Reason #23 for visiting Greater Raleigh during 31 Days of Art:
The calendar in October is full of art-related events; it’s easy to build a weekend.

You and your family can start with the 28th International Festival of Raleigh, a three-day celebration of music, food, and culture from around the globe, October 4-6, 2013, at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Explore the world through main stage performances (traditional ethnic dances performed by artists in authentic dress); cultural exhibits (presenting the rich history and traditions of many different cultures); world bazaars; sidewalk cafes (with culinary offerings to tempt any taste bud); arts & crafts, cooking and dance demonstrations; a Biergarten (with dancing and a stage featuring bands and musical performances); a naturalization ceremony; and Sophia’s Corner for the kids (including face painting, storytelling, and games).

Did I mention the food? A weekend’s worth of mandu dumplings, shoo-fly pie, tabouli, gravlax, mussels with coconut curry sauce, gnocchi, baklava and profiteroles…just to name a few. Taste your way through the cafés and learn to make some fabulous new dishes!

This annual event supports North Carolina's multiculturalism–nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home–while celebrating the culture, arts, and cuisines of the world.

[2013 influences include African, Argentine/Uruguay, Brazilian, Chinese, Columbian, Egyptian, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lebanese, Mexican, Native American  Nepali, Panamanian, Pennsylvania Dutch, Peruvian, Polynesian, Scandinavian, Scottish, Sri Lankan, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Venezuelan, and Vietnamese.]

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All part of “31 Days of Art” in Greater Raleigh!

Kristy Stevenson-

(Photo ©Luster Studios/Craig Carpenter.)