International Festival at the Southfield Pavilion


Step back in time and over country borders to experience a multicultural festival that’s boomed since 1926 and still attracts around 10,000 visitors. The International Festival in Southfield reintroduces Michiganders to a host of cultural customs and ethnic peoples with rich traditions Oct. 10-11, 2015, by meshing music, cuisine, dance, apparel and indigenous arts for two days packed with inspired fun for the whole family.

Don’t miss cultural exhibits, demonstrations and appease those rumbling tummies with international delicacies available for purchase. Watch in awe as dancers clad in vibrant clothing and familiar with the rhythms of Poland, India, Africa, Spain, Greece, Korea, Mexico, the Middle East, the Ukraine and more take the floor.

The youngest members of the family won’t experience a shortage of activities to tackle.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts’ mobile art museum, “DIA Away: Think Like an Artist” makes a repeat appearance this year. The 53-foot, double-expandable trailer provides an interactive classroom and creative space – “a rich educational program beyond the museum’s walls” – where children can demonstrate and explore their creative thinking, the City of Southfield notes. The little artists can demonstrate what they’ve learned by trying their hand at ethnic crafts, while the parents peruse the International Bazaar’s handmade crafts, fabrics, jewelry, clothing and other authentic gifts.

“The International Festival is a great cultural event for the entire family,” says Acting Community Relations Director Michael Manion on the City of Southfield’s webpage. “It is really an opportunity to travel the world in a day with no passport required.”

The festivities run noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11.

Prices are $3 per person for a weekend pass or $5 per family with free parking.

Learn more about the 2015 International Festival in Southfield in the Metro Parent calendar – and even more fairs and festivals in Michigan.