It’s fiesta time! The events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the Jacksonville area

Hispanic Heritage Month. (Graham Media Group)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hispanic Heritage Month is here, and Jacksonville residents will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate at events across the area.

The national celebration, which runs from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15, aims to embrace the rich history and culture of American citizens who have ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.

Jacksonville has a large Hispanic population, and it is rapidly growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2021, the Latino population represented 10.9% of the total population in Jacksonville. Furthermore, the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says the Hispanic Community grows by about 5% every year.

To make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and the amazing opportunity to learn more about this growing community, News4JAX has compiled a list of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations:

La Ruta Del Sabor / Tour of Flavors on Sept. 16 from 6-9 p.m.

If you are a foodie, then you can’t miss out on this event hosted by the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This event will feature authentic Latino and Hispanic beverages and cuisine. Attendants will also get to enjoy handmade art pieces and great music.

Tour of Flavors will take place at Jardín on Park located at 2594 Park St. in Jacksonville.

Tour of Flavors will feature Latin American gastronomy. (First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

TOGETHER on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MOSH Passport Series, in partnership with First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a day-long event that will feature local Hispanic vendors, Latin American cuisine, a discussion panel with local artists, and more.

The event will take place at the Museum of Science & History located at 1025 Museum Circle in Jacksonville.

Together presented by MOSH (Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville)

Jumbo Shrimp Community Event on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

Join the Jumbo Shrimp in celebrating the legacy and 89th birthday of player Roberto Clemente. This special night presented by Florida Blue and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will also kick off the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with special guest DJ Mas Appeal, who will be playing Hispanic Heritage-themed music during the game and for the fireworks soundtrack.

The community event will take place at the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium located at 301 A Philip Randolph Blvd. in Jacksonville.

Second Annual Taste of Latino Festival on Sept 16th from 12-5 p.m.

Get ready to dance and enjoy live music at the Second Annual Taste of Latino Festival. This free community event will feature cultural performances and leadership awards. Plus, attendees will be able to get a taste of the best Cuban sandwiches and empanadas.

The event will take place at Brooks YMCA located at 10423 Centurion Pkwy N. in Jacksonville.

Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!

Jacksonville Taste of Latino Festival. (Jacksonville Taste of Latino Festival)

Viva La Fiesta Jax 2023 on Oct. 14 from 4-10 p.m.

Viva La Fiesta Jax is Jacksonville’s only Hispanic festival, and this year it is celebrating its 5th anniversary,

This year’s headliner is salsa legend Charlie Aponte who will also be singing some of his hits with the band El Gran Combo.

Viva La Fiesta Jax 2023 is a free community event presented by the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and will be held at James Weldon Park located at 135 W Monroe St in Jacksonville.

Viva La Fiesta Jax (Yaya Productions, Viva La Fiesta)

19th Gainesville Latino Film Festival from Sept. 14 to Sept. 24

Latina Women’s League Presents: 19th Gainesville Latino Film Festival, a free cultural community event that will highlight Latino movies, music, and dance.

Some of the featured movies include Disney’s Coco and Encanto.

Click on this link to access the list of featured movies and cultural events with locations and times.

2023 Voces Hispanas “New Stories to Tell” on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites the community to this exhibit to recognize, honor, and celebrate the legacy of Hispanic leaders in Northeast Florida.

Oral historian Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi is the founder of this oral history project that started in 2021. The goal for this year is to get at least 100 testimonies from Hispanic local leaders. At last count, the collection numbers were close to 70.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about our Hispanic leaders who have made a positive impact in the community!

The event will be held at Jacksonville City Hall located at 117 W. Duval St. in Jacksonville.

Voces Hispanas (FCHCC)

Florida Blue Hispanic Celebration on Sept. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Florida Blue Jacksonville is inviting the community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with several fun activities that aim to embrace the Hispanic culture.

Bring your national costume or an element that represents your country, and join this celebration that will be full of music, dancing, and games.

The celebration will be held at the Florida Blue Center located at 4855 Town Center Pkwy in Jacksonville.

Click here for more information (Spanish) and RSVP:

Somos DUUUVAL! Hispanic Heritage Celebration at Jaguars vs. Texans game on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

The Jaguars and the National Football League will be hosting a special Hispanic Heritage Month celebration during their upcoming game against the Texans at the Everbank Stadium.

At the game, the Jaguars are donating more than 325 tickets to Hispanic community leaders, nonprofits, and families. Plus, the halftime show will feature Venezuela Marka, a traditional Venezuelan dance group, that will be bringing the Hispanic culture to thousands of Jaguars fans.

Click here to learn more about all of the Hispanic Heritage Month events hosted by the Jaguars.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month during their game against the Texans on Sept. 24 (Jaguars)

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About the Author:

Marcela joined News4JAX in 2023. She grew up in Mexico and eventually moved to California to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist. Now, she is a proud San Diego State University alumna who has many years of experience in TV and digital journalism.