Friday, September 23, 2011

Central Florida Hispanic Heritage Month 2011

Although Hispanic Heritage Month ends in the middle of October, here are some remaining events showcasing Latin culture around Central Florida through the end of next month:

El Sentinel's 10th Anniversary Latin Jazz Concert
Saturday, September 24th, 3:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Lake Concord Park, Casselberry
  • Free
  • Jazz concert including guitar, saxophone, and vocal performances.  Activities for kids, food vendors, and art exhibits. 

Fiesta de Coquí

Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th, 10:00am to 5:00pm
  • Central Florida Zoo, Sanford
  • Zoo Admission (Adult $12.95, Kids $8.95)
  • Puerto Rican celebration with music, food, dancing, crafts, and art centered around the legend of the coquí frog.

Latina Style
Fashion Show

Thursday, October 6th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  •  Business-fashions and makeup demonstrations
Friday, October 14th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Sterling Global Gallery at the Plaza, Orlando
  • HCCMO Members $55, Non-Members $75
  • Food, spirit, and wine tasting from Latin American and Spain.  Silent auction and live entertainment.

Latin Food & Wine Festival - Grand Tasting
Saturday, October 15th, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
  • Free
  • Food and drink vendors showcasing Latin cuisine, cooking demonstrations, and live entertainment.

Festival Calle Orange
Sunday, October 23rd, 11:00am to ?
  • Orange Avenue, Orlando (entrance on Livingston)
  • Adult $15, Kids under 10 Free
  • 10 blocks of Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando will be closed off for the five stages that will feature over 40 musical guests from the US and Latin America.  There will also be food stands, vendors, dancing, and kids activities. 

While researching these events, I also came across some good websites for the Latin community in Central Florida.  One is the all-Spanish Orlando en Español, which lists services, classifieds, and other resources for Spanish-speakers in and around Orlando (still under construction it looks like).  If you haven't already, check out Hispanosphere, an Orlando Sentinel blog in English about news in the Latin community, as well as the Sentinel's Spanish-language counterpart, El Sentinel.

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