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Holiday Folk Fair International

November 17, 2023 November 19, 2023

The 80th annual Holiday Folk Fair returns to State Fair Park with global vendors, international cuisine, vibrant demonstrations, cultural dances, and more.

“The Holiday Folk Fair International is an event that enables cultures from around the world to showcase their traditions and heritage,” said Dr. Paul F. Trebian, President and CEO of the International Institute of Wisconsin, which organizes the event. 

“As we foster an environment of understanding and learning, of respect and tolerance, visitors will begin to find within themselves the necessary qualities for shaping their lives and that of their community, as well as of our state and nation.”

Traditional clothing represents identity, heritage, values, and beliefs, which are showcased at the fair, and enables individuals to share these qualities with others in a meaningful way. 

 

“Those who wear it feel a sense of pride in where they come from, and it prevents individuals from assimilating into the dominant culture and losing their sense of living heritage in the process,” Trebian noted.

A food staple throughout the world, rice will be the 2023 featured food at Folk Fair.

Folk Fair hours are 2-9pm Friday, Nov. 17, 10am-9pm Saturday, Nov. 18, and 10am-6pm Sunday, Nov. 19. 

Advance tickets are now available at folkfair.org. Visit the website for admission prices and updates.

6 WAYS TO EXPLORE

All Nations Theater
Visitors can enjoy traditional music and dancing 
Tanzhauz
Watch various musical performances 
World Café
Sample international cuisine
Coffee House 
Sip a hot beverage and savor a pastry 
International Bazaar 
Shop for special gifts 
Heritage Lane
View fascinating interactive cultural exhibits