Members of the musical group Morenada Bolivia USA perform at the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the National Zoo in 2012. This year’s event will be held September 21. (Craig Hudson/For The Washington Post)

Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs September 15 to October 15, celebrates Americans who come from Spanish-speaking areas, including Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. (The four weeks were chosen because they include the independence days of several Latin American countries.)

Events in the Washington area include opportunities to practice your Spanish, learn about the cultures and taste delicious food. For more details, ask a parent to check out the Web sites below.

Hispanic Heritage Family Festival/Día para la familia

What: Music, gallery tours, storytelling, arts and crafts.

Where: American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW.

When: Saturday, September 13, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: Free!

How old: All ages.

For more information: 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu.

Insects’ life/La vida de los insectos

What: Spanish-language tarantula feedings, crafts, self-guided tour.

Where: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

When: Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much: Free!

How old: All ages.

For more information: 202-633-1000 or www.mnh.si.edu.

Fiesta DC

What: Parade of nations, performers, food, arts and crafts.

Where: Pennsylvania Avenue, between Ninth and 14th streets NW.

When: September 21, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

How much: Free!

How old: All ages.

For more information: www.fiestadc.org.

‘The Boy and the World’/‘O menino e o mundo’

What: A wordless animated movie about a boy from Brazil who leaves the countryside to search for his father.

Where: American Film Institute, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring.

When: September 27 at 5:30 p.m., September 28 at 1 p.m.

How much: $10.

How old: All ages (Unrated).

For more information: 301-495-6720 or www.afi.com.

ZooFiesta

What: Music, food, arts and crafts, animal feedings and keeper talks.

Where: National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

When: September 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

How much: Free!

How old: All ages.

For more information: 202-633-4888 or nationalzoo.si.edu.

‘Karunkinka, Chilean Patagonia, Artists of the Land Where Trees Talk’

What: Art exhibit, market, demonstrations and food.

Where: Fourth Street and Independence Avenue NW.

When: October 2-5, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How much: Free!

How old: All ages.

For more information: 202-633-1000 or www.nmai.si.edu.

‘The Book of Life’

What: An animated movie (in English) of a young man who is torn between his family and a beautiful young woman. The story is inspired by the Mexican celebration the Day of the Dead. Voices of Diego Luna, Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana and Héctor Elizondo. Filmmaker Jorge R. Gutierrez will answer questions after the movie.

Where: American Film Institute, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring.

When: October 5 at 3 p.m.

How much: Free! Tickets available on the day of show.

How old: Age 8 and older (Rated PG).

For more information: 301-495-6720 or www.afi.com.

Fiesta! Los Quetzales

What: A performance by the Mexican dance ensemble.

Where: National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

When: October 8 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

How much: Adults $8, ages 2 to 16 $6.

How old: Age 5 and older.

For more information: 202-633-8700 or www.mnh.si.edu.

Christina Barron