Top Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In Connecticut

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the cultures, food, music and histories of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Events honoring this celebration are designed for American citizens with roots to these cultures. National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 through October 15, although some events extend into the end of October. Connecticut has a list of its own celebrations including family-friendly activities, music celebrations, film and live entertainment.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day
Discovery Museum
4450 Park Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 372-3521

Date: Oct. 11, 2014

To celebrate national Hispanic Heritage Month, the Discovery Museum will have child-friendly activities to display the knowledge and contribution of Hispanic scientists and inventors. The best part about this event is that it is free. The event takes place on October 11, 2014. Family-friendly activities include children's crafts, storytelling, exploding pumpkins and a spooky science and scary bug theme. Guests will also be able to enjoy planetarium shows during their visit.

4th Annual New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema
The Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall St.
New Haven, CT 06520
(203) 432-0856

Date: Oct. 21-26, 2014

The Whitney Humanities Center, located on the campus of Yale University, will be the host on the last five days of the 4th Annual New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema (NEFIAC). Opening night is Tuesday, October 21, starting off this festival dedicated to Hispanic culture through its display of film. Films include documentaries, short films and animations. The NEFIAC is also being hosted in Providence, RI on Brown University at different dates.

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Tata's Restaurant
104 Quinnipiac St.
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 294-4303

Every day is a mouth-watering celebration of Caribbean culture at Tata's Restaurant through its food. Located in downtown Wallingford, Tata's has a full menu of traditional Caribbean cuisine. The menu specializes in Spanish American and Caribbean food such as mofongos, carne frita and ropa vieja. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Los Pleneros de la 21: Full Ensemble Concert
Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley St.
New Britain, CT 06050
(860) 832-1652

Date: Oct. 10, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Central Connecticut State University will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. On October 11, Los Pleneros de la 21, also known as LP21, will be performing at the Torp Theatre in Davidson Hall. Los Pleneros de la 21 performs combinations of the Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena. The band has a love for music and features both traditional and professional musicians. To add to the performance, expect to be entertained by dancers. Instruments used include the piano, bass, reeds and timbales.

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