Graphic for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latinx Americans. The month is celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, guest speakers, and more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on Sept. 15, Mexico on Sept. 16, and Chile on Sept. 18.

Read the Mayor's full proclamation for Hispanic Heritage Month here. 


A series of events will be held in Iowa City throughout the month to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. If you would like to have your public Hispanic Heritage Month event added to this list, please email with your event. Event must be in the Iowa City area. Submission of your event does not guarantee addition to this list. 

Parks and Recreation Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at Robert A. Lee Recreation Center 

Our Parks and Recreation department will be hosting a free, family-friendly event at Robert A. Lee. The event will feature crafts, games, and more the represent multiple Hispanic countries. Crafts include making worry dolls from Guatemala, Hojalata tin art, and more. Check out the Facebook event! 

'The Line Becomes A River' book discussion on Zoom 

7 to 8:30 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, on Zoom 

Join the City of Iowa City Equity & Human Rights Division and the Iowa City Public Library for a discussion on "The Line Becomes A River" by Francisco Cantú. The memoir explores the author's life living near and working on the border between the US and Mexico. To learn more and register, visit the event page. 

Spanish language reading: Lina Meruane 

7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, Meeting Room A, the Iowa City Public Library 

The acclaimed Chilean novelist Lina Meruane, Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, will present her work in Spanish. Free and open to the public. Presented by the MFA Spanish Creative Writing Program of the University of Iowa. The event is open to the public. 

Lucas Farms Neighborhood Hispanic stories

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month

The Lucas Farm Neighborhood Association is spending the month sharing the stories of its Hispanic residents, past and present, on their Facebook page