California Festivals


Salsa Festival, Oxnard, CA

postponed till 2024

Free Admission! Concerts $5 venue seating

Plaza Park
5th & B Street
Free admission,

Award-winning Salsa Festival is held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission and parking are Free. Pets and coolers are not permitted. For Festival info call (805) 247-0197 or

OXNARD, CALIF.-- Oxnard Salsa Festival is an annual event celebrating the local agricultural assets and cultural roots of the Central California Coast beach city of Oxnard in Ventura County.

Oxnard Salsa Festival is free admission, while concerts are $5-up.

2019 Entertainment

Line up: Pete Escovedo headlines a special, Friday night concerts (special ticket required)
La Marcha Sound
Community Dance Showcase
Calixto Oviedo & Lily Hernandez Orquesta
La Seleccion
Dance With Our Community Stars
Guicho y La Tribu

Oxnard Salsa Festival is billed as the celebration of Spicy Foods & Sizzling Entertainment, and that is exactly what it delivers. One of Oxnard's top events each year, the two day festival includes salsa and other spicy foods sold by vendors, and created for contests, and sizzling entertainment at Plaza Park, Fifth & B Streets in downtown Oxnard.

Held in Downtown Oxnard and supported by the businesses, it features top salsa bands, non-stop salsa dancing, vendor marketplace shopping, Kids Korner, Salsa Tasting Tent, international foods, a salsa recipe contest, and the Dance Contest & Charity Fundraiser.

Activities: The Salsa Festival kicks off on Saturday with a live band and main stage music.

At the Oxnard Salsa Festival, salsa dancing (and watching people dance) is all part of the fun. From the first beat of the conga on Saturday morning to the last note on Sunday night, the large dance floor is filled with dancers of all ages and ability.

One of the most popular culinary attractions at the Oxnard Festival is the Salsa Tasting Tent, where some 500 gallons of specialty salsas are dished up by local restaurants, Mexican markets, and gourmet salsa vendors. Whether your preference is for fresh & fruity, hot & smoky, sweet & spicy – or eye-watering extreme blends that defy description – all flavors imaginable are available under one roof in what could very well be Ventura County's "biggest salsa bar!"

Shopping includes an eclectic mix of merchants throughout Plaza Park and on the streets of downtown Oxnard. Handmade jewelry, children's boutique items, fashion wear & accessories, pottery, garden art, home décor, and imported clothing and handicrafts provide great shopping for unique gifts.

Oxnard Salsa Festival also sells Festival's souvenirs including collectible t-shirts and four flavor flavors of salsa, for example.

The Salsa Festival is Oxnard's largest free community event, attracting an estimated 40,000 to 45,000 people to downtown every July.

Get ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival! One of Oxnard's signature events, the Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance at Plaza Park, Fifth and B Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and musical entertainment, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Everything salsa the food, the music, the dance is on the menu of this popular regional festival. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 50 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; a salsa recipe contest and more. Event admission and parking are free.

Getting to the Salsa Festival: Amtrak Pacific Surfliner train station is three blocks from the Salsa Festival.

Where to stay for this event: Many hotels surround the festival, providing great accommodations near the beach. Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach, Four Points by Sheraton (in Ventura) and many more are just minutes away.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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