International Festival Nov 18-19. 2017

The city of Southfield, in partnership with the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc., will sponsor the 95th annual International Festival Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, November 19 from 12-6 p.m. in the Southfield Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road. 

The International Festival will kick-off on Friday, November 17 with a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) swearing-in ceremony of new citizens at 10 a.m. Last year, more than 50 immigrants from 28 countries were sworn-in as new citizens. The Festival will continue on Saturday, November 18 from 12-6 p.m., and Sunday, November 19 from 12-6 p.m.

The International Festival is a fun, affordable and enriching event for the entire family. The festival will offer international music and dance performances throughout the entire weekend, including: Indian, African, Spanish, Bulgarian, Korean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Albanian and many others; children’s art and craft making workshops; and cultural exhibits and demonstrations. Guests will also be able to purchase imported products, handmade crafts, jewelry, fabrics, apparels and other unique gifts from around the world at the International Bazaar. A variety of international and ethnic food will also be available for purchase. A weekend pass is just $3 per person or $5 per family with free parking.

“The International Festival is a great cultural event for the entire family,” commented Community Relations Director Michael Manion. “It is really an opportunity to travel the world in a day with no passport required. Guests can see some of the best cultural performing groups in the area and also get a start on their holiday shopping from vendors offering unique, one-of-a-kind gifts from around the world.” 

The 2017 International Festival is sponsored by the city of Southfield, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Lawrence Technological University, Consumers Energy, T-Mobile, Southfield Town Center and C&G Newspapers. For more information, call Southfield Community Relations at (248) 796-5130.


Also, next Friday, there is a concert and dinner award call "The Heart Beat of Michigan". This is a great gathering of the leadership of different ethnic communities and an opportunity to meet IIMD honorees (people from major businesses, organizations and institutes in Michigan).

When: Nov. 17th
Time: 6 - 9pm
Place: Southfield Civic Center
Tickets: $25 (dinner is included)

For tickets and reservation, please call Nada Dalgamouni, (248) 752-2345 or email: internationalinstitute01@