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Willamette University Sponsored

ALIANZA: Hispanic Heritage Month
Mid-September through mid-October

ALIANZA: Dia de los Muer tos Celebration

RAINBOW Alliance: Guess the Straight Person, Bistro
Fall Semester

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Chinese Taiwanese Cultural Association’s Lunar New Year Festival

Native and Indigenous Student Union: Social Powwow
Cone Fieldhouse: Sparks Event Center

Japan Studies Student Leader’s Sakura Matsuri Festival
Putnam University Center: Cat Cavern

Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms. Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture. The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life.

Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, host this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities.

Hawai’i Club: Annual Luau
Cone Fieldhouse: Sparks Event Center

An annual event sharing the Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander culture and traditions featuring food, music, flora, and entertainment.

ALIANZA: Reventon

Celebration through food, dance, music, and entertainment.


Salem and Oregon

DisOrient-Asian American Film Festival: Bijou Arts Cinema Eugene, OR

The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon is a community, grassroots, and volunteer-run film festival committed to presenting honest portrayals of the diversity of Asian American experiences. We believe in the power of film to educate, positively transform our community, and challenge the negative stereotypes of the 'Oriental' presented by mainstream media. We use the W.E.B. DuBois standard of "for us, by us, or about us" when selecting new and exciting films for our festival

Pride NW: Portland, OR

Portland’s Annual LGBT Pride Festival and Parade

Salem World Beat Festival: Riverfront Park

A two-day program of international music, dance, food, hands-on crafts and folklore celebrating the people and traditions of every continent. Three costumed processions and more than 125 performances, demonstrations and workshops take place throughout the weekend. In addition to cultural exhibits, food, clothing and gift items, each of the festival's five World Villages includes a children's area with free, hands-on cultural crafts.

The Ho`ike & Hawaiian Festival: Esther Short Park Vancouver, WA

The Ho`ike & Hawaiian Festival is held at Esther Short Park in beautiful downtown Vancouver, WA. Haumana will be performing dances as well as a song or two by visiting the renowned Kuma hula. There are arts and crafts vendors, Hawaiian food, shave ice, and entertainment including several hula halaus, and Native American dancers.

Capitol Pride: Salem, OR

Capitol Pride is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote understanding and education regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered issues, and to foster a sense of community for these individuals in Salem and the mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon. To further these goals Capitol Pride sponsors the annual Capitol Pride celebration each year in Salem, Oregon.

Fiesta Mexicana: Legion Park-Woodburn, OR 

The celebration of Mexican culture is a community event featuring a soccer tournament, a carnival, music, dance, vendors, and authentic Mexican food. There also is a carnival with rides and games throughout the festival, vendors, and lots of authentic Mexican food.

Tet in Oregon: Portland

Tet Nguyen Dan translates as the “first day” and is a time to celebrate heritage, honor ancestors, leave the year’s problems behind and make a fresh start.

Oregon Asian Celebration: Lane Events Center@Lane County Fairgrounds-Eugene, OR 


The annual event features a bustling array of Asian culture through its colorful marketplace of vendors, Asian and Asian-American dances and entertainment, artisans, crafts, cooking and martial arts demonstrators, youth activities, and the Asian Food Court.

Willamette University

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Renjen Center - York Hall
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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