Ridgefield to Host Multicultural Festival

The City of Ridgefield’s 1st Annual Multicultural Festival will be September 1st, 2018 in downtown Ridgefield. With the aim of celebrating cultures at home and around the world, the festival will include live performances from the Taiko Drum group Takohachi, Portland Lee’s Association Lion Dance Team, Master Oh’s Taekwondo team and the Ke Kukui Foundation Hula Dancers. There will be cooking classes of Filipino, French, Nigerian and Scandinavian cuisines and many activities for children. Gerardo Calderon of Grupo Condor will teach a workshop about the musical instruments of the world and the Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will teach a Tahitian dance workshop. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn about and experience Ridgefield history and its own unique culture.

“As Ridgefield is one of the fastest growing cities in the state, we felt the time was now to create a festival that honors the many cultures of Southwest Washington and Ridgefield and brings people together,” said Jessica Kipp, Community Relations Specialist for the City of Ridgefield. There will be plenty of activities for all ages with food trucks selling a variety of cuisines, vendors, information booths and a genealogy discovery area.

Performances and festival activities are free to the public. Although some classes require registration and payment of a small fee. For updates on the event schedule and participating vendors please see: https://ridgefieldwa.us/event/multicultural-festival/

The Multicultural Festival is a part of the Ridgefield’s First Saturday events which have successfully been bringing the community together for the past three years. The First Saturday events are a collaborative effort between many downtown merchants, the City of Ridgefield, the Ridgefield Art Association, Ridgefield School District and the Farmer’s Market.

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