The International Festival USA gives the community the opportunity to better understand and appreciate the incredible blend of people, cultures, talents, and beliefs that make Houston a great place to live, work, and enjoy.

The festival focuses on five major cultural areas: African American, European, Asian, Latino, and Native American, with many nationalities represented within them. Stages will feature cultural entertainment from around the world. Visitors will experience new vendors and performers as well as family favorites, and be immersed in a variety of different cultures from around the world!

This International festival USA is free to the public, and attracts thousands of people from Houston and surrounding cities and states. The Festival features a variety of fun, entertainment, educational activities, and exhibits for all ages.

Participating Countries included: Bahamas, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Native America, Nigeria, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, St. Lucia, Taiwan, Trinidad, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam.

Unity of Nations and
International Awards Ceremony

Joined by The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston’s International and Multicultural Leadership will stand together to represent the cultural diversity that makes up our great city. Dressed in authentic traditional clothing, representatives from each country will offer a greeting in their native language and proudly carry their flag.

International Leadership Award
Through the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in The International Leadership Award,
The International Festival USA celebrates outstanding institutions, organizations, and individuals who have developed inclusive practices that increase access, foster diversity and inclusion in international education, and promote an inclusive environment for our international and
cultural community.

Global Humanitarian Award
The Global Humanitarian Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals who
represent The International Festival USA's mission to diversify global education and demonstrate
a commitment to foster diversity and inclusion in global education through their studies,
community engagement, or community building efforts, writ large.


THE iFEST USA MAIN STAGE                                   

The International Festival USA UN World Diversity Virtual Celebration I 2:00pm-3:00pm Central Standard Time  


Global and Multicultural leaders from all around the world will give strong messages of hope and commitment to developing and strengthening our unity that’s so enriched by our nation’s multiculturalism and diversity. 


2:00-2:03 - Welcome

2:04-2:09 - National Anthem 

2:10-2:15 - Mayor Sylvester Turner

2:16-2:21- National Address

2:22-2:31 -Special Remarks 

2:32-2:37 - Call For Solidarity 

(Asian American & Pacific Islander Month) 

2:38-2:50 - Global Address

2:51-3:00 - World of Nations International Performance Finale 

International Business Expo & Keynote

Stop by community booths to learn about organizations and companies who serve the diverse community of Houston. The International Festival USA fosters good will relations with other countries in an effort to stimulate international trade. 

International Trade & Global Business

Doing Business with the U.N. & An Introduction to the World Bank

Globalize Your Business & Create an Export Plan

Live product, service demonstrations, and sells

Distribution of product samples





International Shopping Market & Art Village

Accessories I Arts & Crafts I  Clothing  I Cultural Instruments  I  
Gifts  I Home Goods  I Jewelry   

International Cultural Food and Cuisine
Visit our Cultural Food Truck Lane and International Cuisine Market to
indulge in for-sale cuisine and treats:

African • American • Asian • Bakery • Candy • Catering • Chinese • Deli
• Dessert • East • African • Gluten Free • Grocery • Halal • Indian • Italian • Kid • Friendly • Locally • Sourced • Mediterranean • Mexican • Moroccan
• Organic • Vegan • Vegetarian • Vietnamese

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Parade of Chariots

The Parade of Chariots partners with The International Festival USA to
celebrate the diversity of our city and will spotlight three authentic, hand-pulled wooden chariots and traditional Puri chariots that were crafted in India, in addition to music, dance, and yoga.

The parade will kickoff the festival with a Texas flavor but authentic to the events held in India.

World Tour Experience 


Come explore and tour the different cultures around the world.  You can play games to learn cool new facts about the countries around the world. 


Located in the center of The International Festival USA, the 20-foot-tall Tower of Americas. The Tower of Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of our community’s birth cultures. This project is produced by artists of different genres and people of various cultural backgrounds, Lead By 

Randall L. Kallinen, Director of Creativity for The International Festival. 

May 19-21

Get your International Festival experience in Downtown Houston at THE iFEST USA Lounges, Parties, and other events held to officially celebrate Houston’s multiculturalism and diversity.  

Mix and mingle with other cultures while enjoying live music, an open bar, and special surprises.

Official Events

Kickoff Party at Lucky’s Pub
Thursday, May 20, 2021 8:00pm
801 St Emanuel St

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