Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. Detroit has many places, restaurants and events to celebrate this yearly month of celebration. Check this list to find out the best in the area.
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
www.dia.org

The DIA has a wonderful collection of art, and many of its works are by Hispanic and Spanish painters and artists. Some suggestions to check out are “Dona Amalia Bonells de Costa,” by Francisco Goya; any of the Picasso pieces, such as “Melancholy Woman” or “Woman Seated in an Armchair”; and/or “Woman and Bird in the Night,” by Joan Mira. Admission to the DIA is free for Oakland, Wayne and Macomb county residents, or $8 for adults. There are also discounted tickets for children and college students ($5 with valid ID).

Aventura
216 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-3153
www.aventuraannarbor.com

Tapas, or small plates, is an Hispanic tradition, and Aventura is the newest of the crop of tapas restaurants in the area. Aventura bills itself as “modern Spanish tapas,” and is located in one of Ann Arbor’s oldest downtown buildings. Dinner and a Sunday brunch are served, as well as cocktails and alcoholic beverages – try the sangria (either the de Tinto, Blanca or Espinosa). Tapas are best done with a group, and make sure to buy enough dishes to share, as the dishes normally aren’t very large. This way, you can mix and match and see what you like the best, as well.

Sabor Latino Club
352 Cesar Chavez Ave.
PontiacMI 48340
(248) 253-0430
www.saborlatinoclub.com

If you’d like to try out some Latin dancing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sabor Latino is the place to go. Fridays feature DJ Broki (Salsa, Merengue, Bachata), Saturdays have DJ Antonio (from radio station WSDS 1480AM) and Mexican themes and Sundays with DJ Gato has Mexican Cumbia and Bachata, with ladies getting into the club for free all night. Ladies also receive free admission before 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The club also features private parties seven days a week, upon request. The club is modeled after the Sabor Latino Nightclub in Cancun.

Related: Best Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Detroit

Woody’s Diner
208 W. 5th St.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 543-6911
www.woodysdiner.com

Date: Every Wednesday

Salsa Detroit hosts events on Wednesdays through Sundays (click here for calendar), and Woody’s Royal Oak is one of its Wednesday and Thursday venues. On Wednesdays, dance lessons start at 9 p.m., and domestic beers are on special for $2.50 from 7 to 11 p.m. On Thursdays, dance lessons are from 9 to 10 p.m., and domestic beers are $2. You can also get $4 premium drinks, $5 Patron shots, $5 Red Bull mixes and more drinks specials. Woody’s is located in downtown Royal Oak, and there are street parking and parking structures nearby.

SWD Hispanic Professional Orgs’ & ERGs’ Heritage Celebration
TBA
(248) 792-2763
www.mhcc.org

Date: Oct. 8, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an Hispanic Professional Organizations and Heritage Celebration in early October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Local Hispanic Professional Organizations and employee resource groups will be in attendance, including NSHMBA, HBAM, SHPE, ALPFA, GMHIT, Chrysler, APROMEX, MHCC and FHN. The MHCC helps diversity and diversity in employment within the state and also has a Michigan Hispanic Fund, for our future leaders and business owners.

The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reaches out to hundreds of thousands of Hispanic businesses and consumers. It helps employment and diversity within the state of Michigan and hosts events every year including an annual golf outing which is sure to bring up competition levels in all who participate. The organization has a Michigan Hispanic Fund which helps generate future entrepreneurs and leaders. Hundreds of businesses are already involved, and you can surely contact them for any information.

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Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.

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