Milwaukee’s Folk Fair Always a Holiday Favorite

Egg rolls and meat balls and puff-crusted strudels, kringle and sushi and hot-buttered noodles; tasty sensations each November brings, the Holiday Folk Fair’s a favorite thing.

The Milwaukee’s Holiday Folk Fair International has garnered a reputation as one of America’s premier multi-cultural festivals. Held the weekend before Thanksgiving in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park, the festival draws about 50,000 people each year to sample the culture and cuisine of more than 50 ethnic nationalities. Spectators enjoy music and dance performances, an international bazaar, food court and heritage exhibit area.

Held in a city that often celebrates its broad European roots, the Holiday Folk Fair has grown over the years to embrace Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, African-American and Native American ethnic traditions as well. 

Over three days the festival’s All Nations Theater presents a near non-stop lineup of traditional music and dance—an International Stage where youth groups perform, a Music Pavilion, world-market shopping at the International Bazaar, interactive exhibits along Heritage Lane that showcase diverse customs and traditions, and a demonstration kitchen that features local chefs preparing ethnic cuisine. There’s even a 5K Run/Walk, and a US Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony.

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