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Santa Monica Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Published on August 29, 2023

The Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel will be lit floral designs in yellow, orange, pink, purple, and blue on Sunday, October 15 in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Los Angeles, a city renowned for its cultural vibrancy and diversity, comes alive with even more fervor during Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15th to October 15th. This month-long celebration pays homage to the significant contributions of Hispanic communities to the city’s identity and the nation at large. As part of this grand celebration, Los Angeles embraces its Hispanic roots through a multitude of events and activities, showcasing the invaluable influence of Hispanic culture in shaping the city’s unique mosaic.

Throughout the city, from historic districts to modern cultural centers, vibrant events such as traditional dance performances, mariachi concerts, and art exhibitions take center stage. These artistic expressions not only captivate audiences but also serve as a powerful reminder of the deep-rooted heritage that continues to enrich the city’s narrative. A few options below:

Latino Heritage Parade & Festival in Pasadena

Alexandre Arrechea: Intersected Horizons exhibition at Museum of Latin American Art

La Junta Los Angeles celebrates 10 Years at La Plaza De Cultura Y Artes

Food has always been a cornerstone of culture, and Los Angeles seizes this opportunity to showcase the culinary treasures of Hispanic communities. From bustling food festivals to local eateries, the city invites residents and visitors to savor the delectable flavors of Hispanic cuisine. Beyond the gastronomic delights, Hispanic Heritage Month fosters community engagement, providing a platform for sharing stories, traditions, and experiences that weave together the multicultural fabric of the city. A few options below:

Heart-shaped pupusas from La Pupusa

Frida Khalo conchas at Azules

Birria Ramen from Birria x Godz

Hispanic Heritage Month in Los Angeles serves as an annual reminder that diversity is the heartbeat of the city. The events and celebrations that unfold during this month showcase the profound impact of Hispanic culture on Los Angeles while highlighting the shared values that unite its residents. As the city comes together to celebrate Hispanic heritage, it reiterates its commitment to embracing differences, acknowledging contributions, and building a future that thrives on unity in diversity.

This special lighting event will take place on the evening of Sunday, October 15. The Ferris wheel lights can be seen from dusk until 11:35 PM each evening. Enjoy watching the light program online at

Special Lighting of the Pacific Wheel for Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 15, 2023
dusk (around 6 – 6:30 PM) to midnight

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


See the lights from home at

Pacific Park regularly programs the Ferris wheel to display seasonal programing and themed light designs for holidays and special occasions. The Pacific Wheel’s state-of-the-art lighting package was installed in 2016 and can display over 1.6 million different colors and animate patterns and icons in 24 frames per second. The energy efficient LEDs on the face of the Ferris wheel are powered by solar arrays inside Pacific Park. The light programs are curated and designed by Pacific Park staff. Each design is manually animated; some designs can take hours of programming. The aim is to provide fun, high-energy, and sometimes whimsical designs to entertain guests on the Santa Monica Pier and surrounding beaches.


Feature image courtesy of @pacpark