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

For Immediate Release: 9/3/19
Media Contacts: Jaime Wong
(415) 557-4295; Jaime.Wong@sfpl.org

& Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; michelle.jeffers@sfpl.org


¡VIVA! Celebrating Latino Hispanic Heritage

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

San Francisco,CA – Bienvenidos! In celebration of Latino Hispanic Heritage Month, San Francisco Public Library isproud to announce ¡VIVA!, a citywide celebration of Latino Hispanic cultures with more than 100 music, food, film, dance, crafts and author talks happening mid-September through the end of October.

Adults can step into Cuban and Brazilian dance; enjoy classical Latin music; engage in a discussion with Queer and Trans Latinx writers, activists and leaders; attend a Latinx literary variety show; explore San Francisco History Center’s Carnaval archive; hear live oral histories from the women entrepreneurs of La Cocina’s cookbook and so much more! 

The Library is thrilled to partner with the Mexican Museum: bringing Tecuan masks from their permanent collections, they will educate and lead a unique craft program to construct 2D/3D masks. Local children’s book authors Aida Salazar (The Moon Within) and Mitali Perkins (Between Us and Abuela) showcase their latest titles at read alouds. Feel the beat of music with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble. Finally, head to the Main Children’s Center for a presentation from Taller Bombalele on Bomba, a tradition of songs, rhythm and dance steeped in a Taino-African alliance in resistance to colonization and slavery in Puerto Rico.

All library locations throughout the city will be full of papel picado (paper streamers), flores de papel (paper flowers) and ofrendas (altars), ready to host events and classes celebrating Latino Hispanic heritage, cultures and traditions. This year’s ¡VIVA! events embrace all ages and all people. 

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 the program guide.

Special Performances and Highlights

Misión Flamenca Dance Troupe
– Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Main Library, Atrium 

The Moon Within with Children’s Author Aida Salazar – Sept.14, 1 p.m., West Portal Branch

Still Here San Francisco: Queer and Trans Latinx Writers in This CitySept. 14, 2:30 p.m., Mission Branch

Mission Grafica: Off the Wall – Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St.

Between Us and Abuela with Children’s Author Mitali Perkins – Oct. 12, 2 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch

Queer Latinx History of the Mission's 16th Street Corridor – Sept. 25, 6 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch 

Hands on History: Carnaval in the Archives – Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, San Francisco History Center, 6th Floor

Literary Events

Book Launch: Maestrapeace: San Francisco’s Monumental Feminist Mural Sept. 14, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America – Oct. 8, 6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium 

Carolina de Robertis - Cantoras – Oct. 9, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room 

Arts & Crafts Programs

Mask Making with The Mexican Museum – Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Marina Branch; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.,Visitacion Valley Branch; Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m., Mission Branch; Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Noe Valley Branch

Zapotec Rugs CraftSept. 20, 4 p.m., Merced Branch

Milagros and Rain Sticks with the Museum of Craft and DesignOct. 12, 2 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch

Día de los Muertos Skeleton CraftOct. 30, 3:30 p.m., Chinatown Branch

Food Programs

Guacamole Party – Sept. 22, 3 pm., Portola Branch

We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream – Oct. 15, 6 p.m, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room 

Music & Dance Performances

¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? Latinx Literary Variety Show (¡Viva! edition!) – Sept. 18, 6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

Taller Bombalele – Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s General Floor Area

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco – Oct. 26, 3 p.m., Western Addition Branch

Día de Los Muertos Altar Workshops + Programs

Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop

Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Park Branch

Oct. 30, 6 p.m., Excelsior

Oct. 31, 3 p.m., Sunset Branch

Día de los Muertos Altar Workshop – Teens only

Fri. Nov. 1, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix

Sat. Nov. 2, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix

Día de los Muertos Community Altar

Oct. 25 – Nov. 4, Visitacion Valley Branch

Oct. 26 – Nov. 2, Bernal Heights Branch


La GuajiraOct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Noe Valley Branch

Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.– Oct. 5, 3 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Una Noche Sin Luna/A Moonless NightOct. 13, 2 p.m., Anza Branch

September 3, 2019