International Festival 2013

The first weekend in October marks the start of the 28th annual International Festival in Raleigh. Held at the convention center Friday the 4th through Sunday the 6th, the event features a wide variety of activities from demonstrations to a Naturalization Ceremony to many different performances. The festival is a celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe.

Photo of flags at the International Festival, from their Facebook page.

Photo of flags at the International Festival, from their Facebook page.

Dancers at the International Festival, courtesy of the International Festival Facebook page. Photo by Don Webster.

Dancers at the International Festival, courtesy of the International Festival Facebook page. Photo by Don Webster.

Cultural exhibits encourage attendees of all ages to learn more about the history and traditions of different cultures while authentic dances from over 30 different cultures entertain and awe the audience. Demonstrations on traditional crafts and cooking as well as kid-specific activities are a large part of the event as well – from how to make Korean dumplings to face painting. Experience the excitement of becoming a citizen of the United States by watching those taking the oath at the Naturalization Ceremony and shop for items from across the globe at the bazaar.

International Festival Bazaar photo courtesy of the International Festival Facebook page. By Stephanie Haines Photography

International Festival Bazaar photo courtesy of the International Festival Facebook page. By Stephanie Haines Photography

 

Food at the International Festival, courtesy of their Facebook page. Photo by Katie Shattuck.

Food at the International Festival, courtesy of their Facebook page. Photo by Katie Shattuck.

And don’t forget about tantalizing your taste buds with food from around the world at the Sidewalk Café and international wine and beer selections from the Biergarten. Weekend passes as well as individual day tickets are available and start at only $6 for adults. The festival will be an extravaganza of 50+ cultures over 3 days – come celebrate the diversity of the world in downtown Raleigh in October!

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