September kicks off Los Angeles Latino American Heritage Month, a celebration of the contributions of Latinos to the City’s past, present and future. Among the events is Fiesta Patrias at Olvera Street, sponsored by NELA Councilmember José Huizar. The festival is the most popular L.A. celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day and the only one celebrated at the City’s historic birthplace. Saturday, Sept. 15 and Sunday, Sept. 16 / 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. / El Pueblo Historic Monument / 125 Paseo de la Plaza / Downtown L.A.
Latino Heritage Month this year will also include a first-of-its-kind mini film festival, Cine Sin Fronteras. Presented by the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles and other sponsors, the film fest will showcase short films from the Morelia (Michoacán, México) International Film Festival. The event will include a Q&A with special guests and a musical performance by El Rio. / Vincent Price Art Museum / East Los Angeles College / 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez / Monterey Park / Saturday, Sept. 15 / El Rio musical performance 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. / Screenings and Q&A 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.