This year will be the fifth edition of the Latin Music Awards. | Photo via Latin Music Awards Kentucky
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today, Sept. 15, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15. The four-week celebration spotlights the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic Americans with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
Sept. 15 is the date when five Latin American countries declared independence from Spain in 1821 — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16 + Chile’s is Sept. 18.
In Louisville, events are rolling out today. Here is a sampling of what the month has in store:
After Hours at the Speed UofL Cultural Center will have tables with resources that support the Latinx community. There will also be salsa footwork and performances by Brazilian Jazz group Horta Certa. It all starts tonight at 5 p.m.
El Carnivale The Hispanic Organization & Latino Alliance at Bellarmine hosts a colorful carnival in the quad featuring performances. The event is open to the public tonight at 4:30 p.m.
Latin Music Awards The biggest awards night of Latin Music in Kentucky is on Saturday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. at Bourbon Hall. Celebrate 60+ nominated artists with live performances, awards, a red carpet, and salsa dancing. Tickets range $35–$180.
Asamblea Comunitaria Meet elected officials like Nima Kulkarni and Jomaris DeJesus at a community forum hosted in Spanish Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sojourn Church Carlisle.
Gaslight Festival Weekend | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Gaslight Square, 1034 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown | Free | Peruse 100+ arts and crafts vendors in the center of this historic town.
Nightmare at The Georgetown Drive-In | Friday, Sept. 15-Saturday, Sept. 16 | 6:45 p.m. | Georgetown Drive-In, 8200 State Rd. 64, Georgetown | $6-$12 | Join Caufield’s Novelty for filled with horror movies + a creepy car cruise.
Pumpkin Patch Decorating Class | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Bae’s Baekery, 1804 Frankfort Ave., Louisville | $60 | Make a two-layer buttercream cake frosted with with piped pumpkins.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Oktoberfest | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11:30 a.m. | Gravely Brewing Co., 514 Baxter Ave., Louisville | Free | This local brewery is opening early to show the UofL football game + will have a polka band and outdoor games like a stein hoisting contest.
Diana Ross | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8 p.m. | Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St., Louisville | $70.50-$176 | See this legendary Motown singer.
Roberto Clemente’s Legacy Blood Drive | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Skybox at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, 800 W. Main St., Louisville | Free | Donate blood and receive free admission to the museum.
Fall Schnitzelburg Walk, Rock and Flea | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m. | Monnik, 1036 E. Burnett Ave., Louisville | Free | Usher in the fall season during this family-friendly block party with food trucks, vendors, and live music.
Water Lantern Festival | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 5-9 p.m. | Waterfront Park, 1101 E. River Rd., Louisville | $26.98+ | Decorate a water lantern and set afloat the Ohio River.
LouCity vs. San Diego Loyal SC | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium, 350 Adams St., Louisville | $19-$166 | Enjoy $2 beers and a post-game fireworks show.*
Sunday, Sept. 17
WAKY Radio 65th Anniversary Concert | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 3 p.m. | Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd., Louisville | $25 | Hear music from Caribou + The Crashers during this benefit concert for LMPD officer Nick Wilt.
Dino Day | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Kentucky Science Center, 727 W. Main St., Louisville | $23 | Wish Lottie the dinosaur a happy birthday during this prehistoric party with costumes, movies, and activities.
Horse racing has returned to Churchill Downs after being closed since June and implementing safety changes. The September Meet runs through Sunday, Oct. 1. See the calendar. (Louisville Public Media)
South Louisvillians will have two new restaurants to try in Colonial Gardens next year. Hokkaido Ramen and Sushi Restaurant is slated to open in January followed by Costa del Sol in February. (Louisville Business First)
What goes great with brandy? Bourbon.Copper & Kings will offer bourbon in October but you can buy bottles from the gift shop now. Celebrate its release with a Bourbon Bash on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. for tastings, live music, and flash tattoos.
Shoot 360 — an immersive training facility from former UofL basketballer, Peyton Siva — is slated to open later this month. The location in Springhurst at 9400 Dayflower St. will have its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This membership-based facility will help sharpen the skills of all ages. (The Courier-Journal)
We do talk about Bruno. “Encanto: The Sing-Along Film Concert” is coming to the Louisville Palace on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Dress up like your favorite characters and enjoy a live band while watching the film. Tickets start at $29.50.
The Brown Hotel will celebrate its centennial in Roaring Twenties fashion. Get dressed to the nines for its gala on Wednesday, Oct. 25, for dinner and dancing. Reservations are $100 per person and include a four-course meal + wine.
Derby City’s The Breeze made Wine Enthusiast’s list of best wine shops this year. The Shelby Park wine store and bar was lauded for being a social hub with its constant events. Shop its natural wines and coffee at 1247 S. Shelby St.
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Peyton Siva is an absolute legend. You may remember he led UofL to a national championship in 2013. He’s from Seattle (hi, SEAtoday) but we’ll claim him as a true Louisvillian. He even got married at the KFC Yum! Center.