International Festival wraps up in Raleigh

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See photos from the festival

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The 30th International Festival kicked off Friday at the Raleigh Convention Center as thousands of people from around the region come to celebrate the people from nations around the world. The festival wraps up Sunday.

This year, people representing 63 countries took part in the event.

A rainy Saturday made for a good day to enjoy indoor events.

The International Festival Of Raleigh entered its second day with performers… And  food and craft vendors.

It takes about a 1000 volunteers to pull off the event. About 30,000 people are expected at the Raleigh Convention Center for the festival this weekend.

WNCN talked with a family who brought their 18 month old daughter for the first time.

“I wanted to introduce her to as many cultural things as possible. She loves the music and the dancing and the food and always comes home with treasures too,” said Keri Richardson of Raleigh.

WNCN is a media sponsor of the event. Drop by our tent near the main stage for free giveaways. The festival continues Sunday.

The festival features music and dance from the different cultures and a wide assortment of food with an international flavor. The festival also features a popular beer garden that will include some of the area’s top local brewers.

The Festival opened Friday at 4:30 p.m., with Irish dancers kicking off the Variety Stage.

On Saturday, the first performances began at 10 a.m. On Sunday, the first performances started at 11 a.m.

WNCN talent at the International Fesitval

Saturday
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Beau Minnick

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Sharon Tazewell and David Hurst

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.- Kristin Ketchell

6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Jonathan Rodriguez

Sunday
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Mike Hyland

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Valonda Calloway

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Justin Quesinberry

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Wes Hohenstein

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