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Plan a trip to DC for National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2011

This month marks the celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit.” This is a great chance for Washington to focus on the contributions of the Latin, Central American, South American, and Caribbean communities – and many of the events are free, so you can spend your money enjoying the cuisine, or on souvenirs of your trip.

The Latin American spirit has a colorful vibe unlike any other. With an eclectic mix of cultures, foods, music and traditions, its difficult not to become absorbed into this vibrant community. Growing up in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I remember the colorful scenes of the Carnaval – the women dancing down the street in colorful dresses, the men lighting the fireworks, and the excitement of the children playing on the street. Although these tender memories stayed with me during my time in Washington DC, I am excited to celebrate this month with friends and family and experience the exciting events being hosted this month in the city.

Exhibits

The National Gallery of Art will be presenting a diverse display featuring concerts and films to honor the diverse culture, and offering guided tours in Spanish. On Sunday September 26th, Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, a renowned pianist and composer, will be playing in concert on the West Building in the West Garden Court in honor of this special month, alongside many other Latin American composers and musicians. A film series honoring the bicentennial independence of Mexico from Spain will feature various Mexican films to include Alamar, Lake Tahoe, and Presumed Guilty and will play in the East Building Auditorium of the Gallery.

The National Museum of American History will be featuring special displays, particularly focusing on the Mexican Revolution and the migration of Mexicans to the United States. Later this year the museum will be celebrating Diosa Costello, a prominent Latin performer, artist, producer, club owner, as well as the first Latina on Broadway. Costello donated 11 of her costumes to the Smithsonian for this exhibit.

Film

The annual AFI Latin American Film Festival will be held September 22nd through October 12th at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center. The festival will focus on featuring various new films that will be premiering from 18 different Latin American regions.

Zoo

On September 18th the National Zoo will be hosting a Fiesta Musical with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latin music, Latin dancers, and traditional foods and crafts.

Community

Washington DC is also a great place to visit the monuments of various iconic Hispanic figures that have played an important role and contributed to many of the unique events in the history of the Americas. These important individuals include Jose Artigas, Simon Bolivar, Admiral David G. Farragut, Bernardo de Galvez, Benito Pablo Juarez, and General Jose de San Martin.

Also, the United Spanish War Veterans Memorial is located on Memorial Avenueon the west side of the Arlington Memorial Bridge outside Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Dining

In our own 14K Restaurant & Lounge, we will be honoring this special month with complimentary Seafood Tacos with the purchase of two dinner entrees. Chef’s special preparation of these delicious Seafood Tacos reminds me of Mazatlan in Mexico’s Golden Coast featuring fresh seafood served with tomato, shallots, jalapeños, fresh lime, and cilantro mayonnaise – a twist to the traditional Mexican ceviche with North American influence.

Discover some of the great restaurants in Washington serving Latin American and Caribbean food, just a short walk from the hotel.

Learn more about the events scheduled for the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

See our specials and book your room at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza now – be sure to book your table at 14K Restaurant as well.

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Fun Fall Festivals in Washington DC

September 8, 2009

Are you planning a trip to Washington DC this month? There are some great fall festivals happening in September. And if you’re staying at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, you’ll be right downtown with easy access to these events:

The Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival is Saturday, September 12th and includes street performances, behind the scenes tours, and a children’s book festival with opportunities to meet the authors and illustrators. (Metro: Foggy Bottom. Free Shuttle Buses to the Kennedy Center)

Then head across the Potomac to Rosslyn for the Rosslyn Jazz Festival and enjoy free jazz in Gateway Park. Holly Cole is headlining the festival this year. Other acts include Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Lafayette Gilchrist.  (Metro: Rosslyn)

Or if you’re feeling more artistic, head  to Penn Quarter for Arts on Foot kicking off the fall arts season with an outdoor art festival plus cultural activities, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and a neighborhood showcase. (Metro: Gallery Place / Chinatown)

The 9th Annual Library of Congress Book Festival will be held on the National Mall on September 26th.  Authors are grouped into Pavilions by genre (Children, Mysteries & Thrillers, Fiction & Fantasy, History & Biography etc.) to read from their latest works and many authors will also be available for signings. Authors include Judy Blume, John Irving, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, Azar Nafisi and many more. See a complete list of authors. (Metro: Smithsonian)

If you feel like escaping the City (and the 21st Century), visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Maryland. Running every Saturday and Sunday through October 25th, the Renaissance Festival is a well known tradition in the area. This year, Henry VIII has just lost his 5th wife – Katherine Howard and is looking to wed. The festivities are taking place in Revel Grove. Grab a turkey leg, watch a joust, and enjoy the show.

For more information about any of these activities or for directions from the hotel, just ask the concierge or any of the front desk staff.


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