The Festival of Nations is Minnesota’s largest multicultural celebration. People of all ages are invited to think global and eat local with friends and family. The festival brings together people from a vast array of backgrounds to celebrate their ethnic heritage, learn about other cultures and enjoy great food. Through exhibits, food, music, dance, and personal connections, Festival of Nations provides a look into the traditions, history and journey of over 90 ethnic groups, and sheds light on how each one contributes to the American cultural landscape.
New this year, the festival will focus on Folklore and Fairytales from many cultures. Saturday morning will be filled with family-friendly programming including youth dance performances, storytellers, and puppet shows. Saturday night will feature programming that explores the darker side of folklore and fairytale. Meet such characters as Krampus from Austria and the Abominable Snowman (Yetti) from Tibet and enjoy performances by Heart of the Beast puppet theater and other groups.
ENTERTAINMENT – Over 300 dancers and musicians perform on three stages throughout the Festival; all free with festival admission.
CULTURAL EXHIBITS – Community members will showcase their distinctive cultures through 40+ special exhibits. Festival visitors can pick up a Festival of Nations Passport to be stamped at each stop.
ETHNIC CAFÉS – Enjoy fare from all over the world at over 35 ethnic food cafés: from Palestinian falafel to Colombian tamales to Tibetan mo-mos and Norwegian lefse; Lebanese tabouli and Nigerian Moi-Moi (bean cake) to Vietnamese Banh mi (Vietnamese-style sandwiches). Proceeds from each café benefit local non-profit organizations.
ETHNIC DEMONSTRATIONS – Community members will showcase their distinctive cultures through interactive exhibits. This is a fun and interactive activity for the whole family! Many folk artisans practicing crafts passed down through generations and interactive, educational demonstrations will be featured in over 30 booths, including a Mongolian Yurt, a Viking Ship Replica, Indian Henna, and Italian Bocce Ball.
INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR – Shopping from around the globe with booths representing 68 countries, with imported gifts including clothing, jewelry and artifacts from many cultures.
Visiting Taiwanese Circus Performers: FOCA. - Formosa Circus Arts
The members of Formosa Circus Arts- FOCA come from different artistic worlds including: acrobatics, stunt, dance, or theater and combine all these arts to create a new style of performance, while keeping in mind to develop modern circus and actively promote Circus culture in Taiwan. Since the beginning, FOCA has combined traditional and modern elements, dance and acrobatics, street culture and theatrical works. FOCA continually implements new concepts and pushes their creativity to develop a unique physical language and an original vision – exploring the relationship between the performers and the public. Performance: Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. on the World Stage in Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
Guthrie Theater Workshops
The Guthrie Theater will be hosting open performance and storytelling workshops throughout the Festival.
General Public Hours:
Friday, May 6, 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
At the Door: $13.50 Adults (18+), $8 Students
Ages 5 and under FREE with adult admission