Celebrate different cultures from around the world this weekend at Elmwood Park

Celebrate different cultures from around the world this weekend at Elmwood Park

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke’s largest free multicultural festival takes over Elmwood Park on Saturday, May 20th. The Local Colors Festival celebrates its 32nd year.

You can enjoy an opening ceremony, Parade of Nations, performances and dozens of vendor booths representing cultures from around the world. There will be a kitchen, craft stalls, educational and cultural exhibits and local partners.

There is also a room for children to learn and explore. They can enjoy interactive activities to learn about different cultures and get their face painted.

The festival will also feature an international beer truck where you can try different spirits from around the world.

Some of the performers for the festival include Southwest Virginia Ballet, World of Dance, Community Arts Reach and Dream Dance Fitness.

Lisa Spencer, the executive director of Local Colors, says this festival is important because we need to recognize the different cultures that are present here in Southwest Virginia

“We have such a diverse community, and when you recognize and honor people’s cultural heritage, it really shows them that they are seen and valued,” says Spencer.

Be sure to come hungry to the festival, because Kona KoffeeHouse, Sudah’s Kitchen, Lynchburg’s Caribbean Jerk Pot, Empanada Nirvana Roanoke and more will be on site serving up some tasty international dishes.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

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