Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer

Philadelphia not only celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month each September but Latino culture every day, all year long with colorful festivals, pulsating music, powerful exhibitions and more. Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:

Dancers performing the traditional Puerto Rican dance Bomba y Plena are accompanied by drumming and singing at the Festival de BambulaŽ. Produced by Norris Square Neighborhood Project, the festival celebrates the neighborhoodÕs arts and garden programs, which transform vacant lots into bright and vibrant places. Festivities also include authentic Puerto Rican foods, music, crafts and greening activities and displays.

Dancers performing the traditional Puerto Rican dance Bomba y Plena are accompanied by drumming and singing at the Festival de BambulaŽ. Produced by Norris Square Neighborhood Project, the festival celebrates the neighborhoodÕs arts and garden programs, which transform vacant lots into bright and vibrant places. Festivities also include authentic Puerto Rican foods, music, crafts and greening activities and displays.

Ongoing:

  • For almost two centuries, baseball has transcended cultural differences and united minority communities on their path to understanding American values. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores how America’s favorite pastime has helped immigrants from all backgrounds become part of the American experience. The exhibit highlights how famous players—Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg, Ichiro Suzuki, Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson—broke down cultural barriers for Central and South Americans, Puerto Ricans and others of Hispanic descent; African-Americans; Asian-Americans; and Jewish people. Through October 26. 101 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org
El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia transports an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration to Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. Modeled after the colorful parades and street fairs that mark Mexico’s military victory over invading foreign forces, Philadelphia’s festivities attract thousands of locals and participants from around the U.S. and Mexico. Many of the dancers don ornate costumes and oversized masks that were made in Mexico and represent historic figures and folk dramas.

El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia transports an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration to Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. Modeled after the colorful parades and street fairs that mark Mexico’s military victory over invading foreign forces, Philadelphia’s festivities attract thousands of locals and participants from around the U.S. and Mexico. Many of the dancers don ornate costumes and oversized masks that were made in Mexico and represent historic figures and folk dramas.

April:

  • Taking place at the Please Touch Museum, the music-filled, dance-filled, fun-filled Día del Niño, or International Day of the Child, event keeps the entire family entertained. Kids can hone their kicking skills during a soccer clinic led by members of the Philadelphia Union, pose for pictures with the Eagles cheerleaders, get in tune with singer Jose Rico, get creative at the crafts table and test their meteorological skills at the Telemundo weather wall. April 5. Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
  • Movie buffs will want to mark their calendars for the third annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, the region’s only film festival exclusively showing works by Latino and Latin American filmmakers and media artists. The festival kicks off with the 1943 classic Maria Candelaria and features other selections such as Pelo Malo/Bad Hair by Mariana Rondón and the Philadelphia premier of La Camioneta by Mark Kendall. April 25-27. Various locations. (215) 563-6417, flaff.org
  • The works of artist Joel Garcia, on view in museums throughout Mexico and the U.S., take the spotlight at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Traditions Transformed: The Folk Art of Joel Garcia features figures that are both ceremonial and decorative, including imaginative animals called alebrijes and icons of El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). April 25-June 8. 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390, phillymagicgardens.org
  • South Philly serves as a hub of Mexican immigration in the region, especially for those from Puebla, Mexico. Folks dressed in bearded masks, capes, headdresses and other traditional garb stroll along Washington Avenue and its surrounding streets to commemorate the Battle of Puebla for the 8thAnnual Carnaval de Puebla. April 27. (215) 253-3040

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