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Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 16, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month is held annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and celebrates the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. Starting in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week, this celebration has grown into a full month of honoring all people living in the United States with ties to Latin American countries. 

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in mid-September as more than a half-dozen countries celebrate their Independence Day, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile.  

In reflecting on the historical strength of Hispanic culture and independence, we also recognize that, despite having many community-driven efforts to reduce the spread, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disproportionate harm to Hispanic and Latinx communities across Oregon. As we start our second Hispanic Heritage Month during the COVID-19 pandemic, we honor the lives and continued contributions of Hispanic and Latinx communities benefiting all Oregonians. We hope you’ll support Hispanic and Latinx communities by attending the following events, as well as supporting Hispanic and Latinx-owned businesses and Latinx-led and serving organizations.  

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Hispanic Heritage Month Events

El Grito Community FestivalCANCELED DUE TO WEATHER


Join Centro Cultural and the City of Hillsboro for El Grito Community Festival on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 3 to 8 pm at Shute Park. This free celebration features live music, kids’ activities, hot food and other vendors, interactive community booths, and a traditional El Grito de la Independencia ceremony. 

Portland Latin American Film Festival 

Portland Latin American Film Festival (PDXLAFF) serves the community as a non-profit cultural promoter under the guidance of the Hollywood Theatre. They are dedicated to showcasing perspectives of Latin American culture through an exploration of Latin film and increasing the visibility of Latin American cinema locally. Join them for a screening of Y Tu Mamá También on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. 


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