Every inch of Portland has its own unique history, and every Portlander has their own story. Read on to learn more about the city’s many cultural communities, and discover places and ways to find community while on a trip to The Rose City. For more things to do, check out our events calendar.
Know Before You Go
To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.
Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
Oregon’s first Black winemaker, Bertony Faustin has been building community since 2007, when he launched his small-batch winery, Abbey Creek
The national cannabis scene is predominantly white and male; Portland’s Tiara Darnell, named Oregon’s best budtender for 2017, is working to change that.
Black-owned Portland trattoria Amalfi’s has offered the same old-school recipes and community support for three generations.
Hispanic & Latinx Culture
Latinx eateries, arts groups and institutions offer opportunities for visitors to connect with the local Hispanic American community.
Hispanic & Latinx History
The Hispanic American population in Oregon has strong roots and a storied past. Learn more about Latinx culture, community and important historical events.
With a neighborhood grocery, meat market, coffee shop, food cart pod and more, the Mercado is one of the city’s most delicious destinations.
7 Great Latinx-Owned Eateries in Portland
Portland is home to plenty of authentic eateries from every corner of Latin America. Feast on arepas, tlayudas, pupusas and burritos; read on for some of the best Latinx-owned restaurants and food carts in Portland.
Tango in Portland
The City of Roses boasts one of the best tango communities outside of Buenos Aires, with dances and lessons available almost every night.
Japanese Americans have been a critical part of Portland's past and present.
Connect with Portland's rich Japanese-American heritage at sites around the city.
Portland's Japanese American community offers engaging activities all year long.
LGBTQ+ History in Portland
Portland’s LGBTQ history includes many years of activism, legislative progress and the election of the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city.
Portland has no shortage of LGBTQ-owned and queer-friendly bars and clubs. Whether you're looking for a relaxing night with friends, a high-energy dance party or a drag show, Portland delivers.
LGBTQ+ Sports & Recreation
Portland abounds with LGBTQ-friendly sports and recreation opportunities.
LGBTQ+ Festivals & Events
From film festivals to parties and pride parades, Portland's LGBTQ community celebrates all year 'round.
Every June, the Portland Pride Festival & Parade makes a name for itself — and LGBTQ+ community members — all over town.
LGBTQ+ Performing Arts & Drag
Portland's drag show options include drag queen brunch and a Guinness World Record holder.
Meet Loretta Guzman, owner of Bison Coffeehouse in Northeast Portland, the city’s only Native-owned coffee shop.
Portland artist Katherine Paul draws inspiration from the riot grrrl movement, Nirvana and her Swinomish roots.
Learn about and celebrate indigenous foods like camas, wapato and salmon in several Portland-area parks.
Indian American Community
The Indian American community in Portland and its neighboring suburbs consists of a thriving and growing population of almost 10,000 Indians.
Arab American Community
Connect with the community of more than 40,000 Arab Americans living in Oregon through community centers, cultural festivals and other events.
Family is at the Heart of Lebanese Food in Portland
Meet the family behind beloved eateries Nicholas, Ya Hala and World Foods Market, and discover how they helped build Portland's Lebanese food scene.
Middle Eastern Eateries in Portland
Portland’s Middle Eastern restaurants promise rich Lebanese, Iraqi and Syrian flavors, warming spices and authentic cultural traditions.
Making the Outdoors Accessible to All
These five fantastic local organizations are helping people of every culture, race and ethnicity experience the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty.
My People’s Market Spotlights Local Entrepreneurs of Color
My People’s Market showcases local entrepreneurs and makers of color, connecting them with industry professionals and consumers.
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