Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
This September 19 – 21 the Raleigh Convention Center will transform into a mini United Nations for the 29th International Festival of Raleigh, an annual celebration of multiculturalism. The three-day festival, an event of the non-profit International Focus Inc., brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home.
The event is packed with activities and fun for the whole family. Attendees have the chance to watch traditional ethnic dances performed by artists in authentic dress. You can taste your way through the Sidewalk Cafes with dishes from around the globe. Cultural Exhibits, traditional arts, crafts and cooking demonstrations offer the opportunity to learn about the rich history and traditions of many different cultures. Adults can visit the Biergarten Stage to dance and hear bands and musical performances from around the world while kids will enjoy Sophia’s Corner for face-painting, storytelling and games.