Pasadena Celebrates Latino Heritage Month: Reaching For The Stars

Image of three women walking in the Latino Heritage ParadePASADENA, Calif. — The City of Pasadena is commemorating National Latino Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America with a wide variety of programming, including a free parade, festivals, events, and activities for all ages.

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Latino Heritage Parade and Festival
Join local schools, community groups, elected officials, dignitaries, neighbors, and friends at the 25th Annual Latino Heritage Parade and Festival. This year’s theme, Reaching for the Stars, recognizes the achievements of Latinos in the United States. This event enriches the community by bringing together family and friends, warmth, and culture, as well as values and tradition to Pasadena. Sponsored by the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Latino Heritage Committee. For all ages.
Saturday, Sept. 16 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• 10 a.m. – noon, Starts at the intersection of N. Los Robles Ave. and Buckeye St. then heads south on Los Robles Ave. ending at City Hall.
Festival • noon - 4 p.m., City Hall, Centennial Square, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

View more information about the Latino Heritage Parade and Festival.

Dia de los Muertos
Join friends and neighbors to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department is teaming up with the Armory Center for the Arts and Pasadena Community Job Center to commemorate this century-old holiday with dance performances; arts and crafts; food available for purchase; and “ofrendas,” altars honoring the lives of the deceased. To attend, register at For all ages.
Friday, Oct. 27, 5 - 9 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.


Loteria Game
Come, play Loteria, a bingo game that is more than a century old! Families are welcome to play using the library’s game boards. For ages 9+.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Jefferson Branch Library, 1500 E. Villa St.

Mayan Jaguar Headdress with mini 3D Mayan Temple
Create a Mayan Jaguar Headdress and mini 3D Mayan Temple in celebration of Latino Heritage Month. For all ages.
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.

Caregiver and Me Chocolate Skull Making Workshop
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) sugar skull craft. Create a fun and unique chocolate calavera. Materials provided by the Pasadena Latino Heritage Committee. Two sessions will be offered. To attend, register at For all ages.
Saturday, Sept. 23Session 1 • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.
Saturday, Sept. 23Session 2 • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.

Colorful Papel Picado
Learn about the traditional Mexican tissue paper art of papel picado and make your own pieces to take home. For all ages.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m., Santa Catalina Branch Library, 999 E. Washington Blvd.

Movie Night
Bring your blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy the movie “McFarland USA.” The movie is based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a mainly Latino high school in McFarland, CA. To attend, register at For all ages.
Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Pasadena Tournament of Roses House, 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.

Paint and Aguas Frescas
Join us for Paint and Aguas Frescas! Create your own painting while enjoying a tasty cantarito of agua fresca! Art kits and aguas provided. Registration required. Led by an experienced artist. To attend, register at For ages 8+.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 - 5 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.Kite Hour
Join us and create your own kite out of paper plates, tissue, and other supplies. Celebrate with us! ¡Te esperamos! For ages 3–12.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 4 – 5 p.m., Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.


Spanish Conversation Group
Want to practice and improve your spoken Spanish? Join San Rafael Branch Library’s conversational Spanish group now on Zoom! Volunteers and attendees help you to make personal progress and provide lots of practice speaking in Spanish. For all adults of any Spanish speaking level. Sign up at
Thursdays, 2:30 - 4 p.m., Zoom

Octavia Butler Sci Fi Book Club
Join us as we discuss “The Daughter of Doctor Moreau” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia in September.
Saturday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m., Octavia’s Bookshelf, 1361 N. Hill Ave.

Creating Authentic Pan Dulce “Concha”
Conchas are a traditional sweet bread made of a fluffy, buttery, brioche-like soft dough, flavored with cinnamon and topped with a sugar paste which resembles a seashell. This is one of the most popular kinds of authentic Mexican bread and is an iconic childhood favorite for many. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of making these delicious treats. You’ll have the opportunity to taste them and take them home to share with family and friends. For ages 15+. To attend, register at
Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.

Exploring the Culture of the Aztecs
Join us as educator Gloria Arjona explores the Aztec culture through the life of La Malinche, the indigenous interpreter and concubine of Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes. Malintzin, is recognized for contributing to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire,1519–1521, by acting as an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. For ages 13+.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

Hill Avenue Book Club
Join us in October when we will discuss “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. To attend, sign up at Pasadena.Evanced.Info/SignUp.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m.,  Zoom

Allendale Book Discussion
We will discuss “The Barbarian Nurseries” by Hector Tobar in October.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10:30 a.m., Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.


These film selections celebrate Latino Heritage Month and are available on Pasadena Public Library hoopla anytime you wish to view them. Log in to hoopla using your email and password and then select “Pasadena Public Library” and enter your 14-digit library card number.

The Suffragists (2012) NR CC • Documentary

The story of Eufrosina Cruz, an indigenous woman from the Zapotec community of Santa María Quiegolani in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Las Sufragistas details her political struggle, as well as Mexican women's long fight for political power, beginning with the Revolutionary period. The film also considers challenges that women in power face.

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2015) NR CC • Documentary
How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work? The answers lie in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, García Márquez became the writer of globally celebrated, critically acclaimed books.

Botero (2018) NR • Documentary
Perhaps the most famous living artist of our present day, Fernando Botero is a worthy subject of a documentary. Born in Medellin, Colombia in 1932, the worldly Botero shares the story of his humble beginnings and ambitions that led him on a tumultuous journey and ultimately shaped his signature style of volumetric art. Featuring extensive interviews and fascinating archival footage.

Pasadena Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department programming is sponsored by the Pasadena Latino Heritage Committee. Pasadena Public Library programming is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.

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View the Latino Heritage Parade and Festival picture album.

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