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24th Annual Global Fest

Saturday, September 21

The 24th Annual Global Fest features food, dance, crafts and displays from cultures around the world. Enjoy musical performances from Kardemimmit, Frontera Bugalú and The Garifuna Collective.

Presented by the City of West Lafayette, Purdue Convocations and the International Center of West Lafayette

Join us for Global Fest 2019 on September 21. Once again, Global Fest will be presented as a street festival, with Northwestern Avenue, South Street and Columbia Street as the backdrop for the celebration! Enjoy and explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays and international food. Continuous stage entertainment, cultural displays and children’s activities are among the free events. The festival also will include the International Night Market, featuring delicacies from all over the world and local craft beer.


Naturalization Ceremony
White Horse Christian Center | 1780 Cumberland Ave. | 3PM |  FREE
The naturalization ceremony is a pivotal milestone in the naturalization process, where soon-to-be citizens swear an oath to the United States and receive their official certificates. The ceremony will feature special guests and a performance by the Purduettes.


Global Fest Main Stage | Northwestern Ave. | 2PM-10PM | Free
Join us for events that celebrate our diverse community and world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays, international food and craft beer. The entertainment starts at 2PM and continues into the evening with these headliners starting at 6PM.

International Night Market | 6PM-10PM | FREE
Discover food from around the world in this all-new evening food market.

Kardemimmit | 6PM
Kardemimmit is an all-woman band that focuses on the Finnish national instrument, the kantele. Alongside 15- and 38-string kanteles, singing is at the core of Kardemimmit’s musical universe—where original pieces with a modern approach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions.

Frontera Bugalú | 7:30PM
Frontera Bugalú is a musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez in El Paso, Texas, in 2011. The band made its name by performing an energetic fusion of border folk and cumbia music.

The Garifuna Collective | 9PM
The Garifuna Collective continues to push the boundaries of its dynamic, centuries-old musical traditions, breaking new ground with performances that show why UNESCO has proclaimed the language, dance and music of the Garifuna people of Central America as a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”

Additional support for Global Fest:

Purdue Federal Credit Union | Garmong Construction Services | O.W. Krohn & Associates | Butler, Fairman & Seufert, Inc. | West Lafayette Parks & Recreation | Sunbelt Rentals | West Lafayette Public Library | Bowen Engineering | Westminster Village | Comcast | HWC Engineering | Indiana American Water Company | Purdue Research Foundation | Purdue Black Cultural Center | Friends of Convocations Endowment