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How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 in Portland

El Grito, ¡El Carnaval del Barrio!, and More
September 13, 2021
Portland's annual El Grito festival commemorates Mexican independence with a full day of festivities ranging from mariachi by local high school groups to an Aztec dance. (El Grito via Facebook)

Starting mid-September and running into October, Hispanic Heritage Month or Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic (pertaining to people who hail from or have ancestry in Spanish speaking countries) and Latinx (people of Latin American descent) Americans to the United States. If you’re looking to take part in this occasion—and you should!—we’ve rounded up a handful of events in and around Portland for you to celebrate and broaden your cultural understanding. For more ideas, see our full guide to the best things to do and places to eat in Portland. 

Celebrating Hispanic Roots
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Oregon-based Hispanic winemakers and winery owners will tell their stories, proudly display the diversity of Hispanic cultures (which span most of Latin America and Spain), and give back to Oregon's Spanish-speaking community. Participating wineries Alumbra Cellars, Atticus Wine, Beacon Hill Winery & Vineyard, Cramoisi Vineyard, Parra Wine Co, and Valcan Cellars will offer special wine selections with accompanying bites and donate ten percent of ticket and bottle sales to Adelante Mujeres Empresas, a development program that provides instruction for small business owners and supports individuals in pursuit of their dreams.
Beacon Hill Winery, Gaston (Sat Oct 3)

¡El Carnaval del Barrio!
Portland Mercado's “El Carnaval del Barrio,” or neighborhood carnival, will feature a night of music and dance performances, food, vendors, and community. Ten percent of the night's sales will benefit the Latino Student Union at David Douglas High School, which has one of the state's most diverse student bodies. 
Portland Mercado, Foster-Powell (Sat Oct 2)

El Grito 2021
Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, this fiesta commemorates the independence of Mexico and other Latin American countries from Spain. The most important holiday observed by Oregon's Hispanic community, the occasion will be celebrated with folkloric and Aztec dancers, live mariachi, salsa, cumbia and pop music, as well as traditional food and beverages, and community booths with interactive and educational materials.
Rose Quarter Commons, Lloyd District (Weds Sept 15)

El Grito Community Festival
Co-presented by Centro Cultural and the City of Hillsboro, this festive celebration will feature a traditional El Grito de la Independencia (the cry of independence by Father Miguel Hidalgo) ceremony. Stick around for live music, kids' activities, food and other vendors, interactive community booths, and a COVID-19 vaccine clinic courtesy of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center.
Shute Park, Hillsboro (Sat Sept 18)

Mexican Independence Day Celebration with Cramoisi Wine Pairings
Cramoisi Vineyard owners Sofía Torres-McKay and Ryan McKay will celebrate Mexican independence during this intimate dinner pairing Cramoisi wines with gourmet Mexican food. Diners will learn about Mexican culture and traditions over steaming bowls of pozole, stuffed pumpkin flowers, chiles en nogada, and sweet tamalitos. If you can't make it to this special event, the vineyard regularly offers their wine tasting experience in English and Spanish.
Cramoisi Vineyard, Dundee (Thurs Sept 16)

Moles & Stews Festival
In continuation of Portland Mercado's Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the collective will offer complex and traditional moles from Oaxaca and stews from all over Latin America and beyond to warm your heart and soul. We can't think of a better way to start off soup season.
Portland Mercado, Mt. Scott-Arleta (Sat Oct 9)

Portland Latin American Film Festival: Y tu mamá también
The Portland Latin Film Festival presents Y tu mamá también, director Alfonso Cuarón's breakthrough film, about two teenage boys (played by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) coming of age on a road trip through Mexico. The film is celebrating 20 years this year, so there's no better time to revisit it on the big screen.
Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District (Wed Sept 22)

SPECIALS

Tacovore
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the taco shop will be donating 25% of the sales from their Mezcalritas (Bozal Mezcal, strawberry, hibiscus) and 50% of sales from their Second Profession Watermelon Mint Sour to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Fund. 
Beaumont-Wilshire
Outdoor dining, limited indoor dining