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Archived News Release from 2011

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The City of Redwood City presents 4th Annual Salsa Festival Community Celebration

Redwood City, CA - September 20, 2011 - Redwood City is going to be sizzling during its 4th annual Salsa Festival, happening on Saturday September 24th, 2011 from noon to 8 pm, on Courthouse Square!

Three stages featuring Latin Rock, Salsa, and Latin Jazz music, plus a DJ Salsa stage, will fire up Redwood City with music and dancing (including free Salsa lessons) all day long. Amateur and professional Salsa Chefs will compete for fun, prizes and Salsa Glory, at the mouth watering and exciting Salsa Tasting & Competition, where the public takes part in the judging. Public tasting is from noon - 5pm, and the early attendees will get the best tastes, as popular contestants may run out sooner! Along with tasty salsa, Downtown Redwood City’s wonderful local restaurants will also offer their delicious fares throughout the day.

The festival features Tequila Tasting, FREE hands-on art projects, and a Children’s Play Area, complete with bounce houses, carnival rides, and more. Art on the Square will also be showcased, where artisans exhibiting their inspirational work will transform the streets surrounding Courthouse Square into an outdoor gallery. Redwood City’s Salsa Festival guarantees a fun-filled day of tongue-tingling salsa, great activities, music, entertainment, dancing, food, beverages, and a wonderful time for the entire family from noon until 8 pm.

All the details are at, but here are the basics to get you started:

  • Music spread throughout Downtown! Courthouse Square Salsa Stage, Latin Rock Stage, Latin Jazz Stage, and Salsa DJ Stage.
  • Competitions galore: $500 prize and award for "People’s Choice" salsa, award for Best Decorated Booth, Best Mild and Best Hot Salsas, and public salsa tasting from 12-5pm.
  • Fun activities for everyone: Salsa dance instruction, hands-on FREE art projects, tequila and Microbrew tasting, family area with carnival rides
  • Culture abounds in Downtown: City and Community booths, local food vendors, Art on the Square

Encompassing 11 city blocks of Downtown Redwood City, much of the event takes place on Broadway between Middlefield and Hamilton and on the beautiful Theatre Way. Theatre Way and parts of Broadway will be pedestrian-only, making this a family-friendly event not to miss! Downtown Redwood City, with its lively and active music, theater, dining, and shopping scene, is truly the heart of the community and is becoming the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula. Plus, Redwood City’s Caltrain station is just a short walk from Downtown and the festival. Be a part of the community with Redwood City’s Salsa Festival and celebrate the culture and heart of the SF Peninsula.

Redwood City Salsa Festival is presented by Chavez Supermarket and sponsored by Xfinity, NBC Bay Area, Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services, T48 Telemundo, 93.3 La Raza, and the Redwood City Downtown Business Group. More information at

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager


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