Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with lively events, delectable cuisine and more.


Updated Sept. 22, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month returns from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2023, celebrating the rich culture and history of U.S. citizens hailing from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Nearly 35% of Central Florida’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, and Orlando is ready to celebrate with festive special events, acclaimed restaurants and more unique ways to explore Hispanic cultural influence throughout the area. ¡Vamos!

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2023 Hispanic Heritage Month Events & Exhibits

Dance the night away with live music, exhibitions, theatrical performances and more festive events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Check back for additional events as they’re announced, and visit our Events Calendar to discover more things to do while you’re in town.

First Contact Exhibition at the Orange County Regional History Center

This permanent exhibition in downtown Orlando explores the cultural influence of Spanish explorers, who were the first Europeans to arrive in Florida. See how they helped to shape the state, then delve into even more regional history via permanent exhibits on citrus groves, tourism, aviation, theme park history and more.

¡Hola History! Exhibit at the Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum (From Aug. 9, 2023)

Discover the rich cultural influence of Central Florida’s Latin American community at the Osceola County Welcome Center & History Museum near Walt Disney World® Resort. Created in partnership with the Osceola County Historical Society, the new ¡Hola History! exhibit showcases the stories, achievements and impact of our Latin American community on Central Florida’s growth, from early settler days to modern times.

City of Orlando Hispanic Heritage Month Gallery (Sept. 8 – Nov. 13, 2023)

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, The City of Orlando will host an art exhibition dedicated to dominoes, a popular pastime in the Americas and the Caribbean. In addition to historical domino collections, game tables and handmade pieces from Domino USA, the Hispanic Heritage Month gallery will feature visual art from local artists. Check out the Opening Reception at the Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall in downtown Orlando’s City District on Sept. 19, or explore the collection at your leisure through Nov. 13, 2023.

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México Canta! at Orlando Museum of Art (Sept. 9, 2023)

Enjoy an evening of Mexican art and culture during México Canta! at the Orlando Museum of Art. Presented by Opera Orlando in partnership with Casa de México, the evening will include contemporary Mexican cuisine and margaritas from Frontera Cocina along with a special performance by Mexican-American soprano Cecilia Violetta López, who will appear as Frida Kahlo in Opera Orlando's production of Frida this winter.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts steinmetz hall audience
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando

Live Music and Performing Arts at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Sept. 9 – Oct. 21, 2023)

See Emmy-winning acts, family-friendly shows and Latin Grammy-nominated musical fun from top Hispanic performers at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Located in downtown Orlando’s City District, Hispanic Heritage Month highlights include:

  • Intocable: Evolucion Tour (Sept. 9, 2023)
  • Diego el Cigala: Obras Maestras (Oct. 1, 2023)
  • Nestor Torres (Oct. 7, 2023)
  • Benise: Fiesta! (Oct. 12, 2023)
  • Marisa Monte (Oct. 14, 2023)
  • VOLVER by TANGO LOVERS (Oct. 14, 2023)
  • Atención Atención: Yupi Yei Tour (Oct. 21, 2023)

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Hispanic Culture Night at CityArts (Sept. 14. 2023)

Celebrate Hispanic heritage with Hispanic Culture Night at CityArts, a contemporary art gallery in downtown Orlando. Tickets include a glass of wine, appetizers, live music and access to the evening’s art exhibition.

Salsa & Tango Music at Timucua Arts Foundation (Sept. 15 – 16, 2023)

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with two special performances at Timucua Arts Foundation, an intimate 100-seat concert hall in Orlando’s SoDo District. Por un Cabeza: Tango, Boleros and Latin Jazz will explore the roots of Tango, while Los Solidos Latin Jazz Band will blend traditional salsa rhythms with Latin jazz influences.

Discover: Orlando Cultural Spotlight on Timucua Arts Foundation

Live Music at Kia Center (Sept. 21 – Oct. 1, 2023)

See some of your favorite performers at Kia Center in the Parramore District, adjacent to downtown Orlando. Highlights include the following during Hispanic History Month, along with electrifying performances from Maluma, Carlos Vives and more later in the season.

  • Alejandro Sanz (Sept. 21, 2023)
  • Orlando Salsa Festival (Sept. 22, 2023)
  • RBD (Sept. 23, 2023)
  • Carin Leon (Sept. 30, 2023)
  • Arcangel (Oct. 1, 2023)

Sunset at the Zoo: Hispanic Cultural Celebration at the Central Florida Zoo (Sept. 22, 2023)

Explore the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens during a special Sunset at the Zoo: Hispanic Cultural Celebration. Enjoy themed crafts and family activities, specialty food trucks and vendors, one-night-only themed snacks, music, and more, then explore the zoo until the sun goes down.

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Lake Nona Hispanic Heritage Festival (Sept. 23, 2023)

Join in a vibrant celebration of Hispanic culture, traditions, and fun at the Lake Nona Hispanic Heritage Festival. Hosted at Nona Adventure Park, the family-friendly event will feature live music, cultural dance performances, authentic cuisine, a Kids Zone and access to Lake Nona’s Aqua Park and climbing tower.

Discover: Things to Do in Lake Nona

Diversitastic! Dining: Hispanic American (Sept. 25, 2023)

Celebrate the flavor and culture of Hispanic Americans with Diversitastic! Dining at Black Rooster Taqueria in Curry Ford West. The original location in the Mills 50 District is one of 46 Orlando MICHELIN Guide restaurants. Get a taste of their fantastic fare, plus enjoy live music and storytelling at this can’t-miss foodie experience from FusionFest.

City of Orlando Hispanic Heritage Month Community Celebration Event (Sept. 27, 2023)

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioner Tony Ortiz will host the annual City of Orlando Hispanic Heritage Month Community Celebration event at Kia Center, located in the Parramore District. This year’s event will feature Latin food, music, art and live entertainment, along with complimentary parking at GEICO Garage.

Noche de Sabor at Museum of Illusions Orlando (Sept. 30, 2023)

The Museum of Illusions at ICON Park® will host Noche de Sabor, an adults-only fiesta in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Dance the night away with Latin rhythms and contemporary beats, explore the mind-bending world of the Museum of Illusions, and enjoy a complimentary spin on The Orlando Eye at ICON Park, which will be illuminated in vibrant orange.

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Kissimmee Hispanic Heritage: Ford Taste of Latino Festival (Oct. 8, 2023)

Bring your whole crew to the second annual Ford Taste of Latino Festival, a family-friendly celebration where you can fill up on Latin food, live music and dance performances and see who will be crowned the Top Latino Chef of 2023.

14th Annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Party (Oct. 19, 2023)

Get your spooky on at the annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Party at CityArts in downtown Orlando. The unique art exhibition showcases Day of the Dead and Halloween-inspired art, along with an outdoor street party, live mariachi, theatrical and ballet performances, a tequila garden, spooky vendors and even a Día de los Muertos processional.

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Dining

Reyes Mezcaleria
Reyes Mezcaleria

Spice things up with Cuban, Mexican and more Latin American cuisine on your next visit. In addition to Hispanic-owned businesses and MICHELIN Guide eateries with some Spanish flair, you can discover distinct facets of our local chefs' Hispanic heritage at acclaimed eateries like Bull & Bear® at Waldorf Astoria® Orlando and Zeta Asia at Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Here are some of our favorite spots to celebrate Hispanic culture and flavors all year long.

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MICHELIN Guide Restaurants

Orlando is home to 46 MICHELIN Guide restaurants, including several with Hispanic and Latin influences. Try the One-MICHELIN-Star Capa Steakhouse & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort for Spanish-influenced cuisine with a view, or keep it simple at Papa Llama, a value-packed MICHELIN Bib Gourmand eatery in Orlando’s Curry Ford West District. Additional MICHELIN Recommended options include BACÁN at Lake Nona Wave Hotel, Toledo – Tapas, Steak & Seafood at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and Black Rooster Taqueria in Orlando’s Mills 50 District.

Discover: Orlando MICHELIN Guide Restaurants

Celebrity Chef-Owned Restaurants

Raise your glass at celebrity chef-owned restaurants, like José Andrés’ JALEO and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, both part of Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Wendy Lopez’s Reyes Mezcaleria, located in downtown Orlando, is another fantastic pick, with regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine and over 150 agave varieties.

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining®

In a tasty twist of fate, Hispanic Heritage Month overlaps with Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® (Aug. 18 – Oct 1. 2023), offering you three-course, prix-fixe dinners at more than 130 top Orlando-area restaurants — the most ever in program history — for just $40 or $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Discover: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining

Savor Hispanic and Latin-inspired flavors at MICHELIN Guide eateries like BACÁN, along with tasty offerings from Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit at ICON Park®, Bulla Gastrobar in Winter Park, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando, authentic rodizio grills like Adega Gaucha, and many more of Orlando’s top restaurants.

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More Ways to Celebrate

Cheer on Orlando City Soccer Club

Catch all the action of a spirited futbol — or as we call it, soccer — match right here in Orlando at Inter&Co Stadium. It’s home to MLS’ Orlando City Soccer Club and the NWSL’s Orlando Pride, both of which have home games throughout Hispanic Heritage Month.

Basketball fans can also join the fun as the NBA’s Orlando Magic take on Brazil’s Clube de Regatas de Flamengo at Kia Center on Oct. 20, 2023.

Sculptures at the Orlando Museum of Art
Orlando Museum of Art

Fill Up on Arts & Culture

In addition to attending the many concerts, exhibits and other thrilling events honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, you can find plenty of ways to celebrate the culture all year-round. The Orlando Museum of Art, for example, boasts the most comprehensive collection of Mexican Chupícuaro figurines in the southeastern U.S., along with an Art of the Ancient Americas collection with over 900 works of art.

Discover: Hispanic Heritage Month at the Orlando Museum of Art

If architecture is more to your liking, take a docent-led tour of Casa Feliz, an Andalusian-style masonry farmhouse on the shores of Lake Osceola in Winter Park. The Art & History Museums — Maitland are another excellent choice, offering English and Spanish-language guided tours of the “Mayan Revival” style Maitland Art Center on select dates throughout the month.

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