The Guide to Latino Heritage Month in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Facebook

Latino Heritage Month engages, inspires and highlights contributions made by the Latino community to our country, while connecting the global communities of Los Angeles, one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Taking place mid-September to mid-October, the first Latino Heritage Month Celebration in L.A. began in 2002 when the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) produced the first Latino Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide. Read on for highlights of events taking place in L.A. during Latino Heritage Month.

Los Angeles Feria de Salud (Sept. 23, 2018)

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) presents the National Feria de Salud on Sunday, September 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Placita Olvera, the home of Olvera Street. Families from across Los Angeles will gather for a day-long cultural festival focused on healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness while celebrating Latino cultural traditions. LULAC will provide a variety of health screenings, fun physical activity and healthy cuisine to celebrate Latino music, family, health and culture. The event is free and open to the public.

Entre Tinta y Lucha: 45 Years of Self Help Graphics & Art - Cal State L.A. (through Sept. 29, 2018)

Entre Tinta y Lucha celebrates the 45th anniversary of the East L.A. cultural and community art organization, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG). Featuring a display of over fifty fine art prints from throughout the organization’s history, the exhibition looks back at more than four decades of the organization’s artistic innovation and excellence, organizational resilience and expanded activity. Inspired by the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and the rise of printmaking as a legitimate art form during the same period, SHG was founded by Franciscan nun, Sister Karen Boccalero, and local Chicano artists Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibañez, and Frank Hernandez. Since its incorporation in 1973, SHG has produced over 1,000 art print editions, including 54 Atelier projects and exhibitions all over the world. The organization remains dedicated to the production, interpretation and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latinx artists; and its multidisciplinary, intergenerational programs promote artistic excellence and empower community by providing access to working space, tools, training and beyond.

Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology (Sept. 29, 2018 - Feb. 16, 2019)

Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology examines the transnational exchange and circulation of revolutionary and activist ideas through which political protest intersected with experimental artistic practices across generations, and between the U.S. and Mexico. On view at the Vincent Price Art Museum, the exhibition centers on three instances of political and cultural production, each called Regeneración, and the interconnected ideas and relationships between them. Tracing political and artistic modes of cultural production rooted in counter-hegemonic practices within Latino communities in Los Angeles in the 20th century, Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology aims to shed light on nuanced aspects of Southern California’s regional history.

Graffiti Artist Panel - Central Library (Sept. 30, 2018)

Library branches throughout L.A. are hosting Latino Heritage Month events. Taking place at at the landmark Central Library on Sunday, Sept. 30, the Graffiti Artist Panel will discuss how contemporary L.A. graffiti artists have gone from creating temporary works of street art to permanent and important “marks" on society. Through books, installation of permanent murals, and original canvas works collected by private individuals and important institutions alike, graffiti has become an art form that exists beyond the short-lived nature of street tags. The panel will be curated by Man One and Scott "Sourdough" Power (Crewest Studio founders and hosts of the Not Real Art podcast) and will feature graffiti artists Chaz Bojorquez, Petal, AiseBorn, and Zoueh.

Following the panel discussion, there will be a book signing of Man One’s first picture book, Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix, which is currently receiving national awards and accolades for its colorful and original illustration work. RSVP for this free event at Eventbrite.

Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda - Craft & Folk Art Museum (Sept. 30, 2018 – January 6, 2019)

The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda, the first museum installation by the Bronx native. Now based in Los Angeles, Cepeda is a photographer and fiber sculptor whose immersive works feature domestic spaces covered in brightly colored faux fur. As a first-generation American woman of Dominican heritage, her faux fur tableaux act as soft spaces for black and brown people who feel unprotected by American public life and policies. Daydreaming is a site-specific, interactive installation that portrays Cepeda’s daydream of a safe and happy childhood mixed with the loud palette of New York bodegas, living rooms in the Dominican Republic, and freshly painted acrylic nails.


The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 17th annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival featuring live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, and special activities. This weekend festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of Latino cultures through song, dance, art, and cultural displays. Mariachi music, Mexican folkloric and Aztec dance troupes, interactive mural painting, Salvadoran dance, Guatemalan performances, and other special programs are featured. Guests can also learn more about the amazing animals of Baja, Mexico and how to help protect them.

45th Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition - Self Help Graphics (Oct. 4 - Dec. 31, 2018)

Each year, Self Help Graphics selects an artist to create a limited edition serigraph to commemorate the year’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration and to curate a group exhibition based on that year’s theme. 2018’s commemorative print will be created by Artist in Residence Dewey Tafoya. The title of the exhibition is How We Remember and How We Survive. The artists in the exhibition include Michael Alvarez, Nani Chacon, Ofelia Esparza, Jennifer Gutierrez-Morgan, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Tanya Melendrez, Dalila Paola Mendez, Ami Montevalli, Noni Olabisi, Cruz Ortiz, Zeke Peña, Jose Sotelo and Miyo Stevens-Gandara.

The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona - Geffen Playhouse (through Oct. 7, 2018)

In the rich literary tradition of magical realism and inspired by Dante’s Inferno, The Untranslatable Secrets of Nikki Corona is a brand new play by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and Obie Award-winning playwright José Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot). Directed by Drama Desk Award winner and Geffen alum Jo Bonney (By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, Cost of Living), this stunning world premiere suggests that with love, all things are possible.

Muertos Art Walk - Olvera Street (Oct. 6, 2018)

Taking place from 10am to 7pm at Olvera Street, the Muertos Art Walk will bring together artists from the greater Los Angeles community and create awareness for the work being done by OSMAF to keep cultural traditions alive in Los Angeles. Featuring more than 30 local artists selling original artwork, clothing, jewelry, face painting and more.

Photo courtesy of Feria de los Moles, Facebook

La Feria de los Moles - Grand Park (Oct. 7, 2018)

Now in its 11th year, La Feria de los Moles was founded in Los Angeles in October 2008 by Pedro Ramos, a native of Puebla, Mexico. La Feria de los Moles is dubbed the "largest Mexican food festival in the U.S." and is expected to welcome 30,000 guests to Grand Park from 10am - 6pm on Sunday, October 7. Admission is free, plates of mole start at $10.


Grammy® Award winners La Santa Cecilia - who blend Pan-American rhythms of cumbia, bossa nova, and bolero with rock, ska, and R&B - kick off the LA Phil's World Music series with their Muerto Boogie Tour, as part of LA Fest, which is focused on the Los Angeles global music mix.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - OLVERA STREET (Oct. 25 - Nov. 2, 2018)

For over 30 years, the merchants on Olvera Street have celebrated Dia de los Muertos aka Day of the Dead. The celebration has evolved to incorporate the pre-Columbian, Aztec, Mayan and Catholic rituals surrounding death. Each night, a vibrant and colorful procession sets the stage for the ceremony. Dia de los Muertos is not a time to mourn our loved ones, rather it's to remember the lives they led and the many things they enjoyed during that life. Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street is the only celebration of its kind in Los Angeles – a nine-day festival with altars on display, children’s workshops, face painting, and entertainment.

South of No North: Gato Negro Ediciones (through Dec. 9, 2018)

Building on the legacy of radical independent publishing in Mexico, Gato Negro Ediciones, led by activist designer León Muñoz Santini, creates and produces uniquely identifiable books across genres including art, photography, poetry, political discourse, and new editions of classic texts of resistance. With a tightly focused design program of limited Risograph editions, Gato Negro is becoming recognized as a voice at once singularly Mexican and internationally relevant within art-book publishing. Working from the center of the vibrant art and design scene in Mexico City, Gato Negro will present a dynamic installation of Risograph prints based on their books, including new work, and marking their first museum exhibition in Los Angeles. South of No North is curated by Sebastian Clough, Director of Exhibitions, Fowler Museum.

INK: Stories on Skin - MOLAA (through Feb. 3, 2019)

This exhibition will unite multiple local histories—of Long Beach, the Pike Amusement Park district, the US Navy, LA Chicano culture and tattoo art. Through the personal stories of six community members, INK: Stories on Skin will shed light on how tattoo art is an integral part of the historical and cultural fabric of Los Angeles. MOLAA will demonstrate tattoo art as a relevant, multicultural art form, not only in Southern California, but throughout the world.