From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society, Inc. (SPIFFS) and its ethnic member groups present the 39th annual International Festival at Vinoy Park on St. Petersburg’s beautiful waterfront, transforming it into a microcosm of the world.
This year’s theme is "Holiday Foods of the World.” In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers a multitude of special entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and drumming by more than 30 ethnic groups.
On the two school days (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1), Giving Tree Music will engage groups of students in drum circles, and student groups will be performing on the main stage.
On Nov. 2, the general public will enjoy breathtaking music from Mongolia, featuring a beautiful instrument called Horse Head Violin (Morin Khuur), Native American drummers and dancers plus folk music and dancing from around the world. Be sure not to miss the Grand Parade of Nations at 2 pm, when members of the many SPIFFS ethnic groups will parade around the park, led by bands, pipers and drummers. The parade will be followed by a new citizen swearing-in ceremony.
The evening closes with a performance by Gypsy Star, an American acoustic rock band whose original music is flavored with a fusion of sounds and rhythms from around the world. Folks dancing and music will be performed throughout the festival from two stages. From one end of the globe to the other, you will find outstanding performances and demonstrations from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa, not to mention food, cultural arts and crafts, art displays and more.
SPIFFS is Tampa Bay’s own United Nations and the only independent non-profit, multi-cultural folk fair organization in the country. Folk Fair is your chance to travel the world in a day - without leaving the country. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to take part in the magic of song, dance and foods from around the world.
Oct. 31 & Nov. 1: 9 am-3pm (schools only)
Saturday, Nov. 2: 10 am - 9 pm (general public) Admission: Adults: $10 Students: $6 Children under 6 accompanied by adult: FREE
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