Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Philly, beginning with Dine Latino Restaurant Week.
Though this should be a no-brainer daily occurrence, Philadelphia reserves its September through October 15 as a love fest for this city’s multi-ethnic Hispanic Heritage Month with a stop, across the next several days, at Dine Latino Week.
While the annual city dine and deal (free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two meals) scheduled eat fest of the area’s finest Latin-based restaurants can be found here (in tandem with the Philly Chamber of Commerce’s blessing), the varied location Hispanic Heritage Month holds a slew of offerings, the swell of history and a tip of the iceberg’s sense as to what the Hispanic means to, and builds for, Philly.
World Café Live’s ongoing Latin music coverage waits until October for its Viernes Calientes Dance Party with De Tierra Caliente on October 7 in The Lounge. Before that date, there is the Latin American book fair taking up residence at LOVE Park on September 23, followed up by the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade – subtitled “The Puerto Rican Dreamers” – on September 25 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Then, at the Esperanza Arts Center on North 5th Street on October 6, the music of Cuba is celebrated with iConexiones! Featuring hosts/musicians Orchestra 2001 again tackling its annual series through Teatro Esperanza this year featuring orchestral and chamber music by Cuban composers such as Ernesto Abelardo Valdés (“Almendra”), Tania León (“Toque”), Ileana Pérez Velázquez (“Zunzun”), Leo Brouwer interpreting Juan Leovigildo Brouwer Mezquida’s “Sones y Danzones, III” and jazz man Paquito D’Rivera’s “Preludio y Merengue.”
Do this, Philly.