Holiday Folk Fair International begins Friday and runs
through Sunday at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West
Holiday Folk Fair International
n Hours: 2
p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10
a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: $10 in advance, family four-packs $36. At the gate:
$12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 6 to 12,
those younger than 5 will be admitted for free.Those with a
military ID card get in free.
information: www.folkfair.org or 414-225-6225.
WEST ALLIS - A variety of special events will be highlighted
at the 73rd annual Holiday Folk Fair International, which runs
Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park.
of the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair
International celebrates the cultural heritage of the people
living in southeastern Wisconsin.
year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of Water,” will
allow fairgoers the opportunity to learn the ways in which
water and its symbolism are incorporated into the music, food,
dance, arts, and crafts of Holiday Folk Fair.
attractions in 2016 include invited international performers
and artisans, including the SchlitzerlŠnder Trachten- und
Volkstanzkreis musical group from Schlitz, Germany, a World
Heritage Japanese photographic exhibit, the Sisters Cities
International 2016 Young Artist and Authors Showcase, The
United States Department of State “Faces of Diplomacy”
exhibit, the artisan corner sponsored by Debra Stefl and
Katherine Kral, financial advisors with Morgan Stanley, the
Kohl’s Color Wheels display, the Wisconsin Woodturners, and
a bonsai exhibit.
Holiday Folk Fair International’s annual “Cultural
Awareness Program” on Friday, will give more than 3,000
fourth- through eighth-grade students and teachers an
opportunity to personally experience global connections
through ethnic displays, workshops, mini language and
genealogy classes, exhibits and demonstrations, music and
dance performances, storytelling, food sampling and a
individuals will become American citizens in the Folk Fair’s
annual Naturalization Ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
basic work is immigration and refugee resettlement,” said Al
Durtka, executive vice president of the International
Institute of Wisconsin. “This is only three days a year. In
terms of immigration we help individuazls get through the
immigration process. We’re talking about immigrants who are
annual Around The World 5K Run/Walk benefitting The Salvation
Army of Milwaukee County will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Wisconsin Scholastic Chess Federation will conduct a
tournament on Saturday, with individual and team trophies
presented in three classes.
interdenominational religious service that brings a variety of
ethnic groups together will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and
is open to the public.
three-day event features the All Nations Theater with
traditional music and dance, the World CafŽ offering
traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people
perform their ethnic dances, the Tanzhauz
where attendees dance and sing along with a variety of
musical stylings, the Coffee House where patrons enjoy a
beverage and baked goods while listening to musicians,
Heritage Lane, presented by Weather Tight Corporation, with
unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits,
the International Bazaar, sponsored by Leaf Filter, where
cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience, and
the Callen Construction Chef’s Stage featuring local chefs
preparing traditional cuisine.