RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Events are planned throughout Central Virginia during Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and influence of Latin American people and culture.

Running from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15., events in the area are scheduled to take place at libraries, performing arts centers, athletic venues, restaurants and clubs.

With the growing Latino community in the Richmond region – 7% of Richmond city’s population, 10% of Chesterfield County, 6% of Henrico County and 3% of Hanover County, according to the most recent census – it’s no surprise that a variety of events are popping up around the area.

Preview image of a Latin Ballet of Virginia dancer who will perform at area libraries during Hispanic Heritage Month. Photo credit: Henrico County Public Library

Hispanic Heritage Month community events around Richmond:

Saturday, Sept. 10

  • 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – Celebrate the Art of Latin America: El Salvador at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The folk group Tradicion Salsa Guy’s Bomba y Plena performs a Salvadoran classic, “El Sombrero Azul,” and will teach the dance Cumbia, a mix of musical rhythms and folk dance traditions of Latin America. Tradición will host three 30-minute dance workshops at 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:15 pm in Cochrane Atrium. Performances also by the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

Thursday, Sept. 15

  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Wepa! Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month at Black Iris, 321 W Broad St. Richmond. Dance with the Salsa Guy Richmond and enjoy Venezuelan food.
  • 7 p.m. – Virtual, hosted by Henrico County Public Library. Discussion of the film “El Mariachi.”

Saturday, Sept. 17

  • Chesterfield County Public Library is featuring performances by the Latin Ballet of Virginia at 10 a.m. at Meadowdale Library and at 2 p.m. at North Courthouse Road Library in a program that focuses on the Native, Spanish and African roots that create the rhythm, music and dance of Latin America.

Monday, Sept. 19

  • 7 p.m. – Fairfield Area Library in Henrico. A bilingual discussion / discusión bilingüe “El Ruido de las Cosas al Caer”/ The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Saturday, Sept. 24

  • At 11 a.m. at the Glen Allen Branch Library and then and then at 2 p.m. at the Twin Hickory Area Library, both in Henrico. The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents ‘Spanish Influences on Latin Dance.’
  • 5 p.m. – Richmond Kickers celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month at City Stadium. Meet Puerto Rican and Mexican folk characters and see the Salsa Rueda Club of Richmond Virginia.

Monday, Sept. 26

  • 4:30 p.m. – Belmont Branch Library, Richmond The Richmond Public Library is offering a presentation and hands-on workshop on Taino Rock Carvings.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • 6:30 p.m. – Broad Rock Branch Library, Richmond. The Richmond Public Library is offering an interactive “Book Tasting” presentation on Latin American and Hispanic American authors highlighting various literary styles.

Saturday, Oct. 1

  • 11 a.m. at the Fairfield Library and at 2 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Area Library, both in Henrico. The Latin Ballet of Virginia presents ‘Caribbean, Indigenous, and African Influences on Latin Dance.’
  • 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Diversity Richmond in Richmond. Viva RVA! Hispanic Music Festival features live music performances, dance lessons, a drag show, children’s programs, exhibitors and food vendors.

Thursday, Oct, 6

Saturday, Oct. 8

  • 7:30 p.m. – The Perkinson Center for Arts and Education in Chester. La comparsa de Kadencia ensemble performs classic Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena in its traditional percussive format.

Monday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 16

Saturday, Oct. 15

  • 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond. ¡Virginia Fiesta! a day-long celebration of science and culture includes a community fair, vendors, food trucks, cultural performances and live demos. Included in museum admission. Presented together with Radio Poder 1380 AM

Richmond is also a great city for dancing to the Latin rhythms of salsa, cumbia, merengue, and bachata. Many of the events at the venues listed below feature DJs who specialize in Latin rhythms and start the weekly events with dancing instruction:

  • Mondays at Barvina, 1847 West Broad St. at 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday at Kabana Rooftop, 700 East Main St. at 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Thursday at Havana 59, 16 North 17th St. Starting at 8 p.m.
  • Fridays at Nama, 15 West Broad St. at 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturdays at Aloft, 3939 Ducking Dr. at 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Does your organization have a public event for Hispanic Heritage Month to share? Email the details to webteam@wric.com.