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Portland Parks & Recreation Presents the Tango & Salsa Dance Festival

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An Outdoor Multicultural Celebration

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) presents our first-ever Tango & Salsa Dance Festival, an outdoor, multicultural celebration with four live bands at Portland International Raceway (PIR) on Saturday, June 7. This official Portland Rose Festival-sanctioned event is open to families and people of all ages. Tickets for the inaugural dance festival are available NOW at  https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks for just $8 until May 15, children under 12 are free. For online registration: just use activity # 1011230.

“The Tango & Salsa Dance Festival is another way that Portland Parks & Recreation advances our goal of engaging traditionally-underserved communities,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “The outdoor dance and community celebration is part of our continuing efforts to embrace, understand and celebrate the different vibrant cultures in Portland. I’m proud of the Parks team for bringing together this family celebration of two spirited, fascinating Latin dances.”

WHAT: Portland Parks & Recreation’s First-Ever Tango & Salsa Dance Festival

WHEN: Saturday, June 7, 2014, 3pm-9pm

WHERE: Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd.

The PP&R Tango & Salsa Dance festival, a Portland Rose Festival-sanctioned event, is a wonderful way to celebrate the start of summer. It’s fun, affordable, and features four live bands (three of them local). Enjoy delicious food and drink, and easy access to PIR via TriMet’s Delta Park/Vanport MAX station (Yellow Line; see www.TriMet.org for more info). Please visit the festival’s event page, found at Facebook.com/PortlandParks.

Never danced before? No problem! Take a lesson from professional dancers at the Tango & Salsa Dance Festival. The celebration will be fun for dancers of any level.

Enjoy LIVE MUSIC from

Conjunto Alegre (based in Portland-salsa music)

Dina y Los Rumberos (based in Portland-salsa music)

Redwood Tango Ensemble (Argentine tango; based in the Bay Area)

Tango Sombra (based in Portland-Argentine tango music)

Interested in volunteering? We’d love to have you! Please email Stefanus.gunawan@portlandoregon.gov

The Tango & Salsa Dance Festival ticket pre-sale is now underway at https://apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks

Please note: for online registration, the activity # is 1011230

• Tickets are FREE for children under 12
• $8 pre-registration (w/ free parking!) online before May 15
• $10 May 15-June 1 (parking not included)
• Tickets also available at door day of festival

About Portland International Raceway (PIR)

PIR has been an integral part of Portland for more than 50 years. The raceway and event destination attracts more than 400,000 visitors annually. PIR is the perfect setting for any event.  The PP&R Tango & Salsa Dance Festival is part of an effort to engage and bring people to PIR. Portland International Raceway is currently in the process of planning for the future. The community can play an important role in determining what that is. At this event, you have a chance to learn more about the plans and possibilities for the next twenty years of PIR.