Updated! Hispanic Heritage Events in Georgia 2016

america-latina-map-flagsHispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th across the country.  Friendly reminder that Latin America is divided in several regions:  Mexico in North America, Central America, The Caribbean and South America. We come from over 20 countries!!

So, how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Georgia?

Here are some ideas:

  • Read about the Mexican Cession to better understand how the border crossed us, we did not cross any border.  By understanding history, we understand and appreciate the present.
  • Learn about the many contributions of Latinos/Hispanics to US, click on the link for some examples
  • Read a book from a Latin American author and look up the author and his/her life
  • Go out and try different Latin American foods.  Prefer Hispanic owned small restaurants (no Chipotle, please)
  • Attend and support one of the many events taking place in Georgia.

To help with the last idea, we have gathered a list of events and activities opened to the public that honor Hispanic/Latino contributions to the country and/or raise funds to benefit Latino serving non-profit organizations and their work in the community.

Marked with a (*) are recommended events, events that showcase the diversity of our community or grass-roots events.

We hope you invest your time and resources in one or many of the events below!


Sept. 10th – Festival del Sabor Latino – CLILA Dalton (*). An annual event featuring food and snacks from many Latin American countries.  Food is prepared by both restaurants and individuals

Sept. 11th – Mi Tierra, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage – YoSoyM.(*)  An international journey of music and dance representing all Latin American regions and starting off with the US National Anthem sanged by an upcoming local talent.  Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean and South America will be represented

Sept. 15th -Atlanta Latino Fashion Week – The Atlanta Fashion Group, LLC.  An opportunity for Hispanic designers to showcase their collections.

Sept. 16th – Visiones, InRoads Fundraiser.  The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.

Sept. 17th – GALEO Citizenship Day / FREE  (*) Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the New Americans Campaign – Atlanta partners will sponsor the “Fall Citizenship Day 2016,” a single-day workshop providing FREE legal assistance to Legal Permanent Residents (green card holders) who are eligible to apply to become United States citizens.

Sept. 17th – Tri-City Latino Festival in Columbus, GA (*) A festival that brings awareness and education to the tri-city area by celebrating the diversity within the Latino cultures in the community

Sept. 17th – Gateway Internatinal Food and Music Festival. A festival showcasing an artist market, performers, art and food diversity from Gwinnett County.

Sept. 18th – Mexican Independence Day Celebration – Plaza Fiesta.  An annual festival at the top Hispanic mall in Atlanta.

Sept. 18th – Latino LGBTQ volunteer action committee meeting – Latino LinQ. Interesting, fun and focused meeting on planning educational workshops, information, fundraising and other activities. The Action Committee meets 3PM-5PM on the third Sunday of each month at the offices of CETPA, 6010 Dawson Blvd., Suite B, Norcross, GA 30093.

Sept. 20th – Georgia Latino Film Festival. This annual film festival features Latino directed, produced and acted films among other national and international entries

Sept. 23rd – Farmworkers Health Project Fundraiser. cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment to celebrate 20 years of offering compassionate care to the migrant farmworkers in South Georgia, featuring U.S. Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera.

Sept. 24th – La Amistad Annual Gala – La Amistad.  Fundraiser supporting the organization’s mission of preparing Latino students and families for success through academic and life enrichment programs.

Sept. 24th – Health Fair, Portal de Salud / FREE.  Free health screenings and prevention information

Sept. 26th – GHCC Golf Tournament.  Annual fundraiser for the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Sept. 29th – LACC Georgia Latino Business Summit. Hosted by the Latin American Chamber of Commerce – Georgia, the summit fosters and encourages the development and growth of Latino businesses in Georgia by making valuable connections, exploring opportunities for growth and by offering access to the industry’s best practices and tools in and educational setting.

Sept. 30th – Hispanic Heritage Luncheon, GALEO (*)The 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon is one of the principle fundraising events for GALEO & the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund.

Oct. 1st – Latin Fever Ball, The LAA.  The largest fundraiser for The Latin American Association that provides family services, youth programs and legal services to Latinos

Oct. 2nd -Buford Highway International Half-Marathon (10K, 5K or 2-mile stroll). Created by a fundraising company, this event showcases the divesity of Doraville, Brookhaven and Chamblee.

Oct. 2nd – VidaFest Christian Festival @ Sugar Hill Park Amphitheater. Produced by Vida Atlanta and Blue Point Entertainment, the festival offers free entrance, Christina music and refreshments.

Oct. 8th – TEA Walk (Together Empowering All) CPACS / FREE (*). A celebration of diversity in the largest empowerment walk in the south east.  Enjoy traditional dances, music, a community fair and a 2 mile walk along one of the most diverse corridors in the country, Buford Highway

Oct. 8th – Feria de Salud – Bartow Hispanic Center / FREE. Health screenings, information for the Hispanic community, and entertainment.

Oct. 14th – Celebrating Our Heritage 2016 – Ser Familia (*) Fundraiser for the many family supporting programs of Ser Family. Enjoy a variety of gourmet foods prepared by renowned Atlanta chefs, wine and beer tasting, entertainment, Latin-american art and many surprises.

Oct. 30th – Day of the Dead (*) Organized by the Atlanta History Center. A showcase of the tradition of “Dia de los Muertos from Mexico. FREE entrance.

Let me know if you have comments, questions or would like to submit your event! gigi@latinoconnectionga.com


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Gilda (Gigi) Pedraza

Executive Director and Founder Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia) Social Entrepreneur, Community Advocate, Latina, Mom, Wife. Lover of Life.

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