First Saturday: Multicultural Festival

09/05/2020 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Overlook Park
Address: 113-131 S Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642, USA


We are excited to announce Ridgefield’s 3rd Multicultural Festival!


Sept. 5th
Virtual Event

For the third annual Multicultural Festival celebrate diversity with your community through online activities, classes, and learning experiences. We encourage you to start a conversation with your household and others online throughout the experience.


Welcome Video

Tune in first thing for a welcome video to kick off the festival from Ridgefield Mayor Don Stose, and a ‘Hello’ from various local community organizations and Multicultural Festival participants.

Dr. Lea Manlapaz-Villavicencio teaching how to make lumpia at the 2018 Multicultural Festival.

Performances & Presentations:

  • Vancouver Ballet Folklorico
    “Our vision is to invigorate the community of Clark County and beyond with musical and colorful culture and traditions of Mexico through dance classes, crafts and dance presentations. Represent different states of Mexico, showing both the indigenous history and the Spanish influence.” Video to be posted September 5th.
  • Traveling Day Society
    “Traveling Day Society is a Native-led, inter-tribal and multicultural group of musicians performing songs with flute and medicine drum for healing and hospice.” Video to be posted September 5th.
  • Storytime from Ridgefield Community Library
  • Traditional Japanese Dance Performance with Takohachi
    Takohachi was founded in 2007 as a non profit organization to preserve DENTOU GEINOU or Traditional Japanese Music and Dance. Takohachi seeks to educate and entertain as we perform throughout the Portland area at schools, festivals and cultural events.

Dance and Cooking Classes

  • Nigerian Cuisine Cooking Class with Dr. Buki Okafor
  • Filipino Cuisine Cooking Class with Dr. Lea Manlapaz-Villavicencio
    Dr. Lea is a Ridgefield resident and pediatrician in Longview, WA.
  • Pasties Cooking Class with KillaBites
    Donna Suomi, of KillaBites catering, walks us through how to make a Pasty. The Pasty is a baked pastry made by placing an uncooked filling, typically meat and vegetables, on one half of a flat shortcrust pastry circle, folding the pastry in half to wrap the filling in a semicircle and crimping the curved edge to form a seal before baking. Donna is Finnish and pasty was common in her household growing up. Video and recipe will be available on Saturday, September 5th.


Takohachi performing at the 2018 Multicultural Festival.

  • African Dance Class with Dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena
    Learn African dance from the renowned Zimbabwean teacher Rujeko Dumbutshena! Get a sense for the class with her Five(ish) Minute Dance Lessons. Both classes take place on Saturday, September 5th. Spaces are limited, so register now to reserve your spot!
    Register for the 12PM class HERE. Register for the 1:30PM class HERE

Get a Taste of Ridgefield with a virtual visit to Ridgefield restaurants led by Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce.


  • Pick-Up a free Craft and Activity packet from Ridgefield City Hall front step beginning Friday, September 4th at 10AM throughout the weekend (while supplies last).
  • Walkable Scavenger Hunt: Gather, trade and build like the Chinookan people on Lake River in the early 1800’s. Submit your completed project for a chance to win a prize from Vancouver Flames Basketball.

Learning Opportunities

  • Community Organizations including NAACP, LULAC, Chinook Nation, Vancouver Chinese Association
  • Introducing Ridgefield’s Dragon Boats

7PM Meaningful Movies – Ridgefield Multicultural Festival Special Edition

Join us for a special edition screening of the short film “Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health & Spirit” and community discussion. This will be a Zoom streaming that we can enjoy and discuss together.

Register Here to receive the Zoom Meeting information. There is no deadline to register, but make sure you do so before 7PM so you don’t miss anything!

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