The annual Bismarck Multicultural Festival features celebrations of tradition, music, art, culture, food and entertainment from different cultures and heritages from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22.
A vendor marketplace, including handcrafted art, clothing, jewelry and food, will be offered. Entertainment, including singing and dancing, is provided from noon to 2:30 p.m. The event is open for all ages. Kids activities and door prizes will be available throughout the day.
Highlighting performances are the Lakota Immersion Nest, a group of young children from Standing Rock who sing traditional Lakota songs, YMCA belly dancers, the 3 Crowns Swedish Association, Filipino dancing, clogging, a solo vocal act and a ukulele group.
New to the event this year are two community panels featuring Native Americans and New Americans. These two forums, at 2:30 and 4 p.m., will encourage community conversations by answering questions from the public. Two one-hour question-and-answer sessions will be held in the Community Center after the live performances have commenced. The public is encouraged to participate.
The festival’s theme is “Make your cultural impression” and takes place at the Salvation Army Community Center, 601 S. Washington St. in Bismarck.