About Dallas Latino Community
- Nearly half (43%) of the city's population is Latino, representing many countries from South and Central America
- Dallas County is home to 2.5 million people, 40 percent of whom are Latinos
- The DFW metropolitan area is home to 6.4 million people, 28 percent of whom are Latinos
- Of the 1.6 million people added to the Dallas area between the years 2000 and 2010, nearly half (724,018) were Latinos
- In 2010, DFW was the 8th largest Hispanic metro area in the U.S.
Latino Cultural Center
Find the Latino Cultural Center inside a brightly painted building on the east end of Downtown Dallas near Deep Ellum. The center, founded in 1993 with the purpose of promoting the Latino and Hispanic art scene in Dallas, contains a diverse collection of painted works and sculptures and is a beacon for local Latino artists to display their work. Enjoy live performances from local organizations or take a look at their robust events calendar for salsa dance lessons, children's educational programs and holiday festivities.
Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico
The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folkorico (ANMBF) is considered the largest folkorico company in the United States and has been a pioneer in the Dallas Hispanic arts and educational community. The center was founded in 1975 with a mission to introduce a sense of Latino pride through the study of traditional Mexican dance forms. Enjoy ANMBF productions at legendary Dallas performing arts venues like Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Majestic Theatre, the Wyly Theatre and the Winspear Opera House.
Cara Mia Theatre Company
Cara Mía Theatre inspires and engages people to uplift their communities through transformative Latinx theatre, multicultural youth arts experiences and community action. In 1996, Eliberto Gonzalez co-founded Cara Mía Theatre because he believed that Chicano literature and its writers should be more accessible to the general public. With Adelina Anthony, Gonzalez started the company as a vehicle to bring the Mexican-American experience to Dallas stages. Since its founding, the cultural breadth of Cara Mía Theatre's plays have expanded to include all Latinx people living in the United States. In addition to its theatrical season, Cara Mía Theatre offers a robust youth arts education program in the form of after-school residencies, bilingual touring productions, virtual offerings, and Cara Mía Theatre's flagship program, The School of YES!, provided after-school and during the summer. Cara Mía Theatre strives to delve deeper into engagement by curating events and conversations geared towards community healing, learning, and strategies for action. Now it it's 25th season, Cara Mía Theatre has grown into the largest Latinx theatre in Texas and the four surrounding states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Latino Street Fest
Partake in the fun of this annual spring event in the streets of the Dallas Arts District. The fest sees more than 12,000 visitors each year and mariachis, authentic Latin chefs and artists are always on hand to promote and celebrate the vibrant Latino culture in Dallas.
Enjoy authentic dishes from across Latin and South America right here in Dallas! The vast number of mouth-watering choices will keep you coming back for more. Zaguan, a latin café and bakery in Oak Lawn, serves up delicious brunch dishes including arepas, a traditional South American dish made up of ground maize dough, meat and/or cheese. Stop by Gloria's, a trendy weekend spot thanks to traditional Salvadorian dishes like huevos con platanos, an egg and fried sweet plaintains dish. And don't miss a chance to check out the dessert and espresso menus at La Duni – the cuatro leches cake is award-winning for a good reason!