International Festival

The City of Southfield and the International Institute of Metro Detroit

proudly present the International Festival October 10-11

Cultural event celebrates food, customs and crafts from around the world


Event will include the new DIA Away: Think Like an Artist mobile interactive museum and creativity space

The City of Southfield, in partnership with the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc., will sponsor the 89th annual International Festival Saturday, October 10 – Sunday, October 11 in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road.  

The International Festival will kick-off on Friday, October 9 with a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) swearing-in ceremony of new citizens at 10 a.m. Last year, more than 100 immigrants from 43 countries were sworn-in as new citizens. The Festival will continue on Saturday, October 10 from 12–6 p.m. and Sunday, October 11 from 12–6 p.m.  

The International Festival is a fun, affordable and enriching event for the entire family. The festival will offer international music and dance performances throughout the entire weekend, including: Indian, African, Spanish, Albanian, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Bulgarian and many others; children’s art and craft making workshops; and cultural exhibits and demonstrations. Guests will also be able to purchase imported products, handmade crafts, jewelry, fabrics, apparels and other unique gifts from around the world at the International Bazaar. A variety of international and ethnic food will also be available for purchase. A weekend pass is just $3 per person or $5 per family with free parking.

“The International Festival is a great cultural event for the entire family,” commented Acting Community Relations Director Michael Manion. “It is really an opportunity to travel the world in a day with no passport required. Guests can see some of the best cultural performing groups in the area and also get a start on their holiday shopping from vendors offering unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from around the world.”

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) new DIA Away: Think Like an Artist mobile interactive classroom and creative exploration space will return to the Festival again this year. DIA Away is a fully furnished, vibrantly designed 53’ double-expandable trailer that will provide a rich educational program beyond the museum’s walls. Inside, participants will discover some of the ways artists think, and then have the opportunity to try out creative thinking skills at digital and hands-on stations. Visitors will be surprised and inspired to discover the connections between themselves and the ways artists think and work. DIA Away will be open free-of-charge throughout the entire weekend.  

The 2015 International Festival is sponsored by the City of Southfield, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Lawrence Technological University, C&G Newspapers and Central Michigan University.

For more information, call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130.