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Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, celebrates Americans who come from Spanish-speaking areas, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Spain, Mexico and other Latin American nations. Learn about these cultures and practice your Spanish at these events.


What: Music, crafts, Latin American food, animal feedings and keeper talks about conservation in Central and South America.

Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest.

When: September 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much? Free.

For more information: 202-633-3045 or

Fiesta DC

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

Where: Parade on Constitution Avenue, between Seventh and 14th streets Northwest. Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Third and Seventh streets Northwest.

When: Parade on September 29, festival on September 30. (These are new dates; check website for updated hours.)

For more information:
202-390-2335 or

nuestra ciudad (Our city)

What: Music, dance and local artists.

Where: Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets Northwest.

When: September 29, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

How much? Free.

For more information: 202-633-8300 or

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day

What: Music, dancing, arts and crafts, film and food.

Where: National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue Northwest.

When: October 6, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How much? Free. (Reserved free tickets needed for screening of the Disney Pixar film “Coco.”)

For more information: 202-633-1000 or