career-defining albums like Paulina and Border Girl. $72 and up. 8pm.
    • Fiesta in the Square: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Redemption Square | Friday, September 15 | FREE – The Northeast Houston shopping and dining destination opens Hispanic Heritage Month with a fiesta featuring live music, food, a vendor market and dance performances. 3pm to 8pm.
    • Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Houston Farmers Market | Friday, September 15 | FREE – The market on Airline Drive in the Heights honors the month celebrating Hispanic Heritage with an afternoon and evening of local market shopping, face painting, salsa class, Aztec dances, ballet folklorico, and mariachi. 3pm to 9pm.
    Axelrad hosts Cumbia nights and a Mexico Independence Day celebration | Courtesy of Axelrad
    • Viva LatinoAmerica Fundraiser Concert at Wonky Power | Friday, September 15 – This East End celebration features local Latin musicians like Orion 224, Vortxz and more performing alongside a bustling market of Latin vendors to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. All ticket sales and donations go toward providing vital health screenings for underserved Latinx individuals in the Houston area. $10 in advance; $12 to $15 at the door. 7pm.
    • Que Onda Magazine Fiesta Mexicana & 30th Anniversary at The Ballroom at Bayou Place | Friday, September 15 – Commemorating three decades of ¡Que Onda! Magazine‘s contributions to the community, this Downtown event celebrates with live performances by renowned Mexican artists and traditional dances, and more. $125. 7pm to midnight.
    • El Grito with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, September 15 | FREE – Miller’s annual kickoff for Mexican Independence Day and Hispanic Heritage Month returns with a free night of classic Mexican music from Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, a 15-member group with a rich legacy of more than 50 years of mariachi music. 7:30pm.
    • Latin Festival at Pearland Town Center | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The Pearland outdoor shopping destination hosts a Latin Festival with cultural dances, live music, small business shopping, and the presentation of Latino Hero Scholarships to local students and teachers. 10am to 8pm.
    • Texas Bonita Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Shop from a curated selection of local vendors at the East End Esplanade, while you take in DJs, ballet folklorico and photo backdrops. 11am to 4pm.
    The Esplanade on Navigation hosts multiple markets throughout Houston Hispanic Heritage Month | Courtesy of East End Farmer’s Market
    • Latino Block Party at Karbach Brewing Company | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The Spring Branch brewery hosts a block party filled with Latin food trucks, local vendors and live music from Tejano artists EZ Band along with Cumbia group Son Bayou. Noon to 11pm.
    • Mexico’s Independence Day at El Venado Tacos and Tequila | Saturday, September 16 | No Cover – The Washington Avenue taco spot celebrates Mexico’s independence with a night of loteria, a grito challenge, live DJ, drink specials, a pop-up market and more. 4pm to 1am.
    • Mexico’s Independence Day at Memorial Park Eastern Glades | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Sprawl out at Memorial Park’s Eastern Glades with an evening of delicious food, ballet folklorico, mariachi, crafts, refreshments and more. 5pm to 7pm.
    • Botanic Bingo at Houston Botanic Garden | Saturday, September 16 – The South Houston garden celebrates Hispanic heritage with a night of botanic bingo, highlighting the plants of Central America and doling out garden-themed prizes. Eureka Heights will also be on-site with tasty brews. $35. 5:30pm to 7pm.
    • Party on the Plaza at Avenida Houston | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The Downtown plaza hosts a night celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Mexican Norteño tunes from Grupo Vadenagi and Latin music by Shekere Band. Stop by Discovery Green across the street and you can also shop local vendors at the Flea by Night event. 6pm to 9pm.
    Avenida Houston celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Party on the Plaza | Courtesy of Avenida Houston
    • Dia de la Independencia at East End Backyard | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – The sprawling East End patio welcomes a Dies y Sies celebration, complete with mariachi, loteria games, a vendor market, drink specials, food from La Esquina food truck and more. 6:30pm to 2am.
    • Fiesta de Independencia 2023 at Axelrad | Saturday, September 16 | FREE – Celebrate Diez y Seis at the outdoor garden of Axelrad, which hosts a night of music from Felipe Galvan, Vanita Leo, and Strawberry Jams alongside local vendors, cocktails and more. 7pm.
    • 713 Walks: Cultural Walk in East End Arts District | Sunday, September 17 | FREE – Join with Urban Paths for a walking tour of the cultural arts found throughout East End, including historic architecture, public art, the Buffalo Bayou Park Silos, Talento Bilingüe de Houston, the Navigation Esplanade, and more. 9am to 11am.
    • Fiestas Patrias at Traders Village | Sunday, September 17 | FREE – Celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre at this free event in Northwest Houston featuring mariachi, regional Mexican music, Aztec dancers, ballet folklorico and more. Free to attend; $5 for parking. Noon to 5pm.
    • Hispanic Heritage Month at Children’s Museum Houston | Tuesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 24 – All week long, the Museum District headquarters for imagination celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a slate of activities and crafts where kiddos can make a banner of Spanish-speaking countries, design their own mirror in the Mexican tin art style of hojalata, make Mexican paper flowers and more. $17 for ages 1 and up. 10am to 6pm.
    • Christian Nodal in Concert at Toyota Center | Thursday, September 21 – The award-winning Regional Mexican artist returns to Downtown while supporting his latest EP release, Forajido 2. $66 and up. 8pm.
    Christian Nodal rolls through Toyota Center in September | Courtesy of Christian Nodal
    • Sugar Land Space Cowboys vs. El Paso Chihuahuas at Constellation Field | Thursday, September 21 & Friday, September 22 – The Space Cowboys celebrate Hispanic heritage on back-to-back nights in their final series of the season. Bring your pup on Thursday and enjoy Dulces de Sugar Land Night at the ballpark (along with a Justin Verlander World Series ring), or swing by on Friday for a Dia de los Muertos jersey giveaway with post-game fireworks. $12 and up. Thursday 6:30pm; Friday 7pm.
    • Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park | Friday, September 22 to Sunday, September 24 – Kansas City rolls into the juicebox to end the last homestand of the regular season. Marking Hispanic Heritage Weekend, fans can expect giveaways like a Jose Abreu Los Astros jersey on Friday and a sugar skull bobblehead on Saturday. $26 and up. Times vary.
    • American Mariachi at Alley Theatre | Friday, September 22 | Ongoing – In this play about dreaming big, it’s the 1970s, and Lucha wants to form a mariachi band. But girls don’t do that. Or can they? This heartwarming clash of cultures showcases what it means to embrace all of your heritage. This production runs through Sunday, October 22. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
    • Los Hermanos Movie Screening at Holocaust Museum Houston | Saturday, September 23 | FREE – The Holocaust Museum hosts this special screening of Los Hermanos/The Brothers, which tells the story of virtuoso musician Afro-Cuban brothers that find themselves on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm; violinist Ilmar lives in New York while pianist Aldo grows up in Havana, unable to collaborate musically for most of their lives. Segundo Barrio Children’s Chorus will cap off the night with a special performance. 2pm to 4pm.
    • Edén Muñoz in Concert at 713 Music Hall | Saturday, September 23 – The chart-topping Regional Mexican singer-songwriter stops by the Post Houston stage while on his Consejos Gratis 2023 tour. $20 and up. 8pm.
    “Salsa y Salud” celebrates Miller Outdoor’s 100th in September | Courtesy of Foundation for Modern Music
    • Festival de la Salsa at Discovery Green | Sunday, September 24 – The Downtown park space hosts a full day of salsa celebration, infused with Latin culture and showcasing the many influences of Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, United States and beyond. Enjoy live music, folklorico and cultural performances, food vendors and more during an event that promotes unity and cultural diversity. $10 in advance; free for ages 12 and under. 1pm to 10pm.
    • Zero Gravity Movie Screening at Holocaust Museum Houston | Thursday, September 28 | FREE – This film follows a diverse group of middle-school students who compete in a nationwide tournament to code satellites aboard the International Space Station. The film is presented by University of Houston’s SACNAS, which seeks to foster the success of Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in STEM fields. 6pm to 8pm.
    • Los Huracanes del Norte in Concert at Arena Theatre | Friday, September 29 – The regional Mexican band with more than 900 song releases under their belt since 1969 will take to the Southwest Houston stage for a night of the band’s best hits. $49 and up. 8pm.
    • TEATRX presents La Vida es Cortos/Life is Short at MATCH | Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1 – This festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month presents short stories on stage and screen, written and performed by Latinx artists. This year’s offerings include short films made for young audiences, plus selected plays that range from a Mayan folktale to a futuristic tale about two undocumented sisters searching for a better life. Pay-what-you-can. Showtimes vary.
    • Houston Dynamo FC vs. FC Dallas at Shell Energy Stadium | Saturday, September 30 – Just three days after facing Lionel Messi in the US Open Cup Final (alas, held in Florida), the Dynamo host Hispanic Heritage Night as they face rivals from Dallas in the second-to-last home game of the season. $20 and up. 7:30pm.
    • Salsa y Salud at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Saturday, September 30 | FREE – Take in a high-energy night of salsa performances, dance theater, visual arts and more at the annual event that will commemorate Miller’s 100th anniversary. 7:30pm.
    Alejandro Fernandez returns to Toyota Center in October | Courtesy of Alejandro Fernandez

    Hispanic Heritage Month Events in Houston: October 2023

    • Latinx Poetry Open Mic Night at AvantGarden | Wednesday, October 4 – Zachary Caballero hosts this night of open mic poetry from Write About Now that celebrates the voices of Latinx poets. $10 and up. 7:30pm to 10:30pm.
    • 44th Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Thursday, October 5 to Saturday, October 7 | FREE – The Hermann Park stage again hosts this annual festival celebration of Chicano culture with performances across three nights, featuring David Lee Garza y Los Musicales on Thursday; Los Palominos on Friday; and a Saturday night performance from Little Joe y La Familia. 7pm.
    • Alejandro Fernandez in Concert at Toyota Center | Friday, October 6 – The multiple Grammy-winning Mexican mariachi singer returns to Houston, joined by his son Alex, for a night that celebrates Latino culture through music. $49 and up. 9pm.
    • Grito Fest 2023 in Baytown | Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7 | FREE – The two-day Grito Fest celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in Baytown, getting the ball rolling with a pre-party at Baytown Town Square, featuring mariachi, ballet folklórico and Tejano artist Gary Hobbs. The festival moves to Bicentennial Park on Saturday, with a full day of festival fun like a grito competition, jalapeño eating contest, dance performances and music from Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and headliner La Leyenda. Times vary.
    • Frida Love Market at the Esplanade at Navigation | Saturday, October 7 | No Cover – At the East End Esplanade, this special pet-friendly market gathers local vendors for a community event that celebrates culture and the legacy of Frida Kahlo. 11am to 4pm.
    Poder Hispano brings local vendors to M-K-T in the Heights | Courtesy of Meraki Wayuu
    • Poder Hispano at M-K-T | Saturday, October 7 | FREE – The sprawling Heights district for dining and shopping hosts a special family-friendly market that highlights the cultures of Latin America through flavorful foods, arts and music. Noon to 4pm.
    • Venezuelan Festival at Central Green Park | Saturday, October 7 | FREE – The Katy shopping center hosts its annual Venezuelan Festival that also celebrates Central Green’s 10th birthday. Enjoy delicious arepas, take in vibrant cultural performances, and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 6pm to 10pm.
    • Football: UH Cougars vs. West Virginia at TDECU Stadium | Thursday, October 12 – Watch the Coogs host fellow Big 12 college West Virginia on Hispanic Heritage day at the stadium. $40 and up. 6pm.
    • Latina Entrepreneurship Day Conference at Hermann Park | Friday, October 13 | FREE – Hosted by Latina Leadership Podcast, this one-day conference at Lott Hall in Hermann Park invites Latina entrepreneurs to come together in-person and virtually for a day of panels, keynote sessions, breakout workshops and conversations where business owners can showcase their ventures and learn how to grow them. Registration required. Times TBA.
    • Noche de Cumbia at Axelrad | Friday, October 13 | FREE – Son Rompe Pera headlines this monthly night of cumbia at the neon-lit garden of Axelrad. Come by for the unique sounds of the garage-cumbia-marimba-punk band and dance all night. 21+. 7pm to 1:30am.
    • Dia de la Hispanidad: Ida y Vuelta at Miller Outdoor Theatre | Friday, October 13 | FREE – Explore the rich history of music in the Americas and the way Indigenous cultures and Europe influenced the sounds of the continents. This full-scale production touches on the musical culture of Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and many others through music, dance, and magnificent costumes. 7:30pm.
    “Viva Latin America” returns to Wortham Center in October | Courtesy of the Houston Latin American Philharmonic

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