Latino (Hispanic) Heritage Month

Nationally known as Hispanic Heritage Month, Minneapolis celebrates Latino Heritage Month September 15 through October 15, 2019. Check out the events, businesses and restaurants where you can celebrate and support the Latino community and enrichment of Minneapolis’ culture.

Art Studios

Ricardo Levins Morales Art Studio
Artwork with a focus on social justic created by Ricardo Levins Morales over years to encourage the laughter, hope, love and anger that move us toward a better world. The shop also produces custom buttons at bulk prices – your design or ours!

Electric Machete Studios
Twin Cities artist-run art & music collective production house featuring the work of Latinx and Xicanx artists Indigenous to las Ámericas.

Zinnia Folk Arts of Mexico
Collections of authentic Mexican gifts and jewelry


Mercado Central: houses 35 businesses from all across Mexico, Central and South American including shops and eats!
• Food: 11 restaurants with authentic Mexican food and flavors
• Shopping: 16 shops with traditional and daily use products

Midtown Global Market: internationally-themed public market featuring various stops for Hispanic cuisine

Lake Plaza: A market with shopping for all types of needs, including apparel, footwear, jewelry, and great food.

Marissa’s Supermarket: Mexican market and bakery

Restaurants & Breweries

Adelita’s Mexican Restaurant: Mexican cuisine

Café Ena: Pan-Latin cuisine

Centro at Popol Vuh: Casual Mexican cuisine

Chimborazo: Ecuadorian and Andean foods

Cocina Latina: Ecuadorian, Colombian and Mexican specialties

Conga Latin Bistro: Latin American cuisine

Costa Blanca Bistro: Spanish cuisine

El Taco Riendo: Mexican staples

El Nuevo Rodeo: Mexican cuisine

Hambuergesas el Gordo: Authentic street tacos and burgers with northern flavor

La Alborada: Mexican restaurant and market

La Colonia Restaurant: Colombian and Ecuadorian dishes/cuisine

La Doña Cervecería: a unique brewery, taproom and entertainment space fusing Latin culture and The North (Minnesota!) - opening October 2018!

La Fresca: Authentic Mexican Nouveau cuisine

La Loma Tamales: Caterer and business that specializes in tamales

Los Andes Restaurant: Ecuadorian, Peruvian and Colombian cuisine

Los Ocampo: Mexican cuisine

Manny’s Tortas: Traditional Mexican cuisine (Mercado Central and Midtown Global Market)

Martina: Modern Argentinian cuisine

Maya Cuisine: Mexican cuisine

Nico’s Taco & Tequila Bar: Authentic street tacos

Pancho Villa: Authentic Latin-American cuisine

Popol Vuh: Elevated Mexican cuisine

Rincon 38: Spanish cuisine

Sonora Grill: South American and Spanish cuisine 

Taco Taxi: Mexican dishes/cuisine, Jalisco-style

Tinto Kitchen: Latin inspired cuisine 

Victor’s 1959 Café: Cuban café


Mexican Independence Day on Lake Street

September 15th, 2019
Lake Street

Mexican Independence day Festival features a parade, Mexican music, folkloric dancers, carnival rides, prize drawings, children's activities, community resources exhibit, information booths, crafts, food, merchandise, and much more!

El Festival del Día de la Independencia de México se festeja en Lake Street Mpls MN. Presentacion desfile, música mexicana, bailarines folklóricos, juegos mecánicos, sorteos de premios, actividades para niños, exhibición de recursos comunitarios, mesas deinformación, artesanías, comida, mercadería y mucho más!

Pre-Fiesta to Selena Movie

September 15th, 2019

El Burrito Mercado

Join El Burrito Mercado for a pre-party in their cantina before the 7:30pm Selena Movie at Parkway Theater!

The award winning midwest up & coming performers Michael d'Fernandez and Jolette Rivera will sing from 5:30-7:30pm! Plus grab some happy hour drink and food specials AND their elotes (roasted corn stand) will be there too!

It's also a kick off to Hispanic Heritage Month, Viva Mexico! No reservations, first come first serve!

(NOTE: You can also order food to go and take it with you into the theater!)

Selena (1997) // Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off

September 15th, 2019
Doors open at 6:30pm
The Parkway Theater

Kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month with a special screening this celebration of Selena Quintanilla Perez (Jennifer Lopez), a girl from South Texas with global talent, incredible will, and magnetic charm. At 23, Selena shone as a fresh star in a vibrantly new musical field. But just as she was poised to be the next pop-music sensation, her life was tragically cut short. Directed by Gregory Nava. Tickets are $9 Advance // $11 Door.

La Hora Latina

September 20th, 2019
Powderhorn Park

As part of the City of Minneapolis' Welcoming Week celebration in partnership with Wellstone International High School, the City is hosting La Hora Latina. There will be music, entertainment and free food. As well as Salsa with Rene Thompson, Caporales dance by Mi Peru-Minnesota and performances by Grupo de Danzas Colombianas.

Alma Lopez at El Colegio

September 27th, 2019
El Colegio High School

Join us for a fundraiser dinner catered by the Sioux Chef, followed by a public lecture at El Colegio High School by Los Angeles Chicana artist Alma Lopez, co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's American Studies & Chicano Studies departments, as well as the Imagine Fund Special Events Program.

A renown visual artist, Alma Lopez has been exhibited in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions internationally. In 2011, the University of Texas Press published her book Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition,” co-edited with Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Currently, Lopez is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies and LGBTQ Studies Program at UCLA. She teaches courses on art censorship, queer art, Chicanx/Latinx art, public art, and digital art. To learn more about her work, see

LatinoLEAD Heritage Month Event: Celebrating our Latinidad!

October 2nd, 2019
Crown Roller Mill Building

Hear from Maria Regan Gonzalez, the first Latina Mayor in the State of Minnesota! Maria has been committed to advancing racial and social justice issues by bringing people together and connecting the needs of the community.

Appetizers and refreshments will be available. RSVP to claim your spot today.

Young Professionals Networking: Travel and Hispanic Heritage

October 7th, 2019

La Doña Cervecería

Enjoy a pint and an evening of travel, trivia, and networking at Global Minnesota's next young professionals event at La Doña Cervecería in Minneapolis. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, connect with others interested in international travel, with a focus on Latin America, and learn the top tips to seeing more of the world for less, from the co-founders of Thrifty Traveler.

The evening will include a short presentation by Jared Kamrowski and Nick Serati of Thrifty Traveler, a lightning round of Latin America-themed trivia, and time for networking.

During the event, there will be a give away for a one-year subscription to Thrifty Traveler Premium, which delivers 1-3 international flight deals each day directly to your email inbox. Must be present to win!

Registration includes one drink ticket and appetizers.

Gala Latina: Celebrating Latino Leadership and Culture

October 11th, 2019
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

CLUES’ Gala Latina celebrates the organization's 35 years of service and the impact of Latino leadership and culture in Minnesota. 500-600 elected officials, Latino leaders, corporate, government, business, and community partners will come together to recognize and award community leaders in Minnesota who have impacted and contributed to the advancement of Latinos in Education, Public Service, Advocacy, and Innovative Latino Community Development.