DanceFloor-48 CreditKellyGrayThe 19th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates Salsa food, music and dance — so get ready to Salsa in the seaside city of Oxnard, Calif..

Oxnard will once again be sizzling this summer when the Oxnard Salsa Festival takes center stage, July 28-29 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets in downtown Oxnard. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and celebrates everything salsa.

This hotter than hot event features spicy food and fiery entertainment that draws nearly 50,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. There ill be Main Stage entertainment with salsa and Latin bands; a large salsa tasting tent; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; a salsa recipe contest and more. Event admission and parking are free.

The Food…

With salsa tasting and spicy foods on the menu, vacagtioning families looking for an opportunity to spice it up have plenty of opportunities to tantalize their taste buds. The Festival offers everything from authentic Mexican fare to roasted corn and cool summer treats. 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 for ten tastes – chips included. Beverages are also available to quench that thirst.

Salsa-dance-300x225The Music…

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. Music plays continuously from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

The Dance…

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, high-profile members of the community assume starring roles as they are paired with salsa dance instructors in the “Dancing with Our Community Stars” Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser benefitting local charities. The climax of the months-long fundraiser is the on-site dance competition between local celebrities on Sunday.

Shopping…

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, art, pottery, children’s items, imported handicrafts and more.

Salsa-Festival-in-Downtown-Oxnard-300x205About the Salsa Festival…

The Oxnard Salsa Festival was launched in 1994 by the Oxnard Downtowners to bring people into the downtown business district 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.

Getting Here…

Oxnard is located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Visiting families can travel to the Oxnard Salsa Festival by train, car, or bus. The Oxnard Transportation Center is conveniently located just three short blocks from the festivities at Plaza Park. Overnight accommodations are available throughout the City of Oxnard. View hotel options at www.visitoxnard.com.

Top photo credit: Kelly Gray