Orlando is ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2022) with unique events, exceptional dining and memorable things to do all over town — but it won’t be the same without you.
Updated Sept. 16, 2022
With more than 30% of Central Florida’s population identifying as Hispanic or Latino — and Orlando itself being one of the world’s most diverse, inclusive destinations — you can bet we’re excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month when it returns from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2022. Here’s your guide to special events, acclaimed restaurants, unique things to do and see, and other fun ways to join the festivities this fall.
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Additional reporting by Ian Suarez.
Orlando is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 with food, fashion, cultural exhibitions, educational forums and uplifting arts. Check back for additional events as they’re announced, and visit our Events Calendar to find more things to do while you’re in town.
Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation Presented by Orange County Board of County Commissioners (Sept. 13, 2022)
At 9 a.m., join the Orange County Board of Commissioners at the Orange County Government Administration Office in downtown Orlando as they proclaim Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Orange County, Florida. Refreshments will be provided by Zaza Cuban Cafe.
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City of Orlando’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Various Dates, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2022)
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz will lead the city’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in 2022, commemorating the culture and traditions of residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Activities are set to include a community celebration with Hispanic food, music and entertainment. You can also visit an art exhibition at City Hall’s Terrace Gallery in downtown Orlando’s City District through Nov. 13, 2022, featuring the work of local Hispanic artists.
2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Traditional Dress Exhibits (Sept. 15 – Oct. 28, 2022)
View art exhibits featuring traditional dresses and artwork highlighting Hispanic culture by local artists from around Central Florida. These will be available at The Mall at Millenia from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, 2022, with an opening event on Sept. 19, and at the Orange County Administration Office from Sept. 30 – Oct. 28, 2022, with an opening event on Sept. 30.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration / Celebrando el Mes de Hispanidad (Sept. 17, 2022)
Live music takes center stage at the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, aka Celebrando el Mes de Hispanidad, including Los Mariachi Nuevo Guaralajara and La Orquesta Arriba el Son, as well as Latin and English old-school music from the ‘70s and ‘80s. It’s taking place at the Orlando Elks Lodge, which is part of The Milk District just east of downtown. Admission is $20.
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2nd Annual Cultura Latina Fashion Show (Sept. 18, 2022)
At the Cultura Latina Fashion Show, enjoy an evening of Latin culture including music, live performances, fashion, food and more. General admission is $40, with guaranteed VIP runway seating priced at $50. It’s hosted by the Arte Mundial Museum just south of The Florida Mall®.
Brunch With Mirabel & Isabela (Sept. 18, 2022)
Held on the green at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando’s Lake Nona area, the Encanto-inspired Brunch With Mirabel & Isabela will have crafts, playtime, photo opportunities with the characters, and story time. Admission starts at $25.
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Kissimmee Ford Taste of Latino Fest (Oct. 9, 2022)
Held in Kissimmee near Walt Disney World® Resort, the Ford Taste of Latino Fest features food, art and music, as well as the Top Latino Leadership Awards and Top Latino Chef Contest. Admission is free with pre-registration.
Orange County Hispanic Heritage End of Month Celebration (Oct. 12, 2022)
Held at the Renaissance Senior Center in east Orlando, this event includes networking and refreshments starting at 5 p.m., with the program beginning at 6 p.m.
Hispanic Youth Leadership Awards at Amway Center (Oct. 14, 2022)
During the Orlando Magic matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and district commissioners will nominate and recognize distinguished Hispanic youths who have excelled in academics, sports, community service, social justice activism, arts, and other endeavors. Please note that admission to the game is required to attend the awards ceremony.
13th Annual Día de los Muertos & Monster Party (Oct. 20, 2022)
Although it takes place shortly after Hispanic Heritage Month, the Día de los Muertos & Monster Party at CityArts showcases art inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead, as well as Halloween, and created by regional, national and international artists. The unique exhibition is paired with an outdoor experience featuring food, drinks, entertainment and spooky art vendors. Entry is just $5, and a Sugar Skull Experience with food and drinks included is $50. Offering a rotating collection of galleries under one roof, CityArts is part of downtown Orlando’s City District.
More Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Orlando
Orlando and the surrounding Central Florida region are filled with compelling examples of Hispanic and Latin culture and influence, including attractions, restaurants and other reasons to visit — both during Hispanic Heritage Month and all year long.
Found throughout the destination at a range of price points, Hispanic and Latin restaurants offer some of the tastiest ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Leading the pack are celebrity chef-headed restaurants such as José Andrés’ JALEO and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina, both part of Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort, plus Wendy Lopez’s Reyes Mezcaleria, located in downtown Orlando’s North Quarter district.
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Several of our MICHELIN Guide restaurants also have menus with heavy Hispanic and Latin influences, starting with the One MICHELIN Star Capa Steakhouse & Bar at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Others include Papa Llama, a Bib Gourmand honoree in Orlando’s Curry Ford West district east of downtown, as well as the MICHELIN Guide Recommended BACÁN at Lake Nona Wave Hotel and Black Rooster Taqueria in Orlando’s Mills 50 District.
Learn more: Orlando’s MICHELIN Guide Restaurants
Happily, Hispanic Heritage Month overlaps with Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining® (Aug. 26 – Oct. 2, 2022), offering three-course, prix-fixe dinners at more than 100 of Orlando’s best restaurants for just $40 per person. Plenty of Hispanic and Latin flavors are on the menu, including those at Bulla Gastrobar in Winter Park, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar at Pointe Orlando in the International Drive Entertainment District (aka I-Drive), José Andrés’ aforementioned JALEO at Disney Springs, and Tapa Toro Tapas Bar & Paella Pit at ICON Park® on I-Drive. (Travel tip: Demand for Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is always high, so make reservations as soon as possible to help ensure your preferred dates and times.)
Learn more: Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Is Back
Be sure to save room for dessert, too: On Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 15, Gideon’s Bakehouse will be celebrating with their limited-edition Chocolate Churro Cookie and Cinnamon Cream Cheese Quesitos. They’ll be available at Gideon’s Audubon Park and Disney Springs locations with a limit of two per person.
For a visual guide to some of Orlando’s most delicious Hispanic and Latin eats, check out Visit Orlando’s Instagram Guide to local Hispanic restaurants. Fair warning: It will make you hungry.
Things to Do
No sport is more popular among Hispanic and Latin cultures than football — or soccer, as we call it here — and our hometown Orlando City Soccer Club MLS team has numerous Hispanic and Latin players on their current roster. You can watch them play during Hispanic Heritage Month when they take on Toronto FC on Sept. 17, 2022, and Columbus Crew on Oct. 9, 2022, with both games at Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando’s Parramore District.
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Similarly, several Hispanic and Latin players are on the roster of the NWSL’s Orlando Pride, which also plays at Exploria Stadium. Watch them face off against North Carolina on Sept. 21, 2022, and San Diego Wave on Sept. 25, 2022.
Hispanic and Latin artistry is celebrated at the Orlando Museum of Art, part of Loch Haven Cultural Park in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village Main Street north of downtown. They boast the most comprehensive collection of Mexican Chupícuaro figurines in the southeastern U.S., with 160 different examples. Additionally, the museum’s Art of the Ancient Americas Collection has more than 900 works of art from more than 35 ancient cultures, including the Aztecs of central Mexico and Inca of Peru.
Learn more: Orlando Museums & Galleries
Or, join a docent-led tour of Casa Feliz (“Happy House” in English), an Andalusian-style masonry farmhouse on the shores of Lake Osceola in Winter Park. Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon.
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Last but not least, Hispanic- and Latin-flavored fun awaits at our world-famous theme parks. At Walt Disney World Resort, you can visit the Mexico pavilion and catch the titular star of Coco during the Harmonious nighttime spectacular at EPCOT®, with Coco also popping up in Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom® Park.
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At SeaWorld® Orlando, you can meet Rosita during the Sesame Street Parade and create beautiful musical sounds at Rosita’s Harmony Hills. And Aquatica® Orlando is hosting Fiesta Aquatica every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 25, 2022. Latin music and live entertainment are included with park admission, and a tequila tasting and Latin-inspired food offerings are available as optional purchases.
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Need help planning your Hispanic Heritage Month getaway to Orlando? Our expert Vacation Planners are eager to assist via phone at +1 (407) 363-5872, email and Live Chat Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET. You can even make an appointment for personalized assistance.
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