International Institute of Wisconsin: Travel around the world without leaving Milwaukee at the 66th annual Holiday Folk Fair International


Dave Amoroso • Ron Sonntag Public Relations

(414) 354-0200, ext. 108

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – Holiday Folk Fair International will be held Fri., Nov. 20 – Sun., Nov. 22, 2009 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis.

Produced by the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair International celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Weavings of Culture,” will allow Fair-goers the opportunity to explore the ways in which music, food, dance, and art are woven together to enhance racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity.

The three-day event features the All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Cafe offering traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people perform their ethnic dances, the Music Pavilion with a variety of musical styles, Heritage Lane with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits, and the International Bazaar where cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience. Holiday Folk Fair International will also host a United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony on Sat., Nov. 21, at 10:30 a.m. and a 5K Run/Walk on Sun., Nov. 22 at 9:00 a.m.

Hours on Fri., Nov. 20 are 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 21; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 22. Advance tickets will be sold for $8 each at Pick n’ Save locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Advance tickets for $8 each as well as family four-packs for $28 can be purchased on-line at

Admission at the gate will be $10 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; children under the age of five will be admitted at no charge. Those 62 and over will be admitted for $8, and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free.

For more information on the 2009 Holiday Folk Fair International, visit or call the International Institute of Wisconsin at 414-225-6220.