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Discover The World at the 18th Annual Multicultural Festival

One of the many booths at last year’s Multicultural Festival. This booth features items from Kenya. (Photo credit: Robert Jeffreys)

The Oxnard community will once again enjoy the opportunity to “share the world” as it prepares for the 18th Annual Multicultural Festival, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at historic Downtown Plaza Park, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Admission is free.

The festival will feature live music from Dirty Rice, a seven-piece reggae band from Oxnard, salsa rhythms from Mestizo, and the R&B funk sounds of The Bomb. Dance performances from Jewels of the Nile, Filipino Youth Dance Group, MacKinnon Dance Academy, and more, will round out the entertainment lineup.

Information and vendor booths, arts & crafts, youth art exhibit and a multitude of family friendly activities will also be on hand. Hungry visitors can choose from a variety of culinary delights including Cajun, Hawaiian, Mexican and Filipino cuisine, as well as crowd favorites like pizza, tamales, snow cones and vegan dishes.

“The thing that sets the Multicultural Festival apart from other festivals is the variety of foods that are offered by the vendors,” said Janet Yates, a member of the festival’s planning committee. “It’s fun to try foods from other cultures you don’t often have access to,” she said.

Grab your complimentary passport and get ready to travel the globe as the festival welcomes back the ever-popular International Booths.  This interactive portion of the festival allows visitors to hop around from one exhibit booth to another and learn fun facts from around the world such as customs and traditions, cultural celebrations, language, food, music, and history. Get your passport stamped at each stop and receive a special prize.

This year, the festival’s theme is “Many Faces, One Community,” showcasing multiple ethnic groups that represent the diversity of a community as one.

More information on the Oxnard Multicultural Festival is available at the event’s website at: oxnardnews.org/multiculturalfestival. Follow the festival and share photos and videos on Instagram @oxnardmulticultural. Or, carry the festival’s schedule of activities with you on the easy to use mobile version site at: oxnardmulticultural.weebly.com

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