Celebrate Arab American Heritage Month in April

In 2021, Arab American Heritage Month became federally recognized and in July of the same year, Oregon became the second state to permanently recognized Arab American Heritage Month. The City of Lake Oswego honors the contributions and celebrates our local community of Arab Americans.

Join us in celebrating Arab American month by exploring information and resources below. 

History and culture

Visit Insight to Diversity for more information on National Arab American Heritage Month. Here are some facts about the Arab American community,

  • In the U.S, there are 3.7 million members of the Arab American community
  • Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern African through western Asia.
  • Arab Americans are amongst the most educated demographic. More than 40% have a 4 year degree and 17% have a postgraduate degree.
  • A common misconception is that all Arab Americans are Muslim. Approximately 25% practice Islam and an estimated 63-77% are Christian.

Art and Activities

Visit the Arab American National Museum for live streamed events, workshops and celebrations honoring the Arab American communities.

Advocacy and Community Organizations

Education

Restaurants

Lake Oswego

Hush Hush Café & Catering
15170 Bangy Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Shandiz Mediterranean Restaurant & Grill
11830 Kerr Pkwy
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Portland

Al Hawr
Lebanese Cuisine
3500 S. River Pkwy
Portland, OR 97239

DarSalam
Iraqi Cuisine
320 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97204

Karam Restaurant & Bar
Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine
1109 SE Madison St.
Portland, OR 97214

Ya Hala
800 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215

Grocery Stores

Bhai’s Meat Market
3172 NW 185th Ave.
Portland, OR 97229

Halal bros
10075 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219

Barbur World Foods
9845 SW Barbur Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219

Contact Information

Guilian del Rio

Equity Program Manager

gdelrio@lakeoswego.city