World Beat Festival 2016: Festival Highlights

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Did You Attend Salem’s World Beat Festival along Salem's Riverfront Park?

This was the World Beat Festival's 19th Annual Event. Salem community families and friends explored cultures from all over the world (over 70 nations). There was no admission charge, although donations were gladly welcomed, and the weather was seasonably perfect. Kids laughed, played, and took in three exciting parades. The food, from a expansive diverse menu of global fare was enticing, savory, and mouth-watering-delicious. Each international village presented lots of hands-on activities teamed with over 125 cultural performances across 9 stages including Saturday night's ever-popular, "Fire Dancer" exhibition.

From Dragon Boat Races to culture-centric costumes, Salem's families, friends, and neighbors joyfully panned their cameras and smartphones while taking in and embracing this year's visually spectacular world-themed event.

In Case You were Unable to Attend

If you missed this year's two-day Salem community/global event, Salem’s own World Beat Festival will be back again next year during the last weekend of June 2017. We hope to meet you there!

In the meantime, here are a few photographic highlights from this year's World Beat Festival 2016. Please feel free to share these snapshots with family and friends; locally and all across the globe! (Please click to enlarge any of the images below.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type="image_grid" images="3206,3207,3208,3209,3210,3211,3212,3213,3214,3215,3216,3217,3218,3219,3220,3221,3222,3223,3224,3225,3226,3227,3228,3231,3229" title="World Beat Festival 2016: Event Highlights"][vc_column_text]

We Thank All Event Volunteers and On-Scene Law Enforcement Personnel

We graciously thank all the dedicated and smart-working volunteers that converged to help make this year's World Beat Festival 2016 another indelible Salem event. We also send our special thanks to the Salem Police Department's officers, Marion County Sheriff's Office, and park security personnel who kept our families and friends safe. We salute you! It's always the extraordinary people that make our local festivities notably the best and we are so proud of our great and ever-evolving city![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]