|DATE OF EVENT
||Summer 2017 - Held on
certain Sundays from July 9th to September 3rd. See our Main Calendar
for exact dates. We only list the dates with salsa bands.
||Usually 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM.
Held in Section 9 on the main stage kiosk in a huge open cement dancing
area near the beach and the main concession stands at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park,
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A long-running annual event with concerts by salsa bands and, sometimes,
other music by bands and the DJ.
This is event is part of the annual summer Bronx Salsa Fest which is
sponsored by Bronx Borough
President Ruben Diaz Jr, the
Bronx Tourism Council as part of their
I Love The Bronx Program.
for their contact information.
Orchard Beach is part of Pelham Bay NYC Park -
Park office phone - 718-885-2275.
|TYPE OF EVENT & VENUE
The event happens on certain Sundays, except when there's bad weather, as
it has for many years. It's a Bronx salsa
tradition. "El condado de la salsa" - The salsa borough.
The events we list will feature a salsa band and the DJ may play some
salsa music. There may also be other music played by another band
and the DJ. We only list the dates with salsa bands.
A very casual outdoor event held in the summer in a huge cement dancing area
with a stage, next
to the boardwalk and beach at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx.
It has run for many years and attracts hundreds of salsa lovers. Concessions nearby with food and beverages,
plus restrooms. See
Summer Events Listing Policy
||The events we list will feature a salsa
band and the DJ may play some salsa music. There may also be other
music played by another band and the DJ.
||Sometimes a group will perform up on the
main stage in front of the band.
||Yes. See our
Main Calendar for names of bands on a
||A large cement dancing area. Suede
bottom Capezios not recommended.
|BEVERAGES AND FOOD
Food & beverages are available nearby at concessions, and there are grass
and tree areas down the Boardwalk where people barbecue and hang out for the day. You
can bring your own beverages and food. Restrooms are nearby.
||Casual, shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits, jeans &
t-shirts, what ever you wear at the park or beach, etc.
Most people are dancing on various salsa timings, such as On 1, On 2, side-to-side, or other timings. If you want to be assured of dancing On 2, bring a partner or
Free. This is an annual outdoor summer event held for many years at
the Plaza-Bandshell in Section 9, near the
concession stands and stairway, on the boardwalk at Orchard Beach. Music
runs from approximately 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM, consisting of live bands plus a
DJ in between sets. The music by bands and DJ is often a combination of salsa
plus merengue, reggaeton and bachata mixed in, depending on the specific date,
and the bands are subject to change (we post the information given to us).
Please note that the organizers sometimes change the bands at the last minute
without telling us, so don't be surprised if the bands are different than we
have listed on our calendars. However, usually the bands are as scheduled.
Although there's no formal dance floor,
people spontaneously dance in the area all around the stage and off to the side toward the
concession stands and trees, all of which is pavement. Very friendly, casual, laid
back atmosphere, with everyone in jeans, shorts, bathing suits, in sneakers,
barefoot, getting up and dancing On 2, On 1, side-to-side, ol' Cuban style and
every other way salsa can be done. The majority are not On 2, so if you
want to be assured of On 2 partners, you may wish to go with a partner or a
group. The beach is right nearby, so you can alternate between beaching,
bathing and dancing. Plenty of food and beverages, and restrooms, are in
the same area.
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|HOW TO GET THERE
By Car: Take Hutchinson River Parkway, Bruckner Expressway
or Bronx & Pelham Parkway. Get off at "City Island & Orchard Beach"
exits. Continue by following signs to Orchard Beach, generally staying
left through any unmarked intersections, until you come to the huge main
Orchard Beach parking lot on your right. From the parking lot, walk
toward the water and the Boardwalk. At the Boardwalk, turn right and walk a few hundred feet to
"Section [Area] 9". On your right will be a large outdoor pavement
dancing area with a stage, and you'll hear the music.
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. Orchard Beach is part of Pelham Bay NYC Park .
By Bus: Bx12, Bx29, Bx5, Bx52, and Westchester Line number 45
serve the park. Orchard Beach is served by the Bx5 and Bx12 buses during the
summer only. During the winter, take the Bx29 to the City Island Circle and
walk to the beach.
By Subway: Take the 6 line to its last stop, Pelham Bay Park.
Connect to bus (see above).
Parking: There is a huge parking lot which costs a few dollars.
Well worth the convenience.
For more information on public transportation, click on
NYC Subway-Bus-Train Maps
NY-NJ PATH Train Maps or
Island Railroad Maps or
MetroNorth Railroad Maps or HopStop.
Please Note - Disclaimer:
New York City area summer outdoor salsa events in general are subject to program
changes and occasional cancellations for various reasons (band, DJ, weather,
administrative mix-ups, etc.), so don't be too surprised if this happens.
And the music may not always be as "pure salsa" as we would like. Also,
the dancing conditions may be less than ideal, for example concrete, grass,
dirt, sand, etc., so bring footwear that prepares you for any surface. I
will state the dancing surface if I know what it is. My information comes
from the most reliable sources I can find. In most cases, the information
turns out to be accurate, but occasionally it is not. "It's the nature of
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