As part of my mission to raise bilingual and bi-cultural children, I love taking the family to community and cultural events. It’s not only important, but an absolute necessity that a bilingual child be exposed the a second language/culture from many angles in order to value the relevancy of the language in every day life. The following is a list of many of the organizations/businesses that host events that I keep on my radar. Most (if not all) of these events are family friendly. The list in an evolving work in progress.
Centro Cultural (Cornelius, Oregon)
Adelante Mujeres (Forest Grove, Oregon)
El Grito y Fiestas Patrias in downtown Portland (Pioneer Square) on Sept. 15
Someday Lounge (Portland, OR) hosts an all-ages Dia De Muertos parade and altar making celebration.
Various Washington County Libraries have storytimes in Spanish and often hosts Hispanic cultural events
Grupo Condor– a touring folk music ensemble based in Portland, Oregon that embodies traditional musical styles of all of Spanish-speaking America.
Teatro Milagro– The Northwest’s premiere Latino arts and culture organization
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta -Portland Waterfront Park
Educate Ya– fostering social change, cultural integration, professionalism, and wellness education in the Latino communities
Voz– an organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education
KBOO Community Radio (90.7 fm in the Portland area) Every Sunday from noon to 7pm is programming in Spanish of interest to the Portland area
PCUN Radio Station-Oregon’s Farmworker Union Radio Station out of Woodburn, Oregon has children’s programming (think Alvin and the Chipmunks in Spanish) on Saturdays from 2-5 pm. You can stream it here.
Portland Latin America Film Festiival- Usually in September or October
Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce hosts a Latino Cultural Festival, usually held in April or May
Salsa en la Calle– A fun, family friendly dance party held on the east side of the Willamette River in August
The Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg hosts a really fun Day of the Dead exhibit in October complete with crafts for the kids
Glenn and Viola Waters Cultural Center in Hillsboro has some fun things going on sometimes
Dia de los Muertos NW appear in costume throughout the year in the Portland area
Ten Tiny Dances is a twice yearly event that features creativity and public performance of many different cultures, including the Hispanic Culture.
Ballet Folklorico México en la Piel, Ballet Folklorico Lo Nuestro and Ballet Folklorico Sol Azteca are the local Mexican dance troupes. Unfortunately, they don’t post events on their Facebook pages or otherwise online, but I love to see them dance!
Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana is usually held in early August