Celebrate Latino Heritage Month!

Thank you to Vibrancy Agency‘s Delia Douglas for this list!

Venice Beach is the destination to experience a culture of belonging, positive self identity, and a sense of inclusion among the rich diversity in the beach side enclave. Venice is also a city deep with Latino heritage and contribution.

This Latino Heritage Month, we invite you to join us in honoring, acknowledging, and celebrating the contributions of  Latino Americans throughout history.

From adventures, books, and art, to restaurants cultural events, here is a roundup of some of our favorite establishments to support this month and all year long.

La Cabaña Restaurant

Founded by Nina Louise Haro, La Cabana Restaurant has been serving the Venice community since 1963. What was once a small thatched roof hut or “Cabana” has now grown into a Venice landmark restaurant serving a genuine taste of Mexico. Authentic dishes, amazing margaritas and a festive atmosphere that will take you back to the pueblos of Mexico.

  • La Cabaña has over 18 flavors of Margaritas including it’s signature drink: The Original Margarita made with Cointreau and fresh squeezed lime.
  • Sunday Mariachi Brunch is from 12pm-3pm, Celebrate a beautiful Sunday with Live Mariachi, Festive Back Patio, and Tasty Margaritas!
  • 737 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90292
  • lacabanavenice.com

 

Jay’s Rentals

Founded by Javier Cernas, Jay’s Rental has been assisting tourist and locals in Venice Beach since 1996. Located on the corner of Windward and Speedway, it’s the most recognizable shop having been in almost every movie filmed on Venice Beach. Celebrities blend in with the locals and can be spotted on a regular basis around the neighborhood.  Bikes, Boards, Skates and all your beach needs can be found at Jay’s Rentals

  • Mention Venice Paparazzi and get 15 % off
  • 1501 Oceanfront Walk Venice, CA 90291
  • jaysrentalsvb.com

Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument

The Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument has been in the works since 2017. The monument will honor all Mexican and Mexican American Railroad Workers known as “Traqueros” that helped build the Main Railroad Transportation System and the Pacific Electric Interurban Railways.

Photo courtesy of Venice Mexican American Traquero Monument

#vamosTBI The Thai Boxing Institute

Founded by Victor Acosta The Thai Boxing Institute is a Muay Thai gym located in Mar Vista. Whether you’re interested in getting fit, learning a martial art/fighting style for fun or self-defense, Muay Thai Boxing at The Thai Boxing Institute is an excellent way to do both in a safe, fun, manner. No Thai Boxing or Martial Arts experience necessary!

Little Heroes of Color

by renowned Afro-Latino author David Heredia

A perfect book for tomorrow’s leaders, Little Heroes of Color educates and inspires by showing readers 50 trailblazers from a range of races and ethnicities. Bold colors and simple captions bring the youngest readers face-to-face with those who’ve shaped history and broken boundaries in science, the arts, government, and more.

  • Small World Books, 1407 Oceanfront Walk Venice, CA 90291

Little Heroes of Color: 50 Who Made a Big Difference a book by David Heredia and David Heredia

Photo courtesy of Little Heroes of Color

Venice Beach Wines

Founded in 2006 by Oscar Hermosillo and Norma Alvarado Venice Beach Wines is a neighborhood place where you will always find good friends, good food, and great wine.

Clutch Venice

Founded by Oscar Hermosillo, Clutch Roadhouse is a local neighborhood Cali Mex. No fillers, no filters, no bullshit. Just smoked meats, stiff drinks, motorcycles, classic cars and good people.

Front right:  Venice Beach Wines’ and Clutch Venice’s Oscar Hermosillo with his mom and crew at the Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally in 2016 or 2017.

Hecho en Venice

Iconic surf and skate culture brand Hecho en Venice founded by Venice local Oscar Galan.

Hecho en Venice’s Oscar Galan. Photo taken at the Abbot Kinney Festival

Mixed Up Clothing

Founded by Afro-Latina designer Sonia Smith-Kang, Mixed Up Clothing is more than creating gorgeous multicultural children’s apparel.We’re dedicated to sharing the vibrant cultures of the world and creating a space where multiculturalism is highlighted and diversity is celebrated.

Photo courtesy of Mixed Up Clothing

Wuitusu

Handcrafted vibrant wearable art accessories brand with a charity tie in. A percentage of sales in donated to the Wayuu community.

The Wayuu people are native South Americans who live in an area between Venezuela and Colombia. They live in a harsh, arid area, and the families are divided into clans.

The Wayuu people are skilled weavers and knitters and their handcrafts include bags, hats, and hammocks.

  • 395 Santa Monica Place Suite 156Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • wuitusu.com

Salsa dancing every Friday night with DJ Charlie at the Warehouse Restaurant!

Join Venice Paparazzi at Dance MDR for Salsa Lessons and Dancing at Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey!

Join us at Dance MDR for a night of dancing in the park. Pick up new dance moves with beginner lessons from L.A.’s best dance teachers and then groove to the DJ, with a different dance style every Friday night in September. This event is free to the public. Everyone is welcome! For more info: beaches.lacounty.gov/dancemdr

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