Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

national Hispanic heritage monthToday marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month followed, closely by Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16th(tomorrow). This gives us the opportunity and pleasure to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our culture and celebrate their culture….for a whole month!

Not sure how to how to celebrate? From food and drinks, to music and art festivals, there is something for the whole family to participate in throughout the entire month.  Here are WineStraws’ top picks of things to do in California to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 (September 15-October 15) – and the best part is, most of them are free:

Mexican Independence Parade in East LA

Street parade at 10:30 am followed by a street festival on Mednik between Cesar E. Chavez and First from 11am-6pm.

When: Sept 10, 2011, parade begins at 10:30 am
Where: Along Cesar Chavez Ave from Lorena to Mednik in East Los Angeles
Cost: Free
Info: www.cmcpla.com

Fiesta Patrias in Santa Ana

200,000 people show up to this street party on 4th Street, in the heart of Santa Ana, to get their groove on to top Latin performers.
When: Sept 17-18, 2011, 11 am – 10 pm, parade 4 pm Sunday
Where: 4th Street from Broadway to Minter, Santa Ana, CA
Cost: Free
Info: www.santa-ana.org

Latin American Parade & Festival in Long Beach

Latin food from various countries, art exhibits, vendor booths, salsa dance performances and lessons, live music and exhibitions for the whole family.
When: Sat Sept 10, 2011, parade at 3 pm, festival 3-9 pm
Where: Parade begins at 6th and Pine Ave in Downtown Long Beach and ends with festival at 1st and Elm.
Cost: Free
Info: http://www.downtownlongbeach.org

Aquarium of the Pacific Baja Splash Cultural Festival

The Aquarium’s festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and features dance & music performances, bilingual environmental programs, arts & crafts, and more.
When: Sat-Sun Sept 24-25, 2011 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $24.95 Adult, $24.95 Senior (62+), $12.95 Child (3-11)
Info: www.aquariumofpacific.org,             (562) 590-3100

Fiesta in su Casa!

Not feeling the crowds?  Or maybe just want to keep the party going on a non-event day?  Host your own fiesta, and include some favorite traditional dishes, drinks (our favorite is sangria), some awesome Latin music, and maybe even a piñata (not after too much sangria!). No matter what your ethnicity, don’t forget to toast to the amazing contributions we have all received from the Hispanic and Latino Heritage culture.  Olé!

Cheers and Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from WineStraws… What are you doing to celebrate?

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