Aurora is one of the most diverse cities in the Denver Metro area and this year marks the 6th annual Global Fest, Aurora’s annual celebration of international cultures. Because, according to the City of Aurora, “one in five Aurora residents was born outside the United States, and Global Fest is an opportunity to showcase our differences while celebrating our diversity and what unites us as a city.” In other words, Global Fest is a perfect way to help us love our neighbor while “traveling locally” and celebrating diversity right in our own backyard.
This year’s festival, happening this Saturday, August 17th at the Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn (15151 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012) will, like all other years, feature music, dance, art and food from around the world with two stages of performances, food vendors with global flavors, and an International Marketplace that’s new for 2019.
Below are three primary elements of this year’s festival that we thought would be worth highlighting for this year’s attendees. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. If it isn’t already, this should be high on your list of things to do this coming weekend.
1. New for 2019, The International Marketplace, sponsored by ConocoPhillips
Previous years of this festival have highlighted music, dance and food, and this year’s International Marketplace is an exciting addition that allows vendors an additional opportunity to share their heritage and culture via art and other goods. Can you think of a better way to “shop local” in Aurora?
2. These food trucks/caterers will be onsite to offer attendees a wide of array of culture cuisines to try. The list emphasizes one thing: come hungry
- Venezuelan – Arepas House
- Panamanian – Dos Mores
- Eritrean – Eritrean Cultural & Civic Center (Eritrea is a small country in East Africa, East of Sudan and North of Ethiopia)
- Jamaican – High Grade Catering & Food Truck
- Greek/American – Middle Eastern Shack
- Kenyan – Msosi Kenyan Cuisine
- Italian – Repicci’ s Italian Ice
- Mexican – Tacos Selene
- Somalian – The Pikine Grill
3. Featured Performances – two stages guarantee consistent and diverse entertainment throughout the festival, so you should plan to post up in front of a stage no matter what and be on particular lookout for these performances
- This year’s Global Fest while highlight a show by acclaimed Colombian electro harpist Enki Bello on the BOK Financial Stage. If you haven’t witnessed and electric harp performance before, do yourself a favor and check it out on August 17th. (Timing: 2:30pm on the main stage)
- The Parade of Nations will feature people in cultural attire carrying the flags of their native countries. Think of the Olympics, just more intimate and more culturally attired! (Timing: 11:15am on the main stage)
- The International Fashion Show will light up the main stage for an hour, emphasizing the uniqueness and creative potential of cultural attire from across the globe. (Timing: 1:15pm on the main stage)
The City of Aurora is a haven of cultural diversity in the Denver Metro area, bursting at the seams with opportunities to try new food and experience new cultures right in our own backyard. Global Fest is the best opportunity to experience all of these cultures in one place so get out there and “travel locally” this weekend!
Aurora Global Fest on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 in Denver. (Photo by Chris Schneider Photography)