International Festival, Sept. 22-24, 2017

Event by: Arts and Humanities

Starts
Friday, September 22,
2017, 5:00 pm
Ends
Sunday, September 24,
2017, 5:00 pm
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This year, Lawton’s International Festival will celebrate its 38th 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.

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

Friday, Sep 22: 5-10 pm, 5:45 pm Parade of Nations followed by Opening Ceremony with Naturalization Ceremony

Saturday, Sep 23: 11 am-10 pm  

Sunday, Sep 24: 12-5 pm

 

General Information

For public parking, enter the park at 3rd & NW Ferris Avenue.

2 Stages with Entertainment and Interactive Area

Dining Area Near Food Vendors with Tables and Chairs

Children's Area Activities

International Festival Committee’s Children's Area w/ free games & activities:  Sat., 11am – 6pm & Sun., 12Noon-5pm Sun: includes Chinese masks, USA mats, Mexican paper flowers, and Tahitian headdresses. Other activities outside the tent include hula-hoops, giant bubbles, and the hopping bouncy balls.

Fee Based Activities: TBA

Information Booth, First Aid, & ATM with Food, Sales & Display Vendors

Festival goes on rain or shine and some events may be subject to change without notice.

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

 

Highlights  

  • Fri., 5:45pm, Parade of Nations, Opening Ceremony w/ Naturalization Ceremony. 2nd Street Stage     
  • Fri. & Sat., Dusk to 10pm, Telescope Star Gazing w/ Hank Poppe
  • Lawton-Ft. Sill Amateur Radio Club
  • Sat. 2:30 “Suminagashi, Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling” w/ Museum of the Great Plains

TWO STAGES   

  • Volunteer community performing groups
  • Fri., 8pm, Tequila Azul, 2nd Street Stage 
  • Sat., 1pm, Tereasa Black, Storytelling with music and singing, Interactive Area
  • Sat., 8pm, Oklahoma Fancy Dancers, Lake Helen Stage
  • Sat., 8pm, “Int’l Street Dance w/ DJ”, 2nd Street Stage

 

ROAMING PERFORMERS, To be announced

 

Activities and schedule are subject to change.

 

Tequila Azul, Latin Pop Rock - Founded in 2014, Tequila Azul is the first 1st Latin Pop Rock group in Oklahoma! They have perform across Oklahoma and surrounding states at different events such as cultural festivals, special events, clubs, private parties, business events,  and etc. Through their musical diversity and energy, Tequila Azul covers songs from artists such as Juanes, Mana, Shakira, Thalia, etc. For an exciting and fun filled performance, enjoy the sounds of Tequila Azul! They get the crowd dancing no matter where they play!

 

Oklahoma Fancy Dancers  - The Oklahoma Fancy Dancers are a group of powwow champions that come together to form a professional and highly acclaimed Native American dance troupe. All the dancers are enrolled tribal members, representing various tribes. The award-winning dance regalia worn by each dancer is brilliantly colorful, traditional and representative of the dancer's tribe and dance performed.

The dance shows are educational, informational, entertaining, and showcase a variety of traditional American Indian tribal dances and present cultural information. Widely known for the educational elements of their performances, the Oklahoma Fancy Dancers have traveled the world and earned a stellar reputation for excellence and authenticity. 

Information will be available at a later date.

 

City of Lawton

Lawton Arts & Humanities Council

More to be added at a later date

To be updated as more information becomes available

Schedules will be available in July

Interactive Area Schedule will be available in July.

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Besides having fun, volunteering offers opportunities to meet new people, gain valuable experience for your resume or college application, community visibility for your organization or business as well as it is a great bonding experience for your family or group! To find out more about various volunteer activities, call the Arts & Humanities Div. office at 581-3470 or 581-3471.