Festival of Nations

We are reimagining the Festival of Nations.

The Festival of Nations will not take place in 2023 to allow the International Institute of Minnesota to launch a process that reimagines the future of the Festival of Nations.  Learn more.

For 88 years, the Festival of Nations has inspired people throughout the region to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity brought to us by immigrants from around the globe.





Explore The Festival


Treat your taste buds with Halušky and surprise your palate with Kukhura Ko Masu. From Norwegian lefse to Thai noodles, the Festival’s WORLD CAFÉ features more than 30 different ethnic food vendors.

International Bazaar

Reminiscent of street markets around the world, DISCOVER a diverse collection of ethnically-inspired crafts, toys, fabrics, clothing and more designed to intrigue any global citizen.


Three entertainment areas featuring traditional dancing and music representing cultures from around the globe. Visit our World Stage, Café Stage, and our Atrium Stage.


INTERACT with folk artisans dedicated to preserving the techniques and methods passed down through generations to create exceptional handicrafts.


ENGAGE with representatives from nations in every time zone and gain deeper insight into their cultural legacies by visiting these thought-provoking artistic visual displays.


Play a game of Bocce Ball, then a game of chess on the giant chess board. Take a mini-language lesson, then jump in to an ethnic dance lesson. Venture through the different Festival of Nations areas and join in the many activities that you will find.

The Festival of Nations extends thanks and gratitude to Land O Lakes for their year of financial and community support.


The Festival of Nations is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 




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