Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 3 ways on the Gulf Coast

Women Jumping And Posing In Front Of A Latin Fest Sign
Mobile’s first-ever Latin fest is quickly approaching. Photo via Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast on Facebook.

Fall is quickly approaching, meaning fall festivals, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches galore. What you may not realize, though, is that we are quickly approaching the end of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Keep reading to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month and how you can celebrate it here on the gorgeous Gulf Coast.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

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Live music at Hacienda San Miguel. Photo via Hacienda San Miguel on Facebook

Hispanic Heritage Month is the period of September 15th to October 15th that is dedicated to honoring the Hispanic Americans that have influenced our Nation.

Hispanic Americans have had an enormous impact on our culture, society, and history as a nation. Hispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to celebrate Hispanic Americans’ accomplishments and to thank them by giving back.

1. Celebrate by supporting Local Hispanic-owned establishments

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Cheers to Hispanic Heritage Month! Photo via Hacienda San Miguel on Facebook

One of the best ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is to support local Hispanic-owned businesses.

Hungry? Try one of these Hispanic Owned Restaurants:

Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina

Hacienda San Miguel: House of Tequila

Eddie’s Mexican and Honduran Restaurant

A Delicious Dish From Aztecas
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with great food! Photo via Aztecas Restaurant & Cantina on Facebook

Other Hispanic-owned businesses you can check out this Hispanic Heritage Month:

2. Attend the first Mobile Latin Fest and enjoy the festivities

Latin Fest Flyer
The Latin Fest is a great way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on the Gulf Coast. Photo via Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast on Facebook.

The Hispanic Business Association of the Gulf Coast’s first Latin Fest will include dancing, live music, a domino tournament, parade of flags, food trucks and the list goes on and on.

The event is free to attend, family-friendly, and the proceeds from the event go towards funding scholarships for Hispanic students in higher education.

Don’t miss out on this celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture.

The volunteer application deadline is this Thursday.

3. Donate to the Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast

Hispanic Heritage Month On The Gulf Coast
Dr. Leida Javier, President of the HABAGC, and Derrick Lugo pose for a photo. Photo via Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast on Facebook

The Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast (HABAGC), is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering economic and cultural development within the Hispanic community.

Run entirely off the volunteer service of its members, The HABAGC is an important support system for Hispanics on the Gulf Coast. President Dr. Leida Javier states she does everything from helping translate for locals to helping those new to the community find work.

The HABAGC also raises funds to provide scholarships for Hispanic students pursuing higher education to encourage the youth to make a positive difference in the Hispanic community.

In addition to assisting the local Hispanic community, HABAGC works to preserve and promote local Hispanic culture.

“Downtown, at the Spanish Plaza Park, there is a statue of a donkey. A lot of people don’t know that the donkey has a name: Platero. He’s an important character in Spanish literature. All Spanish-speaking children have read the story about Platero.”

Dr. Leida Javier, President of the Hispanic American Business Association of the Gulf Coast

Recent efforts of the HABAGC have caused the City of Mobile to approve a plaque for the statue of Platero, so that Hispanic culture can be shared with the local community.

Donating to the HABAGC is a wonderful way to both support and preserve the local Hispanic culture and heritage, and make a difference.


How are you planning to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month before it ends? Tag us @thebamabuzz and let us know!

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