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Celebrate cultural diversity, connect locally and globally!

Held every spring, the International Children’s Festival presents an exciting and interactive community event for children and families to learn about the many cultures of the world through music, dance, crafts, hands-on activities, and games. This event also offers an opportunity for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to share their culture with neighbors and friends.

Attend the International Children's Festival

Internationals and Americans of all ages are welcome to come celebrate diverse global cultures at the International Children’s Festival. This event is held in the spring. To receive notifications about our events, please contact us to add your name to our email list. For information on past and upcoming events, please like the Global Connections Facebook page, and check our home page.

Volunteer at the International Children's Festival

This event would not be possible without the help of many enthusiastic volunteers! Please contact us if you are interested in:

  • Hosting a cultural showcase table (e.g., sharing about your traditions, doing a craft, offering ethnic snacks/food, presenting costumes and artifacts from your home country),
  • Teaching/playing a game that you enjoyed growing up in your home country,
  • Performing at the festival (e.g., dance, instrumental, singing), or
  • General help such as set-up, clean-up, and driving volunteers.

Please join us and help present a journey around the globe for our local children and families. Both internationals and Americans are welcome!

Past International Children's Festivals

We celebrated the 2017 International Children’s Festival on April 15 at Mont Nittany Middle School. Over 450 local children and families explored the incredibly diverse cultures right here in Centre County through a fun-filled and action-packed adventure around the globe, including three new ways to experience cultures: world children’s games, multicultural story corners, and an egg hunt complete with international prizes. View the slide show and video below for some great moments from our past events. Special thanks to the 2017 International Children’s Festival co-sponsor: Penn State’s Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity, for their generous support that helped to make this year’s event a success!

The 2017 International Children’s Festival was co-sponsored by Penn State’s Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity.

Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity
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