A family-friendly, educational outing is in store for those Clevelanders who venture to the state capital to attend the 59th annual Columbus International Festival on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9 where traditions, heritage and diversity of the world’s multitude of cultures are celebrated. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.
Columbus International Festival Visitors will get the chance to explore the world at the Festival with over 175 exhibitors representing over 75 countries offering arts, crafts, entertainment, a fashion show, food and information about their nation’s culture. A children’s area will feature demonstrations and international arts & crafts for youth of all ages.
There will be continuous entertainment on various stages throughout the International Festival. Some of the countries represented with vocal and instrumental ensembles and dance troupes are China, India, Germany, Spain, England, Colombia, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, Israel, Japan and Honduras.
In addition to being able to enjoy international cuisine, there will be culinary exhibits and cooking demonstrations where visitors can observe and learn about various foods and dishes.
The Festival will also feature an International Shopping Bazaar where visitors can purchase arts & crafts and wares from international vendors.
Other activities at the Festival include a Parade of Nations (Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.) and free flu shots and eye, dental and medical screenings.
There will also be a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
Hours for the Columbus International Festival are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $2 for children (5-12). Parking fees vary.
For more information about the Columbus International Festival call 614-735-2848 or get online at www.columbusinternationalfestival.org.
The Columbus International Festival is being held this year at the Ohio Expo Celeste Center located at 717 E. 17th St. in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.