¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage – Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library

¡VIVA! Celebrating Latin Hispanic Heritage

Concerts, Dance, Crafts, Food & Films at the San Francisco Public Library


San Francisco, CA —  Join the fiesta at the San Francisco Public Library this fall with ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures with more than 80 music, food, film, dance, crafts and author talks happening mid-September through October.

dreamersSpecial ¡VIVA!  events include concerts with Grammy award winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and Jose-Luis Orozco.  Attend a storytime with Caldecott Honor Award winner and Pura Belpré Award winner Yuyi Morales as she reads from her new book, Dreamers.  ¡VIVA!  kicks off on September 15 with a performance by legendary Bay Area band Mariachi Mexicanisimo.

Throughout the fall, take part in salsa and guacamole-making programs, workshops on Repujado, the craft of Mexican embossing, Mission mural tours, piñata workshops and multiple screenings of everyone’s favorite film, Coco. On October 13, in cooperation with San Francisco’s 2018 Litquake Literary Festival, ¡VIVA! welcomes National Book Award finalist author Cristina Garcia as she discusses her latest work Here in Berlin.

Participate in Día de los Muertos festivities by painting masks at North Beach, creating tissue paper marigolds at Richmond and decorating sugar skulls at Mission and Golden Gate Valley. Día de los Muertos altar workshops celebrate those who have passed on, and take place in library locations across the City. Contribute by visiting a participating branch to place an ofrenda (offering) at the altar.

Visit sfpl.org/VIVA for more details and to view the ¡VIVA! Program Guide. ¡VIVA! is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.


¡VIVA! Programs
For a complete list of activities and events, view thprogram guide


Special Performances

 ¡VIVA! Kickoff Event with Mariachi Mexicanisimo – Sept. 15, 1 p.m., Atrium of the Main Library

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Oct. 14, 12 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 14, 3 p.m., Richmond

Celebrating Dreamers with Yuyi Morales — Oct. 6, 11 a.m., Main Library, Fisher’s Children’s Center

José-Luis Orozco in Concert
Oct. 20, 11 a.m., Merced
Oct. 20, 3 p.m., West Portal

Arts & Crafts 

Paper Flowers Marigolds — Oct. 27, 3–4 p.m., Richmond
Loteria Keychains — Oct. 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Mission
T(w)eens Make Papel Picado — Oct. 11, 3–5 p.m., Glen Park
Repujado: Metal Embossing — Sept. 15, 2:30–4 p.m., Parkside
Linoleum Block Printing Workshop — Oct. 13, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Mission
Mission Mural Tour — Oct. 6, 2–3 p.m., Mission

Culinary Classes

Snacks from Colombia — Oct. 11, 3:30–5 p.m., Noe Valley
Latin American Snack Trials — Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Potrero
Mexican Hot Chocolate tor T(w)eens — Oct. 9, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Anza
Make Your Own Salsa — Oct. 10, 4:30–5:30 p.m., Ocean View
Learn to Make Guacamole  — Oct. 13, 2–3 p.m., Ocean View

Music & Dance Performances

The People United Will Never Be Defeated — Sept. 2, 2–3 p.m., Main Library
Esencia Latin Jazz Ensemble — Oct. 12, 3–4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Poets & Dancers Remember Medieval Spain — Sept. 23, 2–4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Bululú in ConcertSept. 29, 4–5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Storytimes and Literary Events

Special ¡VIVA! Storytime and Licuados — Oct. 6, 11 a.m.–12 p.m., Mission
Special ¡VIVA! Storytime and GuacamoleSept. 16, 2–3:30 p.m., Parkside
An Evening with Author Cristina GarcíaOct. 16, 6–7:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino Room
Poetry Jam with Three Poet LaureatesSept. 13, 6–7:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room
The Language of Latino Identity — Oct. 20, 1–2 p.m., Western Addition

Día de Los Muertos Altar Workshops + Programs

Sept. 26, 3:30–5 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 17, 4–5 p.m., Richmond
Oct. 25, 10–11 a.m., Ocean View
Oct. 28, 2:30–3:30 p.m., Park
Oct. 27–Saturday, Nov. 3, Western Addition
Oct. 25–Sunday, Nov. 4, Visitacion Valley
Oct. 27–Monday, Nov. 5, Bernal Heights
Sept. 28, 4–4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights
Oct. 5, 4–4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights
Oct. 12, 4–4:30 p.m., Bernal Heights

More information here.


Pan’s LabyrinthSept. 16, 2–4 p.m. Anza
Documentary: Frida Kahlo Oct. 10, 6:30–7:30 p.m., West Portal
Mystery Street Sept. 17, 3–5 p.m., Golden Gate Valley
ViridianaSept. 29, 2–4 p.m., Park

Coco (2017) Rated PG, 109 minutes.

Sept. 7, 3–5 p.m., Portola
Sept. 19, 4–6 p.m., Excelsior
Oct. 5, 3–5 p.m., Portola
Oct. 6, 10:30–12:30 p.m., Mission Bay*
Oct. 6, 3:30–6 p.m., Ingleside**
Oct. 10, 3:30–5:30 p.m., Golden Gate Valley
Oct. 13, 2–3:30 p.m., Merced
Oct. 13, 3–5 p.m., West Portal*
Oct. 13, 2–4 p.m., Presidio
Oct. 27, 1:30–3 p.m., Richmond
Oct. 27, 3–5 p.m., North Beach
Nov. 2, 3–5 p.m., Portola