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2023 Nuestra Cultura Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15

Nuestra Cultura tile graphic


San Diego Public Library presents Nuestra Cultura, a series celebrating and recognizing the rich heritage, history, contributions, and culture of our Latin American and Indigenous communities. We recognize that there is deeply rooted pride in heritage and that self-identities are important, unique, and may change over time. We celebrate with an array of programs for all ages and recommended reading and listening lists from our English and Spanish collections. 

La Biblioteca Pública de San Diego presenta Nuestra Cultura, una serie que celebra y reconoce la rica herencia, historia, contribuciones y cultura de nuestras comunidades latinoamericanas e indigenas. Reconocemos que existe un orgullo profundamente arraigado en la herencia y que las identidades propias son importantes, únicas y pueden cambiar con el tiempo. Celebramos con una variedad de programas para todas las edades y listas de lectura y escucha recomendadas de nuestras colecciones en inglés y español.




Ballet Folklorico dancer

Celebracion de la Independencia

Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Logan Heights Library

Come celebrate Mexican Independence Day at Logan Heights Library. The library will be hosting a craft, as well as the Baile Folklorico dancers.  

Celebrando Nuestra Cultura

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 | 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Mt. View/Beckwourth Library

Celebrate Hispanic/Latin Heritage at the Mountain View/Beckwourth Library. There will be free fun cultural themed activities and crafts for the whole family to enjoy!

Event Schedule

4 p.m. | Spanish Storytime

4:30 p.m. | Folklorico Painting Craft

4:30 p.m. | Face Painting and Balloon Animals

5 p.m. | “I Love Drumming” educational concert with Drummers Without Borders

Nuestra Cultura Celebration 

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Central Library

Celebrate Nuestra Cultura with stories, traditional tortilla making, and a screening of Encanto. Join us for some Spanish and a side of tortilla!

Event Schedule:

5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Storytime and tortilla making

5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  | Screening of Encanto

Fiesta de Nuestra Cultura

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library

Join us for a Fiesta to celebrate Latine Heritage Month. Make some música in a fun drum circle, create some arte, and listen to some bilingual cuentos! Drum circle is presented by Drummers Without Borders.









Children’s Programs

Ojo de dios

Libraries across the City are hosting story times, crafts, and more that explore Nuestra Cultura! 

Vejigantes Mask Take-home Kit

Friday, September 1 - Saturday, September 30 | Skyline Hills Library

While supplies last.


Ballet Folklorico (ages 5-12)

Every Tuesday | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Logan Heights Library

Note: To register your child, please email

Create-It Thursday: Shrink-a-dinks

Thursday, September 7, 2023 | 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library

Registration required.

Create-It Thursday: 3D Alebrije Workshop

Thursday, September 14, 2023 | 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library 

Registration required.

Quetzalcóatl Paper Chain Take & Make Craft Kit: A Nuestra Cultura Program

Monday, September 18, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Point Loma/Hervey Library 

While supplies last.

Create-It Thursday: Nicho Boxes

Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library

Registration required.

Crafting Culture: Huichol (All Ages)

Saturday, September 23, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. | College Rolando Library

Registration required.

Afternoon Crafting: Ojos de Dios

Saturday, September 27, 2023 | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Pacific Beach Library

Create-It Thursday: Guatemalan Kites

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library 

Art Smarts presents Axolotl Art - Celebrating Nuestra Cultura!

Monday, October 2, 2023 | 6 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | San Ysidro Library

Registration required.

Latino Heritage Month: Making Altar Boxes

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 |  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Mira Mesa Library

Registration required.



Adult & Teen Programs



Film Screenings



Featured Art at Logan Heights Library

Information about the Artists and featured artwork: PDF icon Fast Facts | PDF icon Exhibition Checklist

  • Featured Art at Logan Heights Library

  • Featured Art at Logan Heights Library

  • Featured Art at Logan Heights Library


Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display

  • Nuestra Cultura Book Display




Dreamers Lost + Found with Lizz Huerta

Books for Good Trouble

Margarita Pintado from Puerto Rico to San Diego

Conversations with Poets

Adrián Arancibia on empowering the next generation

Conversations with Poets

Looking back with Deborah Ramos

Conversations with Poets

Karla Cordero on Teaching & Creating Space for Students

Conversations with Poets

Olga García, Influence of Grandmothers & Being a Poet

Conversations with Poets


General Interest

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San Diego is home to many community groups that celebrate Nuestra Cultura. For more information, visit the links below:

  • Sherman Heights Foundation: The Sherman Heights Community Center (SHCC) was founded in 1984 and serves 20,000 residents a year who live in Sherman Heights and the nearby communities of Grant Hill, Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, San Ysidro and other South Bay communities. 

  • House of Mexico: A nonprofit organization focused on developing and implementing on-going programs that serve the community and reflect our mission to share, celebrate, educate and promote the rich art, culture and history of Mexico to San Diego and its visitors. 

  • Centro Cultural de la Raza: The Centro’s mission is to create, preserve, and educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous art and culture.

  • Barrio Logan’s Art Community: Barrio Logan is home to a thriving artists' community, with a rich cultural tradition headlined by the district's crown jewel, Chicano Park. The park is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and is an iconic destination where visitors can explore Chicano history in one of the largest collections of public murals in North America. The art community in Barrio Logan has taken a nod from Chicano Park and is home to numerous artist collectives, galleries and events including the monthly Barrio Art Crawl.

  • The Front Arte Cultura:  The mission of the Front Arte Cultura is to boost Arts & Culture in the San Ysidro – Tijuana region, and to give space to new, diverse, and innovative projects and ideas.


Community Resources