Don’t Miss the 57th Columbus International Festival
By: Zach Gostlin
On the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, Columbus plays host to a global celebration rallying together groups from 80 nations. This year the organizers are honored to be a part of 200Columbus The Bicentennial as they celebrate our community’s incredible diversity at the 57th annual Columbus International Festival.
This year there will be more than 800 vendors, musicians, dancers and artist from all over the world. There’s a Children’s Activity Area with games and arts like Japanese origami, and each child is given a special International Festival passport that helps them learn about their community and the world around us. They take the passport around to vendors to get stamped and learn more about the countries and cultures.
This unique community event is the largest of its kind in central Ohio, and will include highlights such as a Parade of Nations, a health fair with World Health Organization updates, hands-on global activities for children and families, a global marketplace of arts and crafts, unique culinary demonstrations from across the globe, and travelers’ advisories and tips. Entertainment highlights include the Columbus International Children’s Choir, OSU Hillel Folk Dancers, and vocal and instrumental ensembles and dance troupes from Korea, India, China, Bangladesh, the Middle East, Arab countries, Iran, African countries, Spain, Germany, Poland, Scotland, England, Slovakia, the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Cuba, the Balkans, France, The Philipine’s, Ireland, Haiti, Russia, The Columbus Crew and more.
This year the two-day, family-friendly festival is open to the public:
Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission to the Festival is:
Adult one day entry ticket $7.00 at the door, or $5 pre-purchased on web-site
Senior and student with ID $5.00 at the door.
Kids age 5 to 12 years $2.00 at the door.
Kids under age 5 $ FREE
Festival information for exhibitors, volunteers, and the general public is available at www.CIFOhio.org
For additional information contact Zachary Gostlin at 614-522-9594 or ZGostlin@teltrongroup.com