- International Festival, Sept. 22-24, 2017
International Festival, Sept. 22-24, 2017
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
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.
- 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
- Sat. 2:30 “Suminagashi, Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling” w/ Museum of the Great Plains
Two Stages and an Interactive Area
- 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.
Applications, Poster Design Competition, 2017 International Poster and More
Check for deadlines
2017 International Festival Kit
Fri., 8pm, Tequila Azul, 2nd Street Stage - Tequila Azul is the 1st Latin Pop Rock group in Oklahoma! They perform across Oklahoma and surrounding states at different events such as cultural festivals, Arts Council events, Clubs, Private Parties, Business events, etc. Tequila Azul gets the crowd dancing no matter where they play! Visit
Sat., 1pm, Teresa Black, Storytelling with music and singing, Interactive Area - A member of the Territory Tellers, an Oklahoma Story Tellers Association and an early pioneer family. Her show is interactive with singing and patrons can join in with her musical instruments. For more about the Territory Tellers, visit their site at https://territorytellers.com
Sat., 8pm, Oklahoma Fancy Dancers, Lake Helen Stage - 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, most of whom are full-blood, 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. They tour internationally presenting dance shows that 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. They are on the Oklahoma Arts Council's Touring Artist Roster. Visit them on Facebook, Oklahoma Fancy Dancers: Native Dance Troupe
The International Festival Committee’s Children's Area Free Activities will be 11am – 6pm, Saturday & 12 Noon - 5 pm, Sunday.
Under the tent 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.
There will be some fee based activities and vendors at the festival.
City of Lawton
Lawton Arts & Humanities Council
More to be added at a later date
2017 International Festival Media Sponsors
- KBZQ-FM “The Breeze” Radio Station - http://www.breeze995.com
- KCCU-FM Public Radio - http://kccu.org
- KSWO TV - http://www.kswo.com
- LawtonInfo.com - http://lawtoninfo.net
- Magic 95 http://www.magic953.com
- Hot Country 973FM http://www.hotcountry973fm.com
- Sooner Classic Hits - http://www.soonerclassichits.com
- The Lawton Constitution - http://www.swoknews.com
- Townsquare Media
The volunteer community performers this year are
- ABKA Lionheart Karate
- Aislinn & The Snake River Gang
- Cameron University Pan Express
- Crosstowne Groove Band
- Filipino-American Association of Lawton/Fort Sill
- Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Choir w/ band
- Good Friends & Dulcimers
- International Dance Group
- Island Paradise
- Kealii’s Polynesian Spectacular
- Kickers of Lawton
- Lawton Harmony Chorus - Sweet Adelines
- Mexican Folkloric Dancers
- Oceano Salsa Club
- Southwest Pride Barbershop Chorus
- TCC Cloggers
Schedules are in process
Interactive Area Schedule is in process
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.