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One of our generation’s Latin music staples is none other than Selena Quintanilla. Not only was she a trailblazer during her lifetime, but the impact she left us — especially Mexican-Americans — undeniably cemented her legacy. 

Now, almost three decades after her death, she is still considered one of the most recognized Tex-Mex icons to have set foot in the entertainment industry. This proves she is an important figure in our Latin history that should and will always be treasured for future generations to come.

However, fans are often faced with authenticity surrounding her posthumous estate. 

For Selena enthusiasts, many have struggled with issues surrounding her family’s exploitation. At the same time, though, Selena-lovers can still embrace the tremendous and positive impact that the “Como La Flor” singer ultimately brought them. 

Whether it was by finding comfort in someone that looked like us on the big screen or finding the value of family through her example, it’s clear that Selena left quite the impression on a sky-rocketed amount of Latinos.

If this sounds like you, I invite you to put on your favorite Selena track and continue reading about five places every Selena fan should visit. At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping her memory alive — in the most authentic and fangirl way possible.

Long live the Tejano music queen!

A Selena Tribute Concert

There are many Selena tributes happening all over the map. If you live in Southern California, though, you can catch the Anything For Salinas Band live on various summer dates. Surely, with a quick Google search around your area, you can find a cover band that will take you years back to relive what could have been.

The Selena Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas

For the hardcore fans, there’s an official Selena Museum operated by her family in Corpus Christi. At $5, you can get a guided tour of the Tex-Mex icon’s memorabilia. The museum is open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST. The Museum is located at 5410 Leopard St. Corpus Christi, TX  78408.

Her “Mirador del La Flor” Statue in Corpus Christi, Texas

Unsurprisingly, many of Selena’s most famous tributes are in her hometown. There’s a life-size bronze statue dedicated to the “Amor Prohibido” singer located since 1997 at the Corpus Christi Bayfront Seawall located at 600 N Shoreline Blvd Corpus Christi, TX 78401.

The Selena altar at Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery in San Antonio, Texas

This cafe/bakery is known for its year-round altars. They actually have a famous Selena altar alongside other important Latine key figures. Why not grab a bite and see the tribute yourself? Located at: 218 Produce Rowsan San Antonio, TX 78207.

Your local Selena-themed anything!

For those who don’t live in Texas (or plan to visit it anytime soon), I suggest searching for Selena-themed activities. Since she’s such a huge emblematic figure in our Latine community, there are many parties, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc., celebrating her in their own way. You’d be surprised how creative Selena enthusiasts can be and the way that they bring their community together!