Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month Parade and Events

  • Saturday, Sep 23rd, 2023 to Saturday, Oct 14th, 2023

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.

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.
  • Parade: 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.

[Pictured right. Photos courtesy of City of Pasadena Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department]

Fiesta La Pintoresca

  • Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
  • La Pintoresca invites you to celebrate with cultural stories, crafts, music, and much more. Special musical performance by the Classical Teens from Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts. For all ages.

Spanish Storytime/Leéme Un Cuento

  • Wednesdays/miércoles (except Sept. 20 – Oct. 11), 4 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
  • Attend weekly Spanish-language storytime. Lo invitamos a disfrutar de una hora de cuentos en familia donde usted puede echar a volar su imaginación con historias en español, música, manualidades y mucho más. For ages 0-12 and their caregivers.

Loteria Game

  • Saturday, Sept. 16, 4 p.m., Jefferson Branch Library, 1500 E. Villa St.
  • 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+.
  • Mayan Jaguar Headdress with mini 3D Mayan Temple

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

  • Caregiver and Me Chocolate Skull Making Workshop

    • Saturday, Sept. 23 • Session 1 • 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.
    • Saturday, Sept. 23 • Session 2 • 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.
    • 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.

    Colorful Papel Picado

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

    Movie Night

    • Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Pasadena Tournament of Roses House, 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.
    • 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.

    Paint and Aguas Frescas

    • Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 - 5 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St
    • 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+.

    Kite Hour

    • Saturday, Oct. 7, 4 – 5 p.m., Linda Vista Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St.
    • Join us and create your own kite out of paper plates, tissue, and other supplies. Celebrate with us! ¡Te esperamos! For ages 3–12.

    Spanish Conversation Group

    • Thursdays, 2:30 - 4 p.m., Zoom
    • 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

    Creating Authentic Pan Dulce “Concha”

    • Saturday, Sept. 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa St.
    • 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

    Exploring the Culture of the Aztecs

    • Saturday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.
    • 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+.

    Hill Avenue Book Club

    • Saturday, Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m., Zoom
    • 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.

    Allendale Book Discussion

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


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