By Marlena Turner
It was in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson first proclaimed the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week, which would be expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. From September 15th to October 15th, National Hispanic Heritage month kicks off around the United States, and in the city of Atlanta with celebrations spreading out the entire month. With a thriving Hispanic community, Atlanta has many organizations dedicated to supporting Hispanic issues, providing a platform for inclusion, and preserving the history for future generations to come. From distinguished galas, parades, film festivals, or sporting events, Hispanic Heritage month in Atlanta is thrilling from beginning to end. Here are the best ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Atlanta.
Atlanta Braves Hispanic Heritage Game
755 Battery Avenue Southeast,
Atlanta, GA 30339
Date: Sept. 15, 2017 at 7:35 p.m.
Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at an Atlanta Braves game against the New York Met’s under the night sky and fireworks. The Atlanta Braves baseball team honors many of their Hispanic teammates with their annual recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. Enjoy your peanuts, crackerjacks, and hotdogs under the beautiful Atlanta skyline as you celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with family and friends at the Atlanta Braves baseball game.
The 6th Annual Georgia Latino Film Festival
Atlantic Station Complex
1380 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30363
Date: Sept. 21 through Sept. 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.
The Annual Georgia Latino film festival is a 4-day event dedicated to telling poignant latino and hispanic stories, giving them a voice and building awareness in the process. Aspiring directors, actors, writers, producers gather to show their amazingly talented work which enables them to obtain the same opportunities as other film professionals. Be prepared to be motivated, inspired, and captivated by the stellar production of some of the best and upcoming latino film makers that Atlanta has to offer at the annual Georgia Latino film festival.
Hispanic Heritage Luncheon
Marriott Atlanta Century Center/Emory Area
2000 Century Blvd. N.E.
Atlanta, GA, 30345
Date: Oct. 6, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.
Join GALEO and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund for their signature Hispanic Heritage month fundraising event. GALEO’s number one mission is to increase engagement and leadership within the latino and hispanic communities throughout Georgia. They also promote advocacy and awareness of latino and hispanic issues helping create a safe living environment for all latinos and hispanics within Georgia. This year’s luncheon will have Javier Diaz de Leon, Consul General of Mexico in Atlanta as their keynote speaker, along with a special book reading by Former State Senator, Sam Zamarripa reading from his debut book, “The Spectacle of Let: The Oliet and The Obit.”
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Latin Fever Festival
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
3315 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30326
Date: Oct. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Join the Latin Association of Atlanta for the premiere Hispanic Heritage Month event of the year. It’s their 29th Annual Latin Fever Ball, and this year’s theme is Carnavales. This also marks one of their largest fundraising events of the year with funds directly contributing to programs, services and support to empower Latinos in Georgia to achieve greatness as they follow their dreams and aspirations. This year’s event is presented by UPS, their leading sponsor for this years event. Put on your best Carnaval theme attire and get ready for the Hispanic Heritage must-attend event of the year.
Festival Peachtree Latino
521 Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: Aug. 27, 2017 at 7 a.m.
Each year Atlanta’s most historic park, Piedmont Park, holds the annual Festival Peachtree Latino celebrating Hispanic and Latin American culture within the city of Atlanta. This is a fun family-friendly event with attractions such as music, arts, crafts, food trucks, dancing and more. There’s always a full cultural display of Latin nations represented showing off what makes the Hispanic heritage so beautiful and rich with culture. As more details are unveiled about this year’s event, mark your calendars for an amazing event you won’t want to miss on the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month.