Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries. Read more at the National Hispanic Heritage Month website.
Celebrate at your library! Our all-ages craft program, Just Craftin’ Around, will have a Hispanic Heritage Month theme in September. Join us at the Downtown Chandler Library on September 16 at 2 p.m. Celebrate with books by checking out our Hispanic Heritage Month booklist, featuring fiction, nonfiction and biography by and about Hispanic Americans. We also have DVDs - feature films and documentaries, in English and in Spanish.
The City of Chandler is proud to host the 18th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival , September 30 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. This year’s annual event features Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, joined by other popular Mariachi groups and dynamic folkloric dancers. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.