International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion

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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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