Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Amtrak San Joaquins!

 Hispanic Heritage Month is a national celebration held annually from September 15th to October 15th where we recognize and celebrate the rich history, vibrant culture, and important contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans. The commencement date of September 15th marks the anniversary of Independence for countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua followed by the Independence of Mexico on September 16th and the Independence of Chile on September 18th

This year’s theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” Celebrate with Amtrak San Joqauins by planning a trip to check out the cultural institutions dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hispanic and Latino culture listed below:

Latino Center of Art & Culture (Sacramento)

Founded in 1972, this multi-disciplinary cultural center provides presentations, exhibitions, and artistic programs by Latinx artists, organizations and families. Just a short Uber or Lyft ride from Sacramento Valley Station.

Mexican Cultural Center of Northern California (Sacramento)

Since 1992, the MCCNC has worked to preserve and share the Sacramento region’s rich Mexican heritage through diverse arts programming, educational activities, and serving as a space for art exhibitions. With a host of annual cultural events, there’s something for everyone of all ages. Check out our Kids ‘n’ Train Discount and book a trip for the whole family!

Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery (Stockton)

Local cultural institution that educates and promotes Mexican art and culture through events, art exhibitions, and educational programming. Located walking distance from Stockton Amtrak station.

Kings Cultural Center (Armona)

Home to artistic programs for youth in Kings and Fresno counties, this organization works to instill cultural pride and understanding of heritage through traditional ethic events, community performances, and artistic programs that include Mariachi music, folklorico dance, drawing, and more. Conveniently located a short Uber or Lyft ride from the Amtrak Hanford station.

Artes Americas (Fresno)

Located in the Cultural Arts District in Downtown Fresno, this cultural arts center regularly hosts musical concerts, community events, and art exhibitions featuring local and international artists. From danzantes folkloricos, Mariachi, film, poetry, and videography, there is no shortage of opportunities to experience Hispanic and Latino heritage. Conveniently located a short walk from the Santa Fe Passenger Depot Amtrak station. 

Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy (Richmond)

A hub for Latino artists, this music academy and community space hosts arts and cultural events to amplify Mexican heritage in the Bay Area and beyond. Los Cenzontles is also a band who performs regularly and teaches hundreds of local youth in traditional Mexican music, dance, arts, and crafts in preservation of the culture. Located a short Uber or Lyft ride from the Amtrak Richmond station

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