Latino Culture

Unique Unites

When you explore Milwaukee, you'll notice that our city is home to a rich Latino history that has helped shape our community into what it is today. First welcoming Spanish-speaking immigrants in the 1920s, Milwaukee's Latino community has made major contributions in everything from massive murals to mouth-watering culinary creations. Join us as we discover the sights, sounds, and flavors of this vibrant culture.

Head over to Walker’s Point on Saturday, September 17th, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration – presented by Milwaukee Film. Located at Zócalo Food Park, support Latinx businesses while enjoying live music, delicious food and drinks, a variety of vendors, and more!

On October 1st, Latino Arts Inc. presents Noche de Gala 2022, exploring Latin America through cultural cuisine, dancing, music, and more! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month while supporting the award-winning Latino Arts Strings Program.

For a night out with the family, look no further than the Marcus Performing Arts Center's Fiesta de Orquesta Para Niñas: A Pajama Jamboree for National Hispanic Heritage Month, Wednesday, September 2st, 2022. Spend your evening in your PJs at the Bradley Pavilion listening to music inspired by Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Admission is free!

Transport yourself to the night skies above the Dominican Republic at the UW-Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium's Dancing Under the Stars. In between the planetarium’s two shows on September 23rd, 2022, enjoy a demonstration of bachata and merengue dances, along with refreshments.

Latinas Unidas En Las Artes (LUNA) 
LUNA is an artist collective creating dedicated space for Latino women and nonbinary artists through community engagement, art exhibitions, and collaborative projects. 

Latino Arts Inc.
Latino Arts Inc. is the only Wisconsin fine arts institution dedicated to exclusively showcasing the works of Hispanic and Latino artists through a variety of programming. The organization is committed to sharing the rich heritage of the Latino community to a diverse, global audience. 

Mauricio Ramirez Milwaukee Murals 
Visual Artist Mauricio Ramierez has been painting the town for many years...literally. Adorning various Milwaukee buildings, his mural works include “Heart & Sol” located downtown, “Our Roots Say That We’re Sisters” on Marquette University’s campus, “Frontline Heroes” in the South Side neighborhood, and the mural of Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo downtown.

Milwaukee Public Museum 
You can truly travel the globe under one roof at the Milwaukee Public Museum, including its Pre-Columbian America and South & Middle America permanent exhibits. From the archaeological digs of Peru to the markets of Guatemala, there are many options to explore the cultures of Latin America. 

Roberto Hernández Center 
Located on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, the Roberto Hernández Center has been serving Latino students and communities of southeastern Wisconsin for over 50 years. Its mission includes academic services, Latino community outreach, and research key to Latino communities. 

United Community Center 
Founded in the late 1960s, the United Community Center is known nationwide for its affiliation with the United Way Organization and serves more than 18,000 residents of the Latino community per year with its wide range of social and educational programs and services. 

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UCC Fish Fry

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City of Festivals

There are so many ways to support Milwaukee's Latino community every day: 

  • Get a flavor for this rich culture by dining at a Latino restaurant. 
  • One of the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation’s major annual events is Mexican Fiesta. Learn Mexican and Latino history and traditions inside the cultural pavilion, then enjoy delicious food, enthusiastic mariachis, and an elaborate swirl of traditional dancers. 
  • Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee provides support and promotion to local Hispanic professionals for every stage of their career. Community members and allies may provide mentorship, professional opportunities, and more. 
  • The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin offers several opportunities for get involved and support the Latino community from volunteer opportunities to scholarship fund contributions.