Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in New Orleans typically include lively gatherings filled with food, music and people. Though we can’t celebrate like we would on any other year, we’ve rounded up a few different ways to celebrate the culture and history of Hispanic heritage in New Orleans. Check our guide below, and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in NOLA this September 15-October 15.

Rebecca Todd
Mais Arepas

Sample authentic Latin American cuisine

New Orleans is rich with cuisine from a variety of Latin American countries. Tamales, tacos, empanadas and arepas are just a few of the highlights. Whether you’re in the mood for dining in or ordering take out, these restaurants have plenty to offer.

Rebecca Todd

Support local Hispanic-owned businesses

From restaurants to shopping, tours and services, supporting Hispanic-owned businesses is one of the best ways to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. Stop in at Kay’s or book a tour of the French Quarter with Machu Picchu Travel Services.

Rebecca Todd
Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

Visit the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

Enrique Alférez was born in Mexico but died in New Orleans after spending much of his life creating art for Louisiana. His legacy is honored in New Orleans City Park with a sculpture garden. Visit today to learn about his works while enjoying the beauty of the park. Louisiana residents receive free admission on Wednesdays courtesy of the Helis Foundation.

Justen Williams
Decatur Street

Explore Spanish History in New Orleans

New Orleans is rich in Spanish culture and Hispanic influences. Learn the histories here and here, then get ready to do some exploring. Next time you’re all masked up and ready to stroll the French Quarter, keep your eyes peeled for the historic street signs that line the walls of the walkable district. These markers date back to when New Orleans was under Spanish rule from 1762-1803. Start at Bourbon Street, then make your way to Royal, Conti, Decatur and beyond. Get a glimpse of the signs here.

Paul Broussard
Carnaval Latino

Plan for next year’s celebrations

Hispanic Heritage Month is typically celebrated with a swath of festivals and events in New Orleans. While we can’t gather like we normally would, it doesn’t hurt to mark those calendars in anticipation of next year’s celebrations. Carnaval Latino is a mid-October parade featuring full-sized floats, a procession of costumed revelers, dancers in traditional garb and musicians, plus an after-party that follows. Celebración Latina, typically held in early October, is a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities in Audubon Zoo. Food, live music, performances and children’s activities are staples of the event. Smaller neighborhood festivals are also highlights of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in New Orleans.