2019 International Festival, 40th Anniversary, Set for Sep 27, 28 & 29

Friday, September 27,
2019, 5:00 pm
Sunday, September 29,
2019, 5:00 pm
International Festival People

This year, Lawton’s International Festival will celebrate its 40th year of promoting greater awareness and appreciation of Lawton’s diverse heritage.  The festival provides local, culturally-based organizations, groups and individuals an opportunity to display aspects of their culture, mainly through performances and demonstrations.

For vendor and/or volunteer performers information as well as the annual poster design competition, call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 to check on applications and deadlines. 


No Admission or Parking Fees with Free concerts & Entertainment!!!

  • Friday, Sep 27: 5-10 pm, 5:45 pm Parade of Nations followed by Opening Ceremony with Naturalization Ceremony
  • Saturday, Sep 28: 11 am-10 pm  
  • Sunday, Sep 29: 12-5 pm
  • 2 Stages with Entertainment and Interactive Area
  • Dining Area Near Food Vendors with Tables and Chairs
  • Information Booth, First Aid, & ATM with Food, Sales & Display Vendors


No pets (only service animals), bicycles, skateboards, drones and alcoholic beverages.

Vendor and Performer Inquiries: Call the Arts & Humanities Division Office at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 to be placed on mailing list and for more information

Festival Volunteers Needed  - Besides having fun, volunteering offers opportunities to meet new people, gain valuable experience for resumes or college applications, provides community visibility for organizations or businesses as well as great bonding experience for families and groups.

Please note: The festival will go on rain or shine and some events may be subject to change without notice.

2019 Intl Fest News

Lawton's 2019 International Festival Celebrates 40th Year with Dates and Call for Participants

Lawton’s 2019 International Festival Celebrates 40th Year!  

Dates & Call for Participants



May 10: Poster Design Deadline

June 7: New Volunteer Performer, Expression of Interest Form Deadline

June 14: Festival Brochure Advertising Deadline

June 14: Vendor & Display Application Deadline

June 28: Volunteer Performer Application Deadline, call for information

Ongoing:  Volunteer sign up for Information Booth, Stages, and other festival assistance

 September 27, 28, & 29: FESTIVAL!!


(Lawton, OK) Lawton’s International Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary of promoting greater awareness and appreciation of Lawton’s diverse heritage.  The festival is a project of the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council’s International Festival Committee and the City of Lawton. Applications are now available for Food, Sales, & Display Vendors. The opportunity to be in the festival’s brochure will close on June 14 by 5pm. The deadline to submit art for the festival’s poster design competition is May 10 by 5pm.  Availability of the Volunteer Performer Application coming soon! Those interested in being a volunteer performer should call the Arts & Humanities Division to be added to the mailing list.   


The festival provides culturally based organizations and other groups and individuals an opportunity to display aspects of their culture. It also fosters community spirit and participation through involvement.  

With no admission fees and free concerts, this family oriented extravaganza is full of fun, food, children’s games and activities, demonstration artists, sales vendors, and multicultural entertainment.


The 2019 International Festival dates are Friday, September 27; Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29. The festival is held in Elmer Thomas Park located at NW 3rd and Ferris Avenue.  This park setting has amenities to include Children’s area, ATM, parking adjacent to festival grounds, vendor parking on site, tour bus parking, restroom facilities, all of which are completely handicap accessible, and more!


The International Festival Committee invites everyone to participate in this citywide celebration.  All multicultural organizations and clubs are invited to join us no matter where you live!!!  The committee meets the first Tuesday each month, 6 pm at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris Avenue, unless otherwise announced. Meetings are open to the public.



   Do you have a product or service that has an International flavor? Do you have an organization that is looking for new members?  Would you like to reach approximately 32,000 people in three days?  Why not consider being a festival sponsor, food vendor, sales vendor or having a display booth?   Do you like to perform and entertain as a volunteer? We hope you will consider us.

  Also, being a volunteer at the festival is a great way to meet new people in the community, get work experience for your resume, gain visibility for your organization or business, family or group activity, and just have FUN!!

   For applications and information, visit the official website www.lawtonok.gov/departments/arts-and-humanities

or call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 580-581-3471.  Join us also on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/lawtonartsandhumanitiescouncil   


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