National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. This is a time for celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of people of Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean and Central and South American decent. The celebration starts on September 15, the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and 18, respectively.
Oregon’s Tualatin Valley has a strong and rich Hispanic and Latino community. Several organizations hold the community together as cultural centers for Hispanic families. From offering support to hosting events, these groups help keep Tualatin Valley’s Hispanic community strong.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in Tualatin Valley
Adelante Mujeres, which aims to empower Latinas, puts on the Forest Grove Farmers Market (Wednesday, 4-8 p.m.) and the Cornelius Farmers Market (Friday, 4-8 p.m.). The markets were started to foster cross-cultural exchange and gives small farmers a chance to connect with the community. At the market, you’ll find locally-grown produce, handmade crafts, meat, eggs, baked goods and prepared food.
Centro Cultural de Washington County has dance classes and annual events, including Dia de los Muertos.
El Grito (September 17, 2-7 p.m.) is to celebrate El Grito, was the battle cry of the Mexican War of Independence. The festivities will include music, food, family activities and more at Shute Park in Hillsboro. On September 16, 1810, the date now celebrated as Mexico’s Independence Day, Hidalgo voiced the “Cry of Dolores,” which called Mexicans to rise against the Spanish crown and fight for independence.
The El Grito marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrates Mexican Independence Day, as well as the independence of six other Latin American countries:
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
Closing out the month is the first-ever El Tigre Fest (October 15), a family-friendly cultural event in the city of Tigard with Latin American food, arts & crafts, dancing, live music, and children’s activities.
Dining in Tualatin Valley
Celebrate and support the Tualatin Valley’s Hispanic and Latino communities at the region’s multitude of restaurants. Tualatin Valley’s plethora of Mexican, South American and Caribbean cuisine will give you a taste of the region.
Try tamales at Gloria’s Secret Cafe in downtown Beaverton or Puerto Rican mofongos at Boriken. Beaverton is also home to Ome Calli, where you can get a frozen treat inspired by Mexican flavors. Try a chamoyada, a type of shaved ice with chili powder, lime juice and chamoy sauce.
In Hillsboro, Pepper’s Mexican Grill is a popular spot, as well as Amelia’s Mexican Restaurant where you can get tacos, enchiladas and other satisfying cuisine. There are also a wealth of family-owned Mexican bakeries and restaurants with delicious and authentic food.