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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


National Science Expo

October 1, 2010

The first national science festival is coming to Washington on October 10 – 25. The two day science expo is scheduled for October 23 & 24th on the National Mall from 10 am to 5:30 pm. This is a perfect chance to bring the kids to Washington, get outside and enjoy the National Mall and see how much fun science can be.

Events around the DC area during the festival include science-themed events including star gazing, a school garden tour, a Rubik’s cube tournament, and science-themed comedy.

See a complete list of festival events.

See a complete performance schedule for the weekend Expo.

Discover a list of science fair projects and experiments you can do at home.

Plus while you’re visiting Washington DC, you can visit the National Museum of Natural History,  the National Zoo and the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.

Terra Cotta Warriors in Washington

November 4, 2009

When archeologists excavated the tomb of the first emperor of a unified China, they found thousands of life size clay figures – soldiers, archers, generals – even musicians and acrobats. Were they meant to guard the emperor’s rest or accompany him to next life? Come decide for yourself as the Terra Cotta warriors make their final stop in the United States at the National Geographic Museum at 17th & M Streets NW (Metro Farragut North) – a short walk from the Hamilton Crowne Plaza.

The exhibit runs November 19th through March 31, 2010. Daily 10 am – 6 pm. (Wednesdays extended evening hours until 9 pm.) Timed entry tickets are available in advance ($12 adults, $6 children, $10 seniors, students & military) and online purchase is recommended to ensure your preferred date and time. Audio tours are also available to enhance the experience. Free film screenings of The Real Dragon Emperor takes you inside the tomb and excavation of the first emperor of China

If you’d like to continue the Chinese theme of your day, you can enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants in Chinatown (Metro: Chinatown / Gallery Place) before heading to the National Zoo to visit Washington, DC’s most famous residents – Mei Xiang, Tian Tian, and Tai Shan – our giant pandas (Metro: Woodley Park / National Zoo).

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