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Hispanic Heritage Month Festivities In OC

September 9, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: MX Live Entertainment)

(credit: MX Live Entertainment)

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(credit: Santa Ana Parks and Recreation)

Rejoice in Hispanic culture with festivals, food and entertainment during Hispanic Heritage Month. Adults and children alike can participate in a variety of activities ranging from dancing, story time, games, concerts and carnival rides while enjoying, reflecting and learning more about Hispanic contributions to society.

(credit: MX Live Entertainment)

(credit: MX Live Entertainment)


Fiesta Patrias
MX Live Entertainment
3 Hut­ton Cen­tre Drive, Suite 810
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 966-1788
Sept. 14 and 15
www.callecuatro.com

This popular two-day event celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day with fun for the entire family. Marked as one of the largest Hispanic celebrations in Southern California, this event is sure to be festive. Last year, there were 265,000 people in attendance. Don’t miss out on the carnival rides, food, games and live entertainment by Grammy award-winning and Billboard-charting artists. Take a glimpse at some of the fun had at previous Fiesta Patrias events while watching the video at this link.

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(credit: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)


Tapas Flavors of Spain
4253 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 756-8194
www.tapasnewportbeach.net

In addition to enjoying several tasty tapas and sipping on sangria, Tapas Flavors of Spain hosts live music and dancing on Friday and Saturday evenings. Drop in for lunch, happy hour, dinner or a night out on the town. The restaurant provides a unique setting in which you can have dinner and then end the evening at its nightclub. You will feel like you are in the heart of Spain with the festive environment of authentic cuisine, up-beat music and salsa, bachata and flamenco dancing.

Related: Best Sangria In Orange County

(credit: Santa Ana Parks and Recreation)

(credit: Santa Ana Parks and Recreation)


Bilingual Story Time 
Santa Ana Public Library
122 N. New Hope St.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 647-6992
Sept. 18
www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/library

Partake in bilingual story time and hone your understanding of the Spanish language while bonding with children and meeting new friends. The event will consist of reading one book in English and one book in Spanish. There will also be discussion to help teach families more about each language. This weekly gathering is followed by arts and crafts, so you may even want to stick around after story time.

(credit: Santa Ana Parks and Recreation)

(credit: Santa Ana Parks and Recreation)


Cuentos En Español
Santa Ana Public Library
20 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 647-5400
Sept. 17
www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/library

Enjoy an evening of Cuentos en Español (Spanish stories) at the Santa Ana Public Library. Bring the family and learn more about Hispanic culture while being entertained. If Spanish is not your first language, the evening can also help you and your children advance your Spanish communication skills. Be sure to have some basic understanding of the Spanish language because the stories are not read in English. This event reoccurs throughout the year, so you may want to join in the fun again.

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(credit: AARON MAASHO/AFP/Getty Images)


Costa Rica Restaurant
2500 W. Lincoln Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 527-2010
www.costaricarestaurantanaheim.com

Experience a taste of Central America at Costa Rica Restaurant in Anaheim. The extensive menu is composed of an array of authentic and American dishes suitable for adults and children, and the food choices are described in both Spanish and English to help simplify the ordering process. After satisfying your appetite, you can shake your hips on the dance floor. The DJ plays musical styles including salsa, merengue, bachata and the cha-cha.

Related: Best Dance Studios In Orange County

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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