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Latino Heritage Month

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Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with the City  of Minneapolis Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Icon CalendarDownload the printable City Latino Heritage Month poster and event list here. View a list of non-City events on the Meet Minneapolis' website.

Colombian dancers performing at March 2019 Somos kickoff celebration
Cultural artifacts table from Somos kickoff in March 2019
Mi Peru Caporales Andean Dance
Dancers from Mi Perú-Minnesota performing Caporales dance.

Welcoming Week Celebration September 20 2019 Powderhorn Park

The City of Minneapolis is celebrating Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with a series of festivities and events for the community and City employees. This month is an opportunity to reaffirm the City’s pledge to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all residents and highlight the many contributions Latinos have made to Minneapolis.

Latino Heritage Month recognizes the significant contributions Latinos have made to the United States. Sept. 15, the first day of Latino Heritage Month, is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

Mayor Jacob Frey, the City Council and ¡Somos!, the City’s Latinx employee resource group, are hosting several events throughout Latino Heritage Month to highlight the history, role and impact of the Latino community in Minneapolis. Everyone is welcome to attend the public events listed below. Event details will be added to this website, so we encourage you to check back often. City employees who would like to participate in a Latino Heritage Month events are invited to visit CityTalk to get more information on opportunities such as a professional development workshop, entertainment, networking events and more.

Latino Heritage Month upcoming events

Launch of Somos Minneapolis radio program

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tune in to La Raza Spanish language radio station at 1400 AM.

As part of a new ten-part Spanish language radio series focused on developing a stronger connection with Minneapolis’ Latino community, Mayor Jacob Frey, Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo and Council Member Alondra Cano will be the guests on this first episode. Tune in to 1400 AM to hear these City leaders engage with the Latino community and share updates on the City’s work to serve Latino families.

Map and meet Latino businesses

Tuesday Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
El Colegio Charter School, 4137 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis

Join the Small Business Team for a networking event with Latino businesses to learn about their products and services, try samples, botanas and learn about how the City supports small businesses. The event will include organizations that support businesses, civic resources, crime prevention and other resources. The event will also feature an aerial map of Minneapolis displaying the locations of participating businesses. RSVP as a business owner or community member here.

Latino youth and the census

Friday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 2924 4th Ave. South, Minneapolis

Engaging and informing young people about the census and its impact on the future of our local community is vital. In this special session with high school students at Cristo Rey High School, the City will provide key information for youth understand and be ready to help their families fill out the census.

Immigration listening session and forum with Representative Ilhan Omar and Council Member Alondra Cano

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER. For more information, please email Nicky Leingang (Office of Congresswoman Ilham Omar) at [email protected]

Join Representative Ilhan Omar, Attorney General Keith Ellison, City Council Member Alondra Cano, and the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to organize with your friends, family, and neighbors to focus on solutions that advance our movement for immigrant rights. This session will help community members learn about the current immigration bills introduced in Congress and provide interactive ways for residents to become active in working to end the injustices faced by immigrant families.

Concluded events

Latino Heritage Month resolution and launch of the Futuro Latino Empowerment Commission

Friday, Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.
City Hall Chambers, Room 317, 350 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis

Join the kick-off of this month’s activities by coming to City Hall where the City Council will vote on an honorary resolution commemorating Latino Heritage Month. The City Council is also scheduled to vote on a resolution to relaunch the City’s Latino advisory board called the Futuro Latino Empowerment Commission. This board will advise the Mayor, City Council and other City leaders on important issues facing the Latino community.

Increasing the number of City Latino employees

Friday, Sept. 13, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 319, 350 S. 5th Street, Minneapolis

Join us for a panel and community conversation with Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Member Alondra Cano, City Coordinator Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, Human Resources Director Patience Ferguson, and ¡Somos! Latinx employee resource group to learn about the City’s commitment to increase the number of Latino employees at the City of Minneapolis. Currently, the City has 4,220 employees, and only 4% are Latinos. This will be an important conversation to help the City achieve its racial equity goals and to hear about local government’s plans to recruit, retain, promote and increase the number of Latino staff members that serve the residents of Minneapolis.

35W bridge lighting

Friday, Sept. 13, at sundown.

In honor of the start of Latino Heritage Month, the 35W bridge over the Mississippi River will be lit in orange and teal. This pattern will be visible from sundown on Friday, Sept. 13 until sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Welcoming Week celebration: La Hora Latina

Friday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis

As part of the City’s Welcoming Week celebration in partnership with Wellstone International High School and Community Action Partnership of Hennepin County, the City is hosting La Hora Latina, an hour dedicated to celebrate Latinx immigrants in Minneapolis featuring performances from Mi Perú-Minnesota, Grupo de Danzas Colombianas and salsa lessons with Rene Thompson. Noche de Gala Productions with DJ Angel Maldonado will be providing music throughout the event.

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Supporting Latinas in business

Monday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
3387 Brownlow Ave., St. Louis Park

Historically, Latinx entrepreneurs have invested in struggling commercial corridors and helped neighborhoods thrive. Recently, through negative policies coming from Washington D.C., these small business owners have been facing significant challenges. The City and Hennepin County are joining the Mexicanas en Minnesota women’s business group to share resources and strategies to support these leaders in continuing to open up businesses and create jobs.

Workshop on new wage theft rules

Friday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Mercado Central, 1515 East Lake Street, Minneapolis

Latino business owners will learn about the State’s and the City’s new wage theft rules through a presentation by the City’s Small Business Team, the City’s Civil Rights Department and the Minnesota Department of Labor. The presentation will be given in Spanish with English translation if needed.

Latinos and the census

Monday, Sept. 30, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Midtown Global Market’s main stage, 910 E. Lake St., Minneapolis

With the citizenship question blocked from appearing on the 2020 census, join this timely session to help raise awareness about the importance of getting ready to fill out the census. Come share coffee and a community conversation with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, Minneapolis Regional Chamber President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen and Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower to talk about the impact of the census on the Latino community in their schools, jobs and cities. Council Member Alondra Cano will moderate. Share the Facebook event here.

Latino Heritage Month employee events

¡Somos! the City’s Latinx employee resource group, is spearheading a series of employee events throughout Latino Heritage Month. The group is building on its mission to promote understanding of the Latino culture and foster recruitment, retention and professional advancement of the Latinx employees at the City. Some event highlights are:

For questions about the Latino Heritage Month calendar of events, please contact Leda Schuster at [email protected]


Last updated Oct 3, 2019



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