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What is Hispanic Heritage Month?  Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by recognizing and celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

When Did It Start?  The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.

How big is the U.S. Hispanic population? Almost a fifth of the total U.S. population is Hispanic, according to the Pew Research Center.  At a population of 57 million, they are the second-fastest growing racial or ethnic group behind Asians.

What about in Davidson County?   The Hispanic population is projected to be 34% of Davidson County in the year 2040; up from 10% in the 2010 Census (source:NashvilleNext)

How do I experience more of Nashville’s Hispanic and global community? 

  1. Celebrate Cultures


Centennial Park, Nashville TN

In a city where one in six residents is foreign–born, the Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival is not only one of Nashville’s favorite and most vibrant festivals, but also a celebration and reminder of what makes Nashville a great place to live. This FREE Festival provides an opportunity for intercultural dialogue through a Nashville festival experience and features a variety of dance and musical performances on different stages, food vendors offering authentic and exotic tastes from around the world, hands-on children’s activities, an area just for teens, a marketplace, and so much more!

2. El Día de los Muertos

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 am – 5 pm
Free for 17 and under

El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is one of the most important celebrations in Mexico and Latin America. The festivals, known for their colorful decorations, energetic music, and elaborate displays, demonstrate the culture’s strong sense of love and respect for ancestors while celebrating the continuance of life. Each year, Cheekwood brings the traditions of Mexico and Latin America to Nashville with a festival that includes traditional music and dance, vibrant art activities, and authentic cuisine. Visitors will learn about the culture of our Latin American neighbors while exploring beautiful altar displays and shopping in the marketplace.