National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, honoring the culture and contributions of Latinos across the United States.
State of play: Hispanics and Latinos represent about a third of Denver’s population, and the city is going all-out for the occasion. Here are seven ways to celebrate:
- Starting Oct. 2, Denver Botanic Gardens, in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, will host Alebrije: Xólotl, a towering papier-mâché sculpture by contemporary artist Óscar Becerra Mora depicting a Mexican folklore creature.
- Latin Fashion Week Colorado is putting on runway shows this Saturday and Sunday showcasing the work of Latino designers and artists from our own backyard and around the world.
- Latin dance lessons are offered at a number of local studios, including Colorado New Style Dance, La Rumba and Salsa Central Denver.
- On Oct. 6, History Colorado will show an in-person screening of "Chicanas: Nurturers and Warriors," a film that calls attention to the ways Chicanas have shaped Denver and pushed for progress.
- Dine at Comal Heritage Food Incubator in northeast Denver, a restaurant and training program for aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs who immigrated or fled from other countries, including Mexico and El Salvador.
- Museo de las Americas will feature "Smoking Mirrors: Visual Histories of Identity, Resistance and Resilience," spotlighting works of various media from more than 20 artists and muralists across Colorado and New Mexico.
- Drive down Federal Boulevard and pop into one its many mercados, panaderias and top-notch taquerias.
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