Experience Wisconsin's Cultural Offerings at These Ethnic Festivals

Madison, Wis. – Wisconsin residents are proud to represent cultures from around the world, and we love sharing our heritage, traditions and celebrations. In Wisconsin, there are entire communities that pay homage to their early settlers, festivals that let you time travel with ease, and events that celebrate the rich cultural fabric of the state. Take a step into another culture for the day at one of these fantastic festivals!

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Black Arts Fest MKE – Milwaukee – Aug. 4, 2018
This new festival includes four stages of entertainment reflective of different genres made popular by African American artists – R&B, Gospel, Blues, Motown and more. Children will enjoy a play area with face painting and crafts and a children’s stage showcasing different styles of dance. Visit the Artistry of Heritage area to see demonstrations of African and African American art forms throughout history. Bite into a variety of African cuisine and stop at the vendor area to pick up goods of all kinds.

India Fest – Milwaukee – Aug. 18, 2018
India Fest brings communities together beyond borders, boundaries, language, religion and region. Celebrate India in grand fashion during Wisconsin’s first official India Day. Sample Indian food, join dance demonstrations and peruse the variety of wares available for purchase.

Africa Fest – Madison – Aug. 18, 2018
Madison’s annual Africa Fest celebrates the rich cultural and musical heritage of Africa and provides a great opportunity to get to know Madison’s African community. Participate in the Strides for Africa run to raise money for building water wells in Ethiopia and Liberia and enjoy the numerous tents and stages featuring food, culture and performances by local dance groups.

Mexican Fiesta – Milwaukee – Aug. 24-26, 2018
Celebrate three days of Mexican fun, food and culture at Milwaukee’s lakefront. Enjoy international dancing and music at the Cultural Pavilion or stroll through the marketplace for handmade crafts and yummy food. Save room for the Mexican bread “pan de feria,” baked by authentic Mexican bakers.

Indian Summer Festival – Milwaukee – Sept. 7-9, 2018
Indian Nation's largest cultural celebration occurs every year in Milwaukee. Featuring a traditional Pow Wow, fireworks, Indian dance troupes, cultural demonstrations, authentic foods, an extensive Native American marketplace and much more.

Ethnic Fest – Two Rivers – Sept. 15, 2018
Join in the annual Two Rivers Ethnic Fest. Come for the music and dance, enjoy the food and shop the many vendors selling items from every continent. The celebration begins with the parade of flags down Washington Street to the Central Park Bandstand. Stay all day taking in the refreshing sights and sounds.

International Fall Festival – Eau Claire – Sept. 29, 2018
Visit Eau Claire for the 30th Annual International Fall Festival, showcasing Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food and music. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, with more than 100 different ethnic foods and craft vendors celebrating the diverse cultural heritage of West Central Wisconsin.

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