Cancelation Announced for the Festival of Nations

The International Institute of Minnesota and the Festival of Nations, the Midwest’s oldest and longest running multicultural festival, announce with sadness the conclusion of this beloved event.

While the Institute remains steadfast in its commitment to celebrating Minnesota’s diverse cultures, it must prioritize its urgent day-to-day work of serving New Americans with their successful transition to a new community.

The International Institute’s annual Festival of Nations was the most diverse, oldest and longest running multicultural festival in the Midwest. Since 1932, its goal was to inspire people to discover more about our world and embrace the rich cultural diversity in our community. Nearly 100 ethnic groups came together for a unique, 4-day experience that celebrated cultural heritage through dancing, performances, exhibits, demonstrations and cuisine.

We encourage the community to continue embracing and celebrating Minnesota’s rich tapestry of cultures and connections.

Learn more about the cancelation of the Festival of Nations.

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Founded in 1919, the International Institute of Minnesota delivers services and resources to assist New Americans in the transition to a new life leading to economic self-sufficiency. Working together, New Americans, volunteers, and staff create not only a new home, but also a new future for those who have been displaced. From language learning and job training to citizenship classes and the celebration of cultural traditions at the Festival of Nations, the Institute offers New Americans a pathway for a strong start to a new life in our community – something we all benefit from.

Helping New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life.

The Institute supports this mission by providing linguistically and culturally accessible services that enable every New American to work toward achieving full community participation and self-sufficiency.