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Best Ways To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month In OC

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Each year from September 15 to October 15, Americans celebrate the history, culture and contribution of the Hispanic community whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South American. This tradition began in 1968 under President Johnson's presidency and expanded to a 30-day observation under Reagan's era in 1988. Here are some of the top ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Orange County.

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Mariachi Divas
Tortilla Jo's - Downtown Disney
1510 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 535-5000
www.mariachidivas.com
Date: Held Saturdays from Oct. through Dec., 2014

Mexican restaurant Tortilla Jo's is home to authentic south-of-the-border food that celebrates the spirit of Mexican tradition. It is also celebrating Mexican Independence Day with a special chef menu on September 15 and 16 along with drink specials. Every Saturday during the month of September, the Mariachi Divas will perform at the restaurant where you can enjoy handmade tortillas and over 100 different tequilas during the month of Hispanic Heritage Month in Orange County.

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Exhibitions At Bowers Museum
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 567-3600
www.bowers.org
Date: Everyday during Hispanic Heritage Month4

During the month of Hispanic Heritage, the Bowers Museum has several ongoing exhibits to educate the public. These exhibits include the "California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos (1768-1848)," "Pre-Columbian Exhibits," " First Californians," murals by Mexican painter Raul Anguiano, a statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and El Camino Real marker bells. Free admission is provided to the public on the first Sunday of every month and free for those who are Santa Ana residents every Saturday.

Related: Best Latin Dance Clubs In OC

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Tapas Flavors of Spain
4253 Martingale Way
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 756-8194
www.tapasnewportbeach.net
Date: Every Friday and Saturday night of the month with live Flamenco shows at 7:30 p.m. These events are followed by salsa dancing until close.4

Nothing compares to the cuisine that Spain has to offer, especially at the Tapas in Newport Beach. It is also host to some of the best Latin entertainment in the region on the weekends with live Flamenco shows and salsa dancing immediately after eating, where the dance floor is filled with beginners all the way to professionals. This is a great place to stop by to grab a happy hour drink, dinner and really provides a unique environment that explores the heart of Spain through its cuisine, music and people.

Related: Hispanic Heritage Month Festivities In OC

Elle Toussi is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.
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