Hispanic Heritage Month

This October, Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Where it All Began in the U.S.

September 26, 2019

With its founding and early history deeply entwined with Spanish culture, St. Augustine is the perfect location for a festival celebrating Hispanic culture and films. Founded in 1565 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, St. Augustine is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the US and has grown to become a major tourist attraction. Today it is ready to make this film festival a world-class event that will attract film makers and film lovers from all over the world.

The festival, featuring 65 Hispanic films, takes place October 3rd through 6th at The Corazon Cinema and Café and includes film genres from documentaries to classics from 21 Spanish-speaking countries. Film festival schedule and tickets can be accessed at www.hcff.online.

But there’s more to the celebration than film. Visitors can enjoy a variety of Hispanic bands and musicians performing throughout the ancient city. Caribe Groove will be performing on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at The Assembly Room at Art ’n Motion and Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. at A1A Ale Works Restaurant & Taproom.

And for those interested in cuisine and gastronomy, there are a variety of local restaurants offering the finest in Hispanic culinary experiences including The Columbia Restaurant for authentic fare and paella, a unique Latin-inspired breakfast at Café La Herencia, traditional Spanish cookies and empanadas at The Spanish Bakery and Cafe, The Cuban Café for a lunch of Cuban sandwiches, and Odd Birds Bar for their famous arepas and craft cocktails, among others.

To demonstrate the city’s Spanish military history, on September 28 at 6:15 p.m., St. Augustine Garrison will reenact the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside The Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum on the Plaza de La Constitución. Following the 45-minute ceremony, observers are encouraged to take photographs and talk with the Historical Interpreters.

To top it off, on October 5, the Founding of the Castillo celebration takes place at the oldest Masonry fortification in the US – built by the Spanish. Then on October 18 the Castillo San Marcos is featuring a Castillo by Candlelight celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month where visitors will follow in the footsteps of a young Spanish boy joining the Spanish Garrison at the Castillo to defend his home, his family and his honor. Information and tickets can be accessed at www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm.