The 2021 Multicultural Festival will include performances, crafts and activities, a 3v3 basketball tournament, First Saturday and Farmers Market vendors, and more! Stay tuned as we near the event for event schedule and additional details.
Due to rising COVID-19 activity in Clark County and around the region, we are encouraging everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask at our Ridgefield Multicultural Festival on Saturday, September 4th. Thank you for understanding and taking steps to protect our community.
Catch these performances on the Overlook Park Stage!
10:00AM: Vancouver Ballet Folklorico
Vancouver Ballet Folklorico is known for their colorful presentations of Mexican folk dances, Pre-Hispanic Dance and yearly installations of Dia de los Muertos.
10:35AM: Poet Laureate Armin Tolentino, Interactive
Armin Tolentino is the Clark County Poet Laureate and author of poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive. Find out more about poet Armin Tolentino on his website at www.armintolentino.com.
Our repertoire includes songs in the modern Kumi Daiko style, popular amongst Taiko troupes in the US, as well as many songs in the traditional Dentou Geinou style of ancient Japan. This strong presence of traditional style Taiko is what makes Takohachi so unique amongst American Taiko troupes.
12:30PM: Ft Vancouver Pipe Band
Under the direction of Pipe Major Victoria MacKenzie, the band plays many traditional and familiar pipe tunes, and those that may not be as familiar, but are sure to get your toes tapping or make your heart skip a beat. The pipes and drums will start at Overlook Park, walk through the festival, and return.
1:00PM Taekwondo Demonstration from Master Oh’s
1:45PM: Melao De Cuba
The music of Melao de Cuba is a Salsa fusion of different musical rhythms such as Afro-Cuban Rumbas, Latin Jazz, Traditional Yoruba Chants, Son Montuno, Chachachá, Spanish Flamenco, Boogaloo, Boleros, and other Afro-Cuban influenced music styles.
Anytime during the festival, head over to our shaded seating area to have a seat, rest your feet, and enjoy a video made by Assane Kouyate, a world renowned griot, titled “Griots: Storytellers, Keepers of History & Cultural Traditions; A Journey through West Africa.”
The video will play on a loop for you to enjoy. Mr. Kouyate has been performing professionally since age 13 with his twin brother as lead dancers and choreographers for Le Ballet National du Senegal. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and children where his dance workshops and school assemblies enrich the lives of many people. He is a Georgia Council for the Arts Resident Teaching Artist and recently appeared in the film Coming to America 2.
Urban Orienteering Scavenger Hunt
Challenge yourself to learn a new skill: orienteering! Use a map of Downtown Ridgefield to navigate to pictures we have placed around town. Complete the challenge and return to the City tent for a prize!
HoopFever – Vancouver Flames 3v3 Basketball Tournament
Come watch some basketball! Teams ages 10U to Varsity will be competing in this 3-day 3v3 Basketball Tournament at the RACC and Union Ridge Elementary! Daily entry for $6 per adult and $4 for children.
9AM-3PM First Saturday and Ridgefield Farmers Market Vendor Fair
Scheduled Vendors: Ridgefield Farmers Market vendors and 4 Guys Homemade Gifts, Alpenrose, Beaty is Everywhere, Beautycounter, C&J Barbeque House, Catholic Community Services, Clark County Historical Museum, Climate Toothpaste, Collect Sports, DCYF, Bliss and Barrel Mobile Bar, Foody Blues BBQ, Friends of Clark County, Glenice Falter, Grampa in the Dell, Honu Hawaiian Shave Ice, Hoof & Petals, HS Taekwondo, Jonni Ketcher, Lakota Bows & Arrows, Lapaushi, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Mommy Dearest Mumchies, Ohana Soft Play, PFLAG Southwest Washington, Portland Japanese American Citizens League, Rebecca Rodela, Ridgefield American Legion Post 44, Ridgefield Community Group, Rose Alchemista, Scentsy, Scottish Country Shop, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Second Mile Food Hub, SherriFahey Crocheted, Summer of Pride Clark County, SWWA League of United Latin American Citizens, Two Spirit Medicinals, US Army Vancouver Recruiting Company, Vancouver Chinese Association, Villages Clark County, Yoonique Tea