Get Ready to Salsa…The 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival Takes Place this Weekend!

The Oxnard Downtowners invites the community to attend the 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival in downtown Oxnard, July 30 & 31 at Plaza Park, 5th and ‘B’ Streets.  The annual festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and celebrates everything salsa…..the music, the food, and the dance!  Admission and parking are free!  $5 concert venue open seating is available. No pets or coolers are permitted on site.

The fun begins with a special Friday Night Concert featuring Cecilia Noel, a passionate, flamboyant and exotic singer & performer, originally from Lima, Peru.  Noel and her crew, ‘The Wild Clams’  combine the elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk and afro-cuban music that deliver an infectious Latin sound that takes on 80’s classic rock ‘n roll hits.  The band received acclaim for their explosive live shows performing in a variety of venues throughout Los Angeles including the House of Blues and the Playboy Jazz Festival.   In addition, Noel released ‘A Gozar!’ (Compass Records), an infectious set of playful ‘salsoul’ grooves for which Noel is known for and which earned her a spot on Putumayo’s critically acclaimed Latin Party release in 2010.  Noel also performs and records with husband and former ‘Men at Work’ front man, Colin Hay.  General adult admission is $15 and $20 at the gate.  A table seating six is available for $120.

On tap during the weekend is spicy food, fiery entertainment, iced cold beverages, color vendor marketplace, Kids Korner attractions (including the popular ‘Tortilla Art’), Oxnard Salsa Tasting Tent, international food court, ‘Great Oxnard Salsa Challenge Recipe Contest’ and ‘Dancing with our Community Stars Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser’.

The musical entertainment runs continuously throughout Salsa Festival weekend.  Four new bands play at this year’s Festival.  The main stage band line up is as follows:

            Saturday, July 30, 2016

            11 a.m. to 1 p.m.                                Lily Hernandez y Su Orquesta

            2 p.m. to 4 p.m.                                  Chino Espinoza y Los Duenos Del Son

            4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.                        Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca


            Sunday, July 31, 2016

            11 a.m. to 1 p.m.                               Conjunto Afro Son

            2 p.m. to 4 p.m.                                 Son Mayor

            4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.                       Orquesta Tabaco y Ron

The 23rd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, and sponsored by Gold Coast Broadcasting, Bud Light, Mission Foods, Ford, Ventura County Star, and many other generous community partners.

For out-of-towners planning to attend the Oxnard Salsa Festival, why not make a weekend out of it?  Oxnard’s on-the-coast location makes for an ideal summer getaway.  With two or more days in Oxnard, Festival-goers can enjoy a day at the beach, bike riding at the harbor, sport fishing, golf or even the Dallas Cowboys Training Camp in addition to all of the salsa festivities.  Oxnard hotel options range from mid-priced rooms to oceanfront and seaside settings.  For a listing of hotels and visitor attractions, visit or call the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-2-Oxnard.

For Festival information, call 805-535-4060, or visit



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