What if you could fit the whole world in one building? You could explore every country and every culture in just a few days, and there would be no planes or trains involved. Plus, you’d have the widest variety of food, art and performances to enjoy, all within steps of each other. Sounds great, right?

Well, Raleigh may not have the whole world under one roof, but it will certainly feel that way Sept. 30th through Oct. 2nd, when more than 50 ethnicities and cultures will unite at the Raleigh Convention Center for the 26th Annual International Festival of Raleigh.

This three-day extravaganza will feature delicious international cuisine, cultural exhibits, ethnic crafts and lessons, as well as bazaars with varieties of international items for sale. There will also be two stages featuring dance performances and music from more than 30 different cultures. Bring the kids and let them get hands-on in Sophia’s Corner, a children’s area full of face-painting, storytelling, games and other fun activities.

Tickets for the International Festival are only $7 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and seniors, and free for children 6 and under. You can purchase discounted tickets in advance on this website.  This festival has become a key component of Greater Raleigh’s cultural and artistic offerings and is sure to be an entertaining and informative event in 2011!