23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Planned for July 30-31, 2016

The 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is set for July 30-31, 2016 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets. This annual, free celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and celebrates everything salsa … the food, the music and the dance!

Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and fiery entertainment and draws over 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; a large salsa tasting tent; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; kids korner attractions; a salsa recipe contest and so much more. Event admission and parking are free.

With salsa tasting and spicy foods on the menu, visitors have plenty of opportunities to tantalize their taste buds.  The Festival offers everything from Mexican fare to roasted corn and tempting fresh-baked pastries.  Inside the Salsa Tasting Tent, local restaurants, Mexican markets, and gourmet salsa vendors serve a variety of salsa flavors -- fresh & fruity, hot & smoky, and sweet & spicy creating fun and interesting combinations.  Entry to the Salsa Tasting Tent is just $5 with chips included.  Beverages are also available for purchase inside the tent.

Southern California’s most exciting salsa and Latin jazz bands continue to grace the Main Stage at the annual Oxnard Salsa Festival.  The hot, Latin rhythms are known for moving the audience to their feet as they ‘strut their stuff’ on the dance floor.

Salsa dancing is a big part of the fun and experience at the Oxnard Salsa Festival.  All ages can be seen on the large dance floor embracing the sounds of Salsa.  And, as a local spin on the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars, members of the community assume starring roles as they are paired with salsa dance instructors in the “Dancing with the Community Stars” Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser benefitting local charities.

Besides food, music and dance, the Oxnard Salsa Festival also provides some unique shopping opportunities with an eclectic blend of vendors offering an array of handmade jewelry, pottery, children’s items, imported handicrafts and more.

The Oxnard Salsa Festival was launched in 1994 by the Oxnard Downtowners to bring people downtown to celebrate Oxnard’s multicultural heritage and agricultural roots.  Over the years, the Oxnard Salsa Festival has grown in popularity as salsa dancing and salsa music gained momentum. Today, the Salsa Festival is the City of Oxnard’s largest, free community event.

For more information, visit www.oxnardsalsafestival.com