Looking to share lefse with your Norwegian co-worker? Or listen to Argentine tango singing with your Spanish class students?

The Festival of Nations is designed to experience the Festival’s truly international effort in creating, celebrating, and sustaining the masterpieces of world’s cultures as they are expressed in the Festival’s International Cafes, Bazaars & Marketplace, Folk Art Demonstrations, Cultural Exhibits, and World Stage.


Get your passport stamped when you “travel” around the Cultural Exhibits and interact with the Festival of Nations’ staff and volunteers. Passports purchased in advance are $1.00 for adults, youth, and kids and can be purchased on the same order as tickets. Passports can also be purchased during the Festival at the Information booth.

Hours and Location

The 2020 Festival of Nations will take place at the St. Paul RiverCentre on April 30th – May 3rd, 2020, honoring Real People, Real Stories, Our Minnesota Communities. The 2020 group visit days and hours are:

Thursday, April 30- 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Friday, May 1- 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2- 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 3- 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Saint Paul RiverCentre is located within walking distance of the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Children’s Museum, the Minnesota History Center, the Landmark Center, and the Excel Energy Center.


We regret to inform you the 2020 Festival of Nations from 30 April – 3 May is canceled and will not be rescheduled. 

Culture To Experience


Experience the taste of authentic ethnic cuisine at 30+ International Cafes. 


Visit 50+ International Bazaars to admire ethnic art and craft or purchase a gift for a loved one.


Witness centuries-old and contemporary Folk Art Demonstrations such as Mongolian Yurt Building or Senegalese Pottery Making.


Learn fascinating facts about World Festivals and Celebrations at 40+ Cultural Exhibits. Also, attend Exhibit Awards and Flag Ceremony.


Watch breathtaking local and international child, teen, and adult dance performances. Listen to ethnic instrumental music and singing. Learn how to dance yourself with our “Learn-A-Dance” lessons!