Hispanic Heritage Month

About Hispanic Heritage Month

Over 17% of our county’s population has roots in El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, Chile, Guatemala, or one of the many other nations in the Spanish-speaking world. As Prince George’s County grows and changes, we want to celebrate the amazing diversity of art and culture that people of Hispanic or Latin descent have added to the rich tapestry of our neighborhoods.

Each year, from September 15 to October 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, dance, and art exhibitions throughout the County. At our Opening Reception on Thursday, September 29th at the Prince George's Publick Playhouse, you'll enjoy an evening of art, live music, delicious cuisine and fun activities suitable for all ages! 

Click on any of the three tabs below to learn more about our many offerings for 2022 and join us for this exciting month-long celebration of Hispanic heritage in Prince George's County! 

The 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster

This year, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County once again partnered with Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Hyattsville to lead a teen artists internship to created the county's official Hispanic Heritage Poster. 

Learn more about the artists and see this year’s poster

2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Programs

  1. Sep 11 - 20
  2. Sep 21 - Oct 3
  3. Oct 4 - 16

Sunday, September 11. 1–4 pm 

Running of the Bull (Dogs) 

Leading up to "Salsa Under the Sun", a Hispanic heritage celebration, we are inviting members of the community to bring out their perros (dogs) for a fun run/walk. We will have giveaways and goodies for the dogs (and the humans). After the run/walk, stick around for a celebration with music, games, food, and much more! 
All ages
FREE 
Fairwood Community Park. 12390 Fairwood Parkway. Bowie, MD 20720 
Register on Parks Direct, Activity #: LKPCC-SPEC-GA-20220911 
For more information contact 301-464-3725 

Sunday, September 11. 14 pm

Salsa Under the Sun

Enjoy live music, folkloric dances, children & teen activities, and food truck. 
All ages
FREE
Fairwood Community Park. 12390 Fairwood Parkway. Bowie, MD 20720
Registration is not required
For more information contact 301-464-3725

Monday, September 12. 6–7:30 pm

Spicy Latin Rhythms: Intro to Zumba Dance Class

Learn the basics of Latin dance styles including salsa, reggaetón and cumbia in this dynamic social dance class.
Ages 18 and up
FREE
Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. 8001 Sheriff Rd. Landover, MD 20785
Registration is not required
For more information contact 301-583-2400

Tuesday, September 13 – Friday, November 4. 
(Open 10 am–4 pm, Monday – Friday)

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Art Exhibition:  Fran Oviedo

Thursday, September 29. 6–8 pm

Public Reception for the Artist 

In this exhibition, Fran Oviedo’s paintings allude to her native country of Chile, where she lived for much of her life. However, being that her work is abstract landscapes and, in some cases, reaching complete abstraction, the viewer can be transported anywhere in the world or from their imagination. Oviedo’s works largely reflect her inner, optimistic, and adventurous world, and that gets further influenced by particular situations she is in.
All ages
FREE
Publick Playhouse. 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly, MD 20784
Registration is not required
For more information contact 301-277-1710

Wednesday, September 14. 12 pm

Latin Dance with Carolina Hernandez  

Ready to learn some new moves or dust off your dance skills? Join us for a Latin Dance workshop, led by choreographer and dance instructor Carolina Hernandez. She will take you through salsa, bachata, and merengue moves that will get your heart pumping. No experience needed. 
Ages 18 and up
FREE  
Harmony Hall Arts Center. 10701 Livingston Road. Fort Washington, MD 20744
Register on Parks Direct: Activity # HHAC-SPEC-GA-20220914
For more information contact 301-203-6070

Thursday, September 15 – Monday, October 17. 
(Open 10 am–4 pm daily except Tuesdays & Wednesdays)

Montpelier’s Story Stroll: Llámame Árbol/Call Me Tree, Written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzales

Outdoor activity, weather permitting – Families follow a path of signs with pages and read a bilingual (English and Spanish) story that encourages confidence, self-care and teamwork. Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol encourages children to grow strong in spirit, be comfortable with themselves, and treasure the natural world. Each sign includes English and Spanish translations along with yoga pose illustrations to promote balance and grounding. 
Ages 6 and under
FREE
Montpelier House Museum. 9650 Muirkirk Road. Laurel, Md, 20708
Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome
For more information contact 301-377-7817, montpeliermansion@pgparks.com

Sunday, September 18. 14 pm

Fall Fiesta

Enjoy live music, folkloric dances, children & teen activities, and food truck. 
All ages
FREE
Lake Arbor Community Center. 10100 Lake Arbor Way. Mitchellville, MD 20721
Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome
For more information contact 301-772-5563

Online  Presentations from Past Hispanic Heritage Month Programs

Virtual Programs from 2020

Looking for videos from our 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month presentations? 2020 was a year like no other, and our programs were limited while many of our sites were temporarily closed in observance of social distancing guidelines. But, we still had great things to share! Check them out on our YouTube page.

Unveiling the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Poster

In 2021, the Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County partnered with Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center to lead a teen artists internship that created the county's official Hispanic Heritage Poster. Follow the link below to see the poster and learn more about the artists, their instructor, and their experience.

Watch the 2021 poster unveiling on YouTube