Evanston community members are invited to attend this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration with live music, art, food, salsa dancing, and more on Sunday, Sept.13, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., on the grounds of Washington School, located at Main Street and Ashland Avenue.

Presented by the City of Evanston and Latino Resources, this year’s cultural event will feature salsa dance instruction by Ilana Ventura and live musical performances byVictor Garcia’s Quartet and the Jarochicanos.

Fun, family activities include a make-your-own piñata station, folkloric doll decorating, lotería/Mexican bingo and soccer shoot-outs. Admission is free and open to all ages.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off celebration is a part of this year’s Streets Alive! event, a mile-long “open streets” initiative that aims to inspire healthy, green transportation and new ways to use public space. 

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed each year from Sept.15 to Oct.15. This year’s national theme is “Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future.” For more Hispanic Heritage Month events in Evanston, visit the city's website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...