Hispanic American culture

Explore Portland's Hispanic American culture with these attractions and entertainment.

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    This section was produced in collaboration with El Hispanic News, a monthly bilingual newspaper that is the oldest Hispanic publication in the Pacific Northwest and a leading source of information for the Hispanic community.

    Attractions

    Portland Mercado

    Painted in vibrant shades of pink, yellow and turquoise, the Portland Mercado shines brightly as an innovative cultural hub for Portland. Opened in April 2015, the complex provides affordable launch space for local Latino-owned businesses. With 19 enterprises — including a neighborhood grocery, meat market, coffee shop and food cart pod — in place, the Mercado has also become one of the city’s most delicious destinations. Read more >>

    Alberta Arts District

    The Alberta Arts District is a multicultural neighborhood with numerous Mexican groceries and taquerías, as well as galleries, boutiques and restaurants.

    The Last Thursday art walk turns the street into a spirited open-air party on the last Thursday evening of each month.

    You’ll find good examples of muralists’ art at Northeast 20th Avenue and Alberta Street, where attractive paintings grace the interior and exterior of the grocery store and the two taquerías. The Diego Rivera-inspired mural of a reclining woman in La Bonita Taquería is especially beautiful.

    The Grotto, The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

    A peaceful oasis in the midst of the city, The Grotto is set among 62 acres of botanical gardens. As an internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary, The Grotto offers a place of quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues and shrines are nestled among flower-lined pathways winding under towering firs. Gardens and gift shop are open daily; group tours and daily Mass are also offered.

    Miracle Theatre Group

    The Miracle Theatre Group, which deservedly dubs itself “the Northwest’s premiere Latino arts and culture organization,” is the heart of Oregon’s Hispanic arts scene. In addition to offering Spanish, English and bilingual plays, festivals and musical performances, Miracle also features a community space for art exhibits and other events. Among their yearly seasonal offerings are the Día de los Muertos festival and Posada Milagro.

    Portland Art Museum

    The permanent collections at the Portland Art Museum include pre-Columbian art from Meso and South America, modern Mexican drawings and Latin American art.

    Washington County Museum

    The Washington County Museum, 20 minutes west of downtown, features occasional exhibits on Hispanic culture and history. The Bracero exhibit explores the first recorded influx of Mexican and Latino immigrants into Washington County through the Bracero program, the achievements of Mexicans and Americans working together, and the major role of agriculture in the county’s economy today. Closed Sundays and major holidays.

    Cuisine

    Portland’s many food carts and taquerías offer plentiful casual opportunities to sample Latin foods, but also not to be missed are the city’s innovative and acclaimed fine Latin restaurants.

    Here is a sampling of Portland’s many wonderful Latin-influenced restaurants:

    Dance and Entertainment

    Portland has a lively Flamenco scene. Visit Portland Flamenco Events for listings of local events. Other dance and entertainment venues include:

    Aztec Willies

    Aztec Willies is a restaurant and bar hosts salsa dancing every Saturday, as well as other culture-specific evenings such as Colombian Night, Brazilian Night and One Night in Cuba.

    Caribe

    This Southwest Portland nightclub is a great spot for salsa, cumbia and other Latin dancing. Caribe has three floors and specials on different nights of the week.

    Santa Fe Taquería

    Northwest Portland’s Santa Fe Taquería is a taquería and cantina that hosts salsa dancing every Thursday night.


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