National Hispanic Heritage Month

Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Denver

September 16, 2021

Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It begins on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico, Chile, and Belize also observe their independence during National Hispanic Heritage Month (on Sept. 16, 18, and 21, respectively). 

CU Denver is deeply committed to becoming an equity-serving institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), as outlined in our 2030 strategic plan goals, which makes this month that more important to our campus community. 

Whether you’re a student, faculty, staff member, or alumni, there are several ways to celebrate this month in the lively city of Denver that we call home. Below are events to put on your calendar. 

Latin Fashion Week Colorado 

Created to honor the rich diversity in the Latino community, Latin Fashion Week Colorado showcases the work of fashion designers and artists on a national and international level. Be ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind celebration of colors, textures, savors, and delights on-and-off the runway, the event’s website boasts. 

When: Sept. 24 – 30

Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St.

Courtesy Latin Fashion Week Colorado 2021

Alebrije: Xólotl

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, the Denver Botanic Gardens will host a monumental sculpture by contemporary Mexican artist Óscar Becerra. Standing nearly 15 feet tall, this sculpture is an alebrije—a hybrid creature from Mexican folklore featuring the tail, wings, horns, and claws from a variety of animals. 

When: Oct. 2 – Nov. 7

Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street

Courtesy Denver Botanic Gardens

SMOKING MIRRORS: Visual Histories of Identity, Resistance, and Resilience

Curated by the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project, the exhibit will honor the Colorado Chicano, a tradition of using public art and murals in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in U.S. society.

When: Oct. 14 – Feb. 26, 2022

Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive 

Courtesy Museo De Las Americas