Philadelphia University will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events, including Latin food, tango classes and a Mural Arts tour, to be held between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the culture and histories of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The celebration begins Sept. 15, the day that five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — achieved independence in 1821. Heritage Month also includes the independence days of both Mexico and Chile on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively, and El Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) on Oct. 12.
Philadelphia University’s Hispanic Heritage Month events include:
Hispanic Heritage Book Display
Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
Paul J. Gutman Library
Check out the work of Latino writers and expand your knowledge of traditions, customs and issues facing this growing population.
Latin Lunch and Dinner Series
Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
The Common Thread/Ravenhill Dining Hall
Get a taste of traditional Latino dishes, including such treats as empanadas, plantains, yucca and chorizo, by stopping by The Common Thread and Ravenhill Dining Hall. Select Tuesdays and Thursdays for lunch at The Common Thread and select Wednesdays and Thursdays for dinner at Ravenhill Dining Hall.
Mexico Independence Festival
Sunday, Sept. 16; 1 to 7 p.m.
Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
Celebrating the birth of a free country, the Mexico Independence Festival has become a tradition for Philadelphia’s Latino community. Visitors will find dancing, music, food, crafts and much more! Organized by Philadelphia’s Mexican Cultural Center, the festival will celebrate Mexico’s rich culture and offer entertainment for all ages. Stop by Kanbar 317 for free SEPTA tokens; limited to the first 15 students. Event is FREE!
“Guac This Way” Meet-and-Eat
Mondays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 15
Kanbar Campus Center, Room 317
Please stop by the Student Development office to meet our newest staff members. Chips and dip will be on hand.
Tango Club Meetings
Thursdays; 9 to 10 p.m.
Come and learn how to tango!
“Salsa and Salsa” Meet-and-Eat
Fridays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 12
Kanbar Information Desk
Please stop by the Kanbar Info Desk to meet the building managers. Chips and dip will be on hand, and there will be salsa music playing in the background to get you moving and grooving.
Mural Arts Tour
Saturday, Sept. 22; 9:30 a.m.
Meet at Ram Statue on Main Campus
Take a trolly ride and explore the magnificent murals of Philadelphia. Sign up in advance online. FREE!
Milonga: Argentine Tango Party
Saturday, Sept. 22; 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Join us for a FREE dance party and show off your moves!
Authentic Spanish Tapas Style Cuisine
Sunday, Sept. 23; 12 to 2 p.m.
Amada Restaurant, Philadelphia
Enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine at the beautiful Amada Restaurant. Tickets are $10 (worth $30) in the Student Activities Office on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Latino Family Celebration Night with the Phillies
Tuesday, Sept. 25; 7:05 p.m.
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Enjoy a night at the ballpark! Be a part of the 11th annual Latino Family Celebration at Citizens Bank Park while you watch the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Washington Nationals. Sign up in advance in Kanbar 317. Cost is $5 per person; limited to the first 25 people.
Dia de Familia (Family Day)
Saturday, Sept. 29; 12 p.m.
Your family is encouraged to join us as we celebrate homecoming. Activities include soccer games, carnival-style games run by many campus clubs and organizations and the revealing of the new Royal Ram King and Queen.
Latin Dancing Lessons
Saturday, Sept. 29; 4 to 6 p.m.
Want to learn how to Latin dance? Take advantage of this opportunity brought to you by PhilaU’s own Tango Club. Attendees will be taught the basic history and steps of two popular Latin dance styles. There will be plenty of time to learn and socialize. To reserve your spot choose the “Latin Dance” option on your homecoming registration or email StudentActivities@philau.edu. This event is FREE!
Puerto Rican Day Parade
Sunday, Sept. 30; 12 to 5 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Join thousands of spectators on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Philadelphia’s 50th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, with host Daisy Maria Martinez of the popular Food Network show Viva Daisy! Enjoy a day of dancing, music and incredible floats. Stop by Kanbar 317 for free SEPTA tokens; limited to the first 15 students. Event is FREE!
Day of Service
Friday, Oct. 19
Volunteer to help those living in the surrounding community, with many opportunities to work with Latino/Latina organizations. Stop by Kanbar 317 for more information.