2015 International Festival, Sept. 25, 26, & 27
Multicultural/Family orientated 3-day event, Est. 1979, promotes greater awareness and appreciation of Lawton's diverse heritage. Festival located in Elmer Thomas Park, 3rd & NW Ferris Avenue, Lawton, OK. Over 3-day event, attendance average range is 40,000. Hours: Friday 5 to 10pm, Saturday 11am to 10pm, and Sunday I2 Noon to 5pm. 5:45pm, Friday, Parade of Nations followed by Opening Ceremony, 2nd Street Stage (South) w/ Naturalization Ceremony.
- Free Admission & Parking
- Children's Area w/ free games & activities sponsored by International Festival Committee
- 11am – 6pm Sat & 12Noon-5pm Sun: Making Chinese masks, African Necklaces, Amazonian Rain Sticks, Japanese Carp Kites, USA mats, Mexican Paper Flowers, & Tahitian headdresses.
- Other activities include hula hoops, giant bubbles, parachute toss & hopping bouncy balls.
- “Free Park & Ride Shuttle Service”, McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris Ave to festival site & back. Fri, 5 - 10pm; Sat, 11am-10pm & Sun, 12noon - 5pm.
- Information Booth, First Aid, & ATM
- Over 60 Food, Sales & Display Vendors
- Telescope Star Gazing with Hank Poppe, Dusk to 10pm, Friday & Saturday
- Lawton-Ft. Sill W5KS & KF5CRF Amateur Radio Clubs
- Saturday, 2:30 “Suminagashi - The Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling” with the Museum of the Great Plains
- OK Army Nat’l Guard - Rock Wall
- Saturday at 3:45pm & Sunday at 4pm, the Mexican Folkloric Dancers hosts "Fiesta de Cumpleaneos" (My Birthday Party) Projects and the annual Kite Flight (Free Kites until supplies are gone).
- Saturday at 5:30pm, 77th US Army Band, Fuego N Klave
- Saturday at 8:00pm, 77th US Army Band, "Centerfire w/ Costello's Own" and 77th US Army Band "Oozlefinch Horns Big Band"
- 2 stages – Over 20 Volunteer Performing groups
- Saturday Night, 8pm, “Int’l Street Dance w/ DJ”, 2nd St Stage
- Interactive Area – Various activities
- Roaming performers
- David Wonders, Magician and Balloon Artist
City of Lawton, Lawton Arts & Humanities Council and its lnternational Festival Committee, Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, Friends of the Library, McMahon Foundation, and the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce - Lawton Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.
POSTER WINNER – Sumire Suzuki
The International Festival Committee’s annual poster design competition to select the artwork that best represents the festival’s mission. All submissions are on display in the lobby of McMahon Memorial Auditorium until the festival in September.
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.
- For public parking, enter the park at 3rd & NW Ferris Avenue. Also, “Free Park & Ride Shuttle Service” will be available from the McMahon Memorial Auditorium, 801 NW Ferris Avenue to the festival site and back.
- Festival goes on rain or shine and some events may be subject to change without notice.
- Festival committee respectfully requests that all visitors refrain from bringing pets (only service animals), bicycles, skateboards and alcoholic beverages.
- Call 58 l-3470 or 58I-347I for more information or visit the website www.cityof.lawton.ok.us/lahc.