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International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion

This 91st annual celebration returns Oct. 10-12, 2014 and brings a world of food, fun and festivities, from dance to crafts, perfect for the whole family

Ever wanted to travel the world? Well, you don't have to go far and you don't have to pay much – because the world is coming to you. The International Festival is back at the Southfield Pavilion Oct. 10-12, 2014 – so skip the suitcases and bring the whole family for a bargain multicultural weekend!

The 91st annual International Festival is a cultural event that celebrates food, customs and crafts from all around the world.

It kicks off Friday, Oct. 10 with a 10 a.m. swearing-in ceremony of new citizens from 31 countries. The festival then runs through Sunday. Celebrated cultures include Polish, Indian, African, Spanish, Greek, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Ukrainian and many more.

A new highlight is the unveiling of the Detroit Institute of Arts' new DIA Away: Think Like an Artist mobile interactive classroom and creative exploration space. Kids can swing by and join in programs and try digital and hands-on stations.

Other highlights at the 2014 event include:

  • Children's arts and crafts making workshops
  • International music and dance performances
  • Cultural exhibits and demonstrations
  • An "International Bazaar" featuring imported products, handmade crafts, jewelry, fabric, apparel and other unique gifts
  • International and ethnic food sure to make your taste buds sing (there are even American foods for those who prefer the flavor of home)

Overall event hours are as follows:

  • Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

In addition to these enriching, fun-filled activities, the festival is affordable! A weekend pass is just $3/person or $5/family – with free parking, too.

This event is sponsored by the City of Southfield, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Lawrence Technological University and C&G Newspapers.

Check out the Metro Parent listing for more information on the 2014 International Festival in Southfield.

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