Lawton's 2018 International Festival, Dates and Call for Participants

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Lawton’s 2018 International Festival Dates & Call for Participants



May 11: Poster Design Deadline

June 15: Festival Brochure Advertising Deadline

June 15: Vendor & Display Application Deadline

TBA: Volunteer Performer Application Deadline, call for information

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

September 28, 29, & 30: FESTIVAL!!

(Lawton, OK) Lawton’s International Festival will celebrate its 39th 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 15 by 5pm. The deadline to submit art for the festival’s poster design competition is May 11 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 2018 International Festival dates are Friday, September 28; Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. 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

or call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 580-581-3471.  Join us also on Facebook at   



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