18th International Festival

Celebrate our CommUNITY of Cultures
September 26, 2015

at Harrisonburg, Virginia’s beautiful Hillandale Park

12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Celebrating our community’s rich intercultural diversity, the Harrisonburg International Festival invites you to join us for our 18th Annual event Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 12:00PM – 6:00PM at Hillandale Park. This event is free, with plenty of food and crafts available for purchase.

As we have since its inception in 1995, this unusual event brings together an extravaganza of performing, visual, and culinary arts and a world of beautiful people offering a remarkable smorgasbord of mouth-watering delicacies, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities, a World Bazaar of exquisite hand-made and imported art and souvenirs, and a world of stories waiting to be shared!

You will find friends from all over the world, foods from Ethiopia, Mexico, India, Thailand, Europe, Puerto Rico, and Central America,  talent in music and dance from Aztec, Filipino, Irish, Chinese, and Kurdish artists, storytelling from our Native American heritage, a parade of cultural fashion and dress, and dedicated partners for a better world working for environmental sustainability, green energy, and peace. This year our ever-popular Fashion Show of International Cultural Dress returns and we expect it to be better than ever! We believe your hearts will be enlarged and re-energized with the love and hospitality you will find here, in the smiles, and hugs, and beats that set your feet to dancing. Rain or shine, the show will go on. We are a family-oriented and handicapped accessible event with shuttle service for those in need. Parking on the grounds is HOV3 (high occupancy vehicles with 3 or more riders) only. Free shuttle service is provided from parking lots in Harrisonburg running every 15-20 minutes throughout the day.

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We invite you to share this with your friends on Facebook. Look for Harrisonburg International Festival, tag yourselves and your friends in our galleries, and come out and join us again so we can add you to our growing celebration of intercultural beauty!

Preview what’s shaping up! 
Special thanks to Scott Lowe, WMRA, and Lisa Houff: 


Listen to WMRA’s beautiful introductory tribute and invitation to our 2014 Festival!



Get Involved! Become Part of the Festival!

Volunteer Opportunities

Have you been to the festival and want to join in the fun of making this event happen? Embrace the beauty of the Valley's many distinct cultures by donating your time at the Harrisonburg International Festival as a volunteer. Learn more

Food Vendor Opportunities

Festival attendees want to savor the unique flavors and aromas that your culture's food provides. Promote your restaurant or cooking skills by joining us at the festival as a food vendor. Learn more

Artisans and Cultural Vendor Opportunities

We need the most creative International artists and import vendors from the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.. Festival-goers will be intrigued and enraptured by the goods assembled by local artisans and cultural stores. Show off your handicrafts at our festival by signing up as a vendor. Learn more

Business Sponsor Opportunities

Do you have a business that needs promotion or would you like to expose your services and products to a larger audience? We invite you to learn more about the International Festival and to become a business sponsor. Learn more

Educational Program Opportunites

Hands-on interactive experiences, art activities, storytelling, and games make the Festival a big hit with the whole family. Find out how you, your organization, business or school group can enrich the most important component of the festival, education. Learn more