In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Town of Oakland and The Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center are thrilled to announce an exciting series of events that celebrate the diverse culture, traditions, and contributions of the Hispanic community. The month-long celebration offers a variety of events that highlight Hispanic Art, History, and Musical talent.
La Florida: Celebrating Florida’s Hispanic Heritage
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration starts with “La Florida: Celebrating Florida’s Hispanic Heritage,” an art and history exhibit at the Healthy West Orange Arts & Heritage Center. Soluna Tacos will be serving fresh Birria-style tacos and Oakland General will feature sweet treats with a Hispanic flair.
The public is invited to the exhibition’s opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 at the Center, located at 126 W. Petris Ave., Oakland. Guests will have the opportunity to view Hispanic-influenced art and learn about the origin of Spanish Florida over 500 years ago. Enjoy jazz and classical music, presented by HAPCO, by Guillermo Hernandez Barrocal, an up-and-coming piano prodigy from Spain. The “La Florida” exhibition will run through Nov. 18.
Music Under the Oaks
The celebration continues into October with “Music Under the Oaks,” from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 in VanderLey Park, located at 117 E Gulley Ave., Oakland. This outdoor, free music event will also offer Latin food vendors, artisan craft booths coordinated by Orange Blossom Market, and wine and beer by West Orange Creamery.
The evening will feature The Cuban American trio, presented by HAPCO, playing modern jazz. Latin GRAMMY-nominated pianist Martin Bejerano fronts this internationally acclaimed trio, accompanied by renowned Cuban drummer Ludwig Afonso and GRAMMY-nominated New York City bassist Edward Pérez.
- Bring a chair and enjoy the sounds of the #CubanAmericanTrio with Martin Bejerano will headline the night, with additional performances throughout the night.
- Food trucks offering traditional Latin foods will be on site serving fresh empanadas, croquettes, and Cuban Sandwiches. Please leave coolers at home.
- Enjoy cold beer and wine available for purchase from The West Orange Creamery. No outside alcohol, please leave coolers at home.
- Shop at artisan craft vendor booths selling fine art, handmade crafts, and quality merchandise.