Welcoming Week: Festival of Cultures in Redmond


Welcoming Week: Festival of Cultures – Organized by the Latino Community Association

Location: Redmond – Centennial Park (725 SW Evergreen Avenue, Redmond, OR)

Date/Time: Saturday, September 23rd from 10:00 am -4:00 pm

Contact: Karen Wykes

The Latino Community Association is hosting a celebration of the diversity of Central Oregon’s people. More information about the event here or if you can volunteer click here.

Cultural Booths are the heart and soul of the festival representing the vibrant local heritage in Central Oregon.

Cultural Performances – Festival guests speak highly about the diversity of performances offered each year! ALL performers are local and most, if not all, perform voluntarily.  The festival would not be the same without them and you won’t want to miss a single act. Rich in culture, rich in talent.

Food Booths – The food at the festival is one of the most sought-after attractions with new and upcoming vendors. Diversity of flavors and aromas is the one constant you can count on.

Don’t miss the Vendor Market, Flea Market and a Kids’ Area.

For more Welcoming Week events, check out the City Calendar.


Did you know that on June 21, 2017, the Bend City Council unanimously supported a resolution for the City of Bend to be recognized as a Welcoming City?!

Here is a link to the Welcoming City Resolution

You may be wondering: “What is a ‘Welcoming City’?” and “What does it mean for Bend?

In summary; Welcoming Cities are guided by the principles of inclusion and creating communities that prosper because everyone feels welcome; including immigrants and refugees. There are some specific inclusive actions that Bend committed to as a “Welcoming City” which will provide equitable access to the cities services and economic opportunities. This is not just a “warm and fuzzy”, in name only sort of resolution but something that, if Bend embraces it fully, can be impactful to our immigrant community. For example:

  • In alignment with Oregon state laws, Bend will continue to refrain from the use of City funds, personnel and equipment from enforcing federal immigration laws and detaining people solely on their immigration status.
  • Bend will ensure that all people, regardless of race, religion, economic status, cultural, or language backgrounds, can enjoy full access to services to which they are entitled.

Here is a link to the Welcoming America website for more details about this movement.