Whether learning about cultural diversity is on the "to do list" this weekend or not, the Langley International Festival is the place to be.
Now in its 13th year, food, entertainment, and fun for everyone will be found this weekend at Willoughbby Communty Park (next to the Langley Events Centre) at 7888 200th St.
According to Bert Chen, communications and media director for the festival, things are almost in place.
"It's excellent," he said of how it is all coming together. "We pretty much met our goal for volunteers."
Langley's biggest festival of summer 2013 opens at 10 a.m. both days and wraps up at 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.
"We're expecting about 15,000 or more people to come over the two days," Chen said. "There will be food from all parts of the world, dancers, entertainment, soccer and more."
Food vendors range from Indian to Fijian and tube steak to poutine.
The children's chalet will offer plenty to do with face painting, balloons, a stilt walker, activities, games, a magician, and more than enough to keep the little ones active and entertained. Plus, young and old will enjoy the agility dog show.
"We have a kids talent show as well," said Chen. "If people would like to register kids for that, they can visit the International Festival website."
For those wanting to take in the sights and sounds without too much action, a senior's tent will allow for a place to sit, enjoy the event, and socialize.
"There will also be a beer and wine garden," added Chen. "And the main stage will be visible from almost everywhere with talent from almost 20 different countries."
The event's art gallery will feature multicultural artwork from 20 artists. Many pieces will be for sale on site and some artists will be working at the event.
"Dozens of local vendors will be in our marketplace," Chen noted. "They will have a wide range of local and multicultural products and services."
An international event isn't complete without sources for information about various cultures. Learn about travel, history and current events of 14 different countries in the international pavilions.
The vision of multiculturalism comes together in the 2 p.m. Parade of Nations on Sunday when flags and cultural clothing are the focus.
11 a.m. Sudana
11:30 a.m. Portal a Tango
Noon Golden Phoenix Arts Society
12:30 p.m. Stin Myuing Drum Team
1:15 p.m. Matices del Sur
2 p.m. Island Vibes
2:30 p.m. Kara-Taka Afrobeat Group
3 p.m. Jawani Bhangra
3:30 p.m. Fraser Valley Taiwanese Association
4 p.m. Nestor de la Zerda
4:30 p.m. Mexico Vivo Dance Group
5 p.m. Mariachi Los Dorados
5:30 p.m. 50/50 Draw
6 p.m. Tropicana Band
11 a.m. The Mortimers
11:30 a.m. Sangre Morena
Noon Flamenco del Mar
12:30 p.m. Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Society
1 p.m. Zumba
1:30 p.m. Byrd Dawg
2 p.m. Thai Dramatic Arts and Cultural Association
2:30 p.m. Egyptian Breeze
3 p.m. Silver
3:30 p.m. Tusuy Kusun Folk Dance
4 p.m. Philippine Tapestry
4:30 p.m. 50/50 draw
5:30 p.m. Quieros Music
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