Semana Latina: A Week-Long Celebration

Semana Latina: A Week-Long Celebration

Semana Latina

Semana Latina (Latin Week) is a week-long celebration of Latino culture in Chattanooga. 

From April 29 to May 6, several organizations from across the region are coming together to offer special programming and activities to celebrate Latin American culture. 

Coca-Cola UNITED BottlingSpecial thank you to Coca-Cola UNITED Bottling Company for their contribution of product and additional printing during several of these activities. 

2017 Schedule of Activites

Saturday April 29 

East Lake Language and ArtsOrganization: ELLA Chattanooga
Event: East Lake Book Fiesta
Time: TBD
Location: East Lake Park
Book Fiesta is a literacy event celebrating Children's Day/World Book Day, and is based on the picture book Book Fiesta written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Rafael Lopez.
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Sunday April 30

Organization: Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee AquariumEvent: Get Up Close w/ Latin American Animals at the Tennessee Aquarium
Date: Sunday April 30, 2017
Time: Aquarium hours are 10 AM to 6 PM; special programs scheduled throughout the day
Location: Tennessee Aquarium
Details: Spend the afternoon meeting animals native to Central and South America. Release butterflies, meet a tweeting Electric Eel and more! Special coupons for discounted tickets will be available at La Paz Chattanooga's events and at their office. 
Special Programs: 10:00 AM – Hyacinth Macaw Presentation, 2:30 PM – Butterfly Release, 3:00 PM –Animals of Latin America Presentation, 4:00 – Electric Eel Feeding

Organization: Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery MuseumEvent: Día de los Niños
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Creative Discovery Museum
More Information coming soon

Monday May 1

no activities scheduled at this time

Tuesday May 2 

no activities scheduled at this time

Wednesday May 3 

Chattanooga LookoutsOrganization: Chattanooga Lookouts
Event: Latino Day at the Ballpark - Lookouts vs. the Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Time: Gates open at 6:00, Game begins at 7:15 p.m.
Location: AT&T Field
La Paz Chattanooga will be the Lookout's Community Partner for the game that night. As part of that, people can purchase discount tickets at the La Paz office ($5/person - general admission). La Paz will also have a booth at the game where people can purchase discounted tickets to Sangria on the Bluff.

Thursday, May 4

ESL Potluck DinnerEvent: International Celebration and Potluck Dinner featuring Chattanooga'a ESL Community
Sponsoring Organizations: La Paz Chattanooga, Hamilton Co. Department of Education, Chattanooga School of Language, Hamilton Co. Baptist Association, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Tennessee College of Applied Technology
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
Location: Orchard Knob Elementary School - 2000 East 3rd Street
ESL student participants and their families from throughout Chattanooga will come together to break bread, share a meal, and enjoy relaxed, informal conversation. It's our community's way to celebrate our immigrant community members who participate in ESL programs throughout the city. 

Friday May 5

Chattanooga ZooOrganization: Chattanooga Zoo
Event: Latino Family Festival & Cinco de Mayo Day at the Chattanooga Zoo
Time: 9am-4pm
Location: 301 N Holtzclaw Ave
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Latino culture with us during our Latino Family Festival May 5-7.  Bring your friends and family to enjoy native music, animal enrichment, meet & greet with the animals and more!  Dora the Explore will also be here for all the days. For Cinco de May Day at the Zoo (May 5th only), participate in our Dora the Explorer scavenger hunt as we explore the Zoo's South American animal exhibits.