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The International Festival has become a key component of the Triangle’s cultural and artistic offerings. Activities and exhibits include the main stage with continuous entertainment from local and international dance groups, food booths with culinary offerings from around the world, cultural booths where visitors can learn about different cultures and their traditions, a world market, games from around the world, the Biergarten stage for music, the town square, and ethnic dance lessons and cultural demonstrations.
A Naturalization Ceremony became part of the Festival in 1988 . The Ceremony continues to be the grand opening of the Festival.
The first International Festival of Raleigh was held in October of 1986 at the Raleigh Convention Center. It was originally a project of the Sister Cities Association of Raleigh. Due to the pandemic we had to cancel our 2020 edition which would have marked the 34th annual Festival.