International Festival Season

June 6, 2017

Our international festival season kicks off every June in the greater Fayetteville area, all leading up to a grand finale in September with the International Folk Festival. Not a month goes by here without a celebration of our communities’ rich diversity, so we are sharing a comprehensive list of our multicultural festivals. If this does not whet your appetite enough, we are also offering tips on local restaurants and food trucks that are well known for their multicultural cuisine. Join us as we savor the international flare and flavors of Cumberland County’s communities.

international festival FayettevilleCaribbean-American Heritage Month Festival
Festival Park, June 25

Our festival season begins with this celebration of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, featuring authentic cuisine, traditional games, cultural performances, and more. For the seventh year, the Caribbean American Connection of Fayetteville North Carolina (CACOFNC) will host this one-day event and show off to our locals and visitors the best of this culture.

Caribbean Food Truck: Dhan’s Kitchen on the Go

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African World Peace Festival
Downtown Fayetteville, July 15

Returning for the third year, this festival starts off with the African World Peace 5K Run/Walk through historic downtown Fayetteville in the morning. The rest of the full day of festivities includes a cultural parade, live music, dance performances, African cuisine, arts and crafts displays, and much more.

West-African Restaurant: Taste of West Africa

 

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Latino Community Connects Festival
Festival Park, August 5

The Latino Community Connect organization hosts this annual festival to unite the community and to embrace their rich Hispanic heritage. Visitors will enjoy watching the Hispanic heritage dance performances, listening to live music, and eating some great food, while the kids will enjoy the bounce houses and other activities in the free children’s area. NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED BY EVENT ORGANIZERS AFTER THIS BLOG WAS PUBLISHED.

Cuban Restaurant: Habana Restaurant

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Umoja Festival
Smith Recreation Center and Seabrook Park, August 26

For 26 years now, the Umoja Group has been celebrating the history of African-Americans with this cultural, family and community festival. Traditional storytellers, drummers, and dancers bring this history alive every year, and festival-goers also take advantage of the health fair (free) and some delicious soul food.

Southern-American Food Truck: Babann’s Southern Fried Chicken

 

international festival FayettevilleGreek Festival
Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church,
September 8-10

This three-day event is one of the longest-standing festivals in the greater Fayetteville area, celebrating its 27th anniversary and attracting thousands of new and returning visitors each year. One of its biggest draws is the homemade Greek cuisine and pastries, but the traditional dance performances and marketplace are two more reasons to add this festival to your bucket list.

Greek/Turkish Restaurant: Agora Restaurant

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International Folk Festival
Downtown Fayetteville, September 22-24

Finally, our international festival season wraps up with this grand, three-day celebration of Cumberland County’s cultural diversity, offering festival-goers “a trip around the world.” More than 30 cultural groups, such as ones shared above, participate in the Parade of Nations, live performances, International Café, and other festivities. The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County expects as many as 200,000 people will experience the international flare and flavors of our communities at their 39th International Folk Festival (IFF) this year.

Last year, we wrote about the IFF’s International Café and what foodies can discover there; read more on “It’s a Small World After All.” If you are planning a visit to the area and seeking more international dining options, be sure to check out our International Cuisine Trail for 30 restaurants worth a trip. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events is also a great resource to our visitors for all the festivals and events taking place here year-round.

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