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40 Years Celebrating Diversity

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, October 01, 2014


The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society (SPIFFS) and its ethnic member groups present the 40th Annual International Festival at Vinoy Park on Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2014.

In addition to ethnic foods and cultural displays, Folk Fair offers entertainment in the form of dancing, singing and drumming by more than 30 groups. On the two school days (Oct. 30-31). On Saturday, Nov. 1, the general public will enjoy breathtaking music from Mongolia, featuring the Horse Head Violin (Morin Khuur), Polynesian 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 groups will parade around the park, led by colorful bands, pipers and drummers. The parade will be followed by a swearing-in ceremony of 40 new citizens.


Saturday‚Äôs entertainment in the International Beer Garden includes New Horizon Band, 3 Pint Harmony (Celtic), Manni Daum (German Oktoberfest) and Tony Wiley (Reggae). Sunday will feature The Islanders Greek Band and Urban Gypsies.


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 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. 


October 30 & 31 9 am - 3pm (schools only)

Saturday, November 1 10 am -  9 pm (general public)

Sunday, November 2 12 noon - 6 pm
Admission: Adults: $10.00 Students: $6.00
Children under 6 accompanied by adult: FREE

For details, call (727) 552-1896 or email 


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