Museo de Las AmericasMuseo de Las Americas (credit: CBS)

Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16 and Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15. It’s a month-long celebration of Hispanic heritage in the United States. Nearly 35 percent of Denver’s population is Hispanic so the month offers lots of ways to learn about the rich culture and heritage flourishing in the metro area. Celebrate your own Hispanic heritage or learn more about it with any of these great ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Denver.

Su Teatro
721 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 296-0219

Su Teatro is the only theater company in Colorado dedicated to productions and events that speak to the Chicano experience. For more than 40 years, this well-known company has produced a variety of plays, musicals, music performances and classes in the Denver area and theaters all over the country. Su Teatro is located in the former Denver Civic Theatre in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District and you can catch different events there pretty much every weekend of the year. Enjoy live music, local productions, national touring artists and more.

The Museo de las Americas
861 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 571-4401

Located just up the street from Su Teatro is another important destination for Hispanic heritage. The Museo de las Americas is the only museum in Colorado that focuses on the culture, history and art of Latin America. The exhibits range from ancient times all the way up to the present. You’ll see amazing works of art and artifacts from as early as the 17th and 18th centuries. There is always a different touring exhibit to check out, making a visit to the Museo de las Americas something you’ll want to do again and again.

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12th Annual 1830’s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Art Market
The Fort
19192 Highway 8
Morrison, CO 80465
(303) 839-1671

Dates: Sept. 28-29, 2013

This annual event is presented by the Tesoro Cultural Center and is always a really fun and fascinating way to explore Spanish Colonial art. The art market brings a huge selection of celebrated artists together to display their jewelry, art, clothing and other items. You’ll also find historic interpreters re-enacting the period dress and other educational activities, perfect for the whole family. There is lots of food, music and plenty to enjoy all weekend long at this wonderful annual event.

Chicano Humanities and Arts Council
772 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 571-0440

The Chicano Humanities and Arts Council is also located in the vibrant Santa Fe Arts District. This important cultural organization is always hosting something fun and educational for the whole family. Founded in 1978, the Chicano Humanities and Arts Council provides a place for Latino and Chicano artists to explore both visual and performance art. One of the most fun activities to enjoy is the monthly “Cookies y Leche” held the third Saturday of every month. Bring the kids for a workshop lead by member artists as they get to make lots of fun hands-on art projects.

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La Rumba
99 W. 9th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 572-8006

Since 1997, La Rumba has been the go-to place in Denver for Latin dance. Put on your best dancing clothes and head down on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights for the best salsa dancing in town. If you have never tried salsa before, then you can take classes just about any day of the week from the fantastic instructors that call La Rumba home. Or, if you are more experienced with Latin dance, just head down and prepare to burn up the dance floor with all the other amazing dancers.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at