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Festival of Nations 2020

A virtual celebration of St. Louis’ many cultural traditions

Most recent online celebration: August 28-30, 2020


Since its reintroduction in 2001, Festival of Nations has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors each August to shady Tower Grove Park in St. Louis for a cornucopia of multicultural experiences, from dance, to music, to food, to crafts, and more. In August 2020, we introduced virtual Festival of Nations, an online opportunity for thousands of visitors to “meet, share and care.”

Please join us online to enjoy recorded sessions, featuring ethnic dance, music and of course food. Continue to practice a dance step, greeting in Arabic or Korean, or prepare flavorful ethnic food. Help us expand our listings and stories. More options will be added this fall. In the meantime, look here:

Taste – Select food for takeout or curbside pickup from festival vendors, Institute clients and recommendations of volunteers and friends. Don’t see your favorites? Add them!

Discover – Watch several or all of our live events which were recorded during the weekend. Fun is guaranteed.

Learn – Check out our projects focused on family arts & crafts, global corner, and religions of the world. Many are available throughout the year.

American Heritage Project – Share your family history and traditions. Tell us your migration story, be it recent or far in the past.

Connect – Or, share a Festival of Nations memory. We want to hear from you!

Watch for details about Festival of Nations 2021 which we hope to bring to you virtually AND in-person next summer!

About the International Institute of St. Louis

Festival of Nations is again brought to you by the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL). For more than 100 years, IISTL has been building a more connected and productive society to benefit immigrants, their families, and the wider community. Our vision is for a diverse, inclusive and thriving community.

Today, IISTL provides a whole host of services annually to more than 5,000 immigrants and refugees, including English classes, citizenship preparation, job services, counselling, and small business development. We are also working to help immigrants and the wider community to build connections by promoting cross-cultural understanding. Join us at to learn more about IISTL. Sign up for our E-News today!

We depend on generous gifts from supporters of the festival to ensure that the work of the International Institute of St. Louis continues, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic when the need is greater and resources are less.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Thanks to the following sponsors who remain with us as we go virtual in 2020 to support the work of the International Institute during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.