Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in D.C.

Though the month is almost over, there's still plenty of chances to celebrate

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in D.C.

Dancers gather for the Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day, hosted by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery each year.

Even though Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15, there are still plenty of activities left to celebrate. Hispanic Heritage Month serves as an opportunity for everyone to dance and eat while learning about Hispanic art and culture. Below are some highlights of this year’s events before the month wraps up on Oct. 15.

Hispanic Heritage Family Day: Innovators in Aviation and Space

Visit this one-day event to learn about Hispanic contributions to aviation. Take part in bilingual activities and hear from Hispanic scientists and engineers for free. In previous years, visitors got to meet Joe Acaba, the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage and speak with Pablo de Leon who is working on a suit designed for use on Mars.

When: Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW

Metro: Yellow Line, L’enfant Plaza station

The Great Inka Road: Engineering An Empire

The Great Inka Road: Engineering An Empire features artifacts and technologies that helped with the construction of the Inka Road. Catch this exhibit throughout the month at the National Museum of the American Indian. The road, which covers over 20,000 miles, crosses numerous Latin American countries and geographical features such as deserts and mountains.

When: Until June 1, 2020

Where: National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. SW & Independence Ave. SW

Metro: Yellow Line, L’enfant Plaza station

Portrait Story Days

Visit the National Portrait Gallery to learn about the lives of Hispanic pioneers who made history in the United States as well as around the world. Some of these innovators include Pedro Martinez, Frida Kahlo, José Limón, César Chávez and Sonia Sotomayor.

When: Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Where: National Portrait Gallery, 8th St. NW & F St. NW

Metro: Red Line, Gallery Place/Chinatown station

Whether you are of Hispanic descent or just want to learn more, Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to immerse yourself in Hispanic history. Grab some friends and head downtown to celebrate those who have moved the U.S. forward while making their “gente” proud.


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