Hispanic Heritage Month Activities in Lakeland

A mariachi band takes the stage at sunset on the Frances Langford Promenade

Celebrate Lakeland’s different cultures at this year’s Hispanic Festival.

Photo by @flordlangeles

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) is a national celebration of the history and contributions of our Hispanic and Latino communities.

With this commemoration in full swing, visit these events happening in and around Lakeland that honor and reflect Hispanic culture.

Café Con Leche Events | Tues., Oct. 4 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Polk State College, LAC 1133 | Free

Polk State College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution hosting a wide array of activities this month that are open to the public. Hear from Polk State College President, Dr. Angela Garcia Falconetti, and Polk State College District Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Teresa Martinez, at Café Con Leche.

Students of Polk State College jumping on the lawn in front of a school building

Lakeland’s Hispanic population has jumped 10% within the past decade.

Photo by @polk_state

Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta Celebration | Thurs., Oct. 13 | 12 p.m. | Winter Haven Student Center (WST), 999 Ave. H NE | Free

Celebrate as Polk State College wraps up its Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations fiesta-style with Haines City Commissioner, Omar Arroyo.

Festival de Las Americas | Sat., Oct. 15 | 1-7 p.m. | Downtown Winter Haven | Free

Bring your family for a free festival hosted by the Winter Haven Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy food vendors, raffles, music, and activities for kids. Plus, end the night with a live outdoor concert (don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs).

A crowd gathers at Lake Mirror to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hear live music from Bobby Valentin y Su Orquesta at this year’s Lakeland Hispanic Festival.

Photo via Club Hispano de Lakeland

Lakeland Hispanic Festival | Sat., Oct. 22 | 1-10 p.m. | Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror | $20

Get ready for the 24th Annual Lakeland Hispanic Festival, hosted by Bebo Adames and Ivonne Rodriguez. Enjoy music from the Joey Hernandez tribute band and Deejay Frank while celebrating Hispanic culture.

What events are you attending to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? Send us your plans or add them to our events calendar so we can fiesta with you.