National Hispanic Heritage Month starts today, September 15, and runs through October 15. This celebration, a creation of the United States, started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and was expanded to 30 days by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The timing of the event across the months of September and October is due to the fact that multiple Latin American independence days are celebrated in mid-September, and Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, falls on October 12. (By the way, Happy Bicentennial to Mexico and Chile, which celebrate 200 years of independence on September 16 and 18, respectively!)
Nashvillians usually have plenty to do for Hispanic Heritage Month. To help you find specific events, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau has posted a 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar, which includes most of the headline parties and such around town, so check that out, and you should be set. (Also, if you haven't noticed the Conexion Americas banner at the top of this page, click there, and you'll see all the events Conexion Americas has scheduled, including next Friday's "Fiesta" at the Cannery).
There are plenty of other events to put on your calendar, so stay tuned here for news of those, as well. For example, the Tennessee Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (TNHCC) and the Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats (MTNHD) both have Hispanic Heritage Month events tomorrow, September 16:
The THNCC will be hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month Networking Lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Chappy's Restaurant on 1721 Church Street.If you know of a Hispanic Heritage Month event in Middle Tennessee that isn't mentioned above, please leave the event info in the comments.
The MTNHD will be hosting a "Somos TN" (We Are TN) fundraiser 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel at 2100 West End. Ave., with expected attendees including Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Montgomery County Commissioner Tommy Vallejos, TN Democratic Party Vice-Chair Elisa Parker, and TN House of Representatives District 56 candidate Matt Kenigson.