Fun, food, arts and cultural activities highlight this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities that will take place in Philadelphia, September 15-October 15. Chocolate lovers can barter cacao seeds in an Aztec Market at the Academy of Natural Sciences, while revelers can catch the celebratory spirit at Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Fiesta en la Calle 9 (Party on 9th Street) features food, musical performances, crafts and brings flavor, music and vibrant colors to the East Passyunk section of South Philadelphia, September 21, philahispanicchamber.org; Artists Maya Escobar and Andria Morales merge their talents in the exhibition Yo Soy Oro (I Am Gold), September 21-October 18, tallerpr.org; The National Constitution Center celebrates Hispanic-American Trailblazers all month long, constitutioncenter.org; ¡Qué Viva la Herencia Latina! (Viva Latina Heritage), the second annual Musical & Culinary Arts Explosion presents the bi-monthly Tertulia gatherings, September 26, raicesculturales.org; The Barnes Foundation celebrates Hispanic arts and culture with two events taking place the first weekend in October. Flamenco dancing and guitar is on the agenda for Flamenco Fiesta, a First Friday presentation (October 3), while a talk and book signing by artist/author Gilberto Gonzalez and Al Dia’s Sabrina Vourvoulias (October 5) fills the calendar for First Sunday, barnesfoundation.org; The Philadelphia Phillies keep a long-standing tradition going when they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the 13th Annual Goya Latino Family Celebration at Citizens Bank Park, September 27, phillies.com/themenights; Community leaders, social activists and trendsetters from the region’s Hispanic community are honored during the Hispanic Choice Awards, October 11, hcaphilly.com. For event updates, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings. For more information visit visitphilly.com.
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