After a successful inaugural event in 2019, the Hendricks County International Festival is back (and bigger) in 2021! Formerly the Plainfield International Festival, the event has broadened its reach to encompass the diversity found all throughout Hendricks County, Indiana.

The event is set to run on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021.

I attended the festival in 2019 and was impressed with the diverse representation of countries, and the many opportunities to learn about and participate in cultural activities. I ate, painted and danced my way through the debut festival...Ok I didn't actually dance, but I watched some very talented dancers!

I hope you will join me in experiencing everything the Hendricks County International Festival has to offer for this encore (and hopefully annual) event.

Here are 5 reasons you should attend the Hendricks County International Festival:

1. Learn About Different CulturesBooth at the International Festival

Attendees can visit booths representing more than 20 countries from around the globe. Some of the countries represented at this year's festival include Russia, India, Pakistan, Niger, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and many more.

See traditional clothing worn in various countries. Learn about unique customs and celebrations practiced all over the world and right here in Hendricks County. Browse the arts and artifacts proudly displayed by talented craftsmen eager to share their heritage.

Ask questions as you travel from booth to booth and deepen your understanding of many different cultures...all in one location.

I hear there will even be alpacas from Peru making an appearance at this year's festival!

2. Try Cuisine from Around the GlobeEgypt booth at the International Festival

Food is often the highlight of any festival, and that will definitely be the case at the International Festival. But attendees won't just get to fill their bellies, they will be treated to unique taste sensations from around the globe that they may have never experienced.

Those who attended the festival in 2019 will notice even more food options for the 2021 event. The expanded area for food trucks will include traditional cuisine from India, Thailand, Jamaica, Mexico, Italy, Poland and several more countries.

Come with a sense of adventure and let your taste buds travel the world as you explore the many culinary delights offered at this year's festival.

3. Take Part in Cultural ActivitiesPainting at the International Festival

Many of the booths will include activities to engage and educate attendees, so take your time and get hands-on at the festival.

Kids will especially love the opportunity to take their "passport" around the event and get stamps at each booth they visit.

Painting in the Park will also be back at this year's festival. Spots fill up quickly so sign up as soon as you arrive.

You will get to make (and take home) a masterpiece of a famous monument from around the world. This is a fabulous activity for artists of any age and ability level!

I still treasure the Eiffel Tour I painted on a gorgeous sunny day at the International Festival two years ago!

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4. Watch Live Performances Dance performance at the International festival

Sit for a spell as you take in numerous live stage performances throughout the event featuring dance and other cultural displays from around the world.

Watch dancers from West African communities, listen to a Scottish bagpipe performance and don't miss the returning Japanese performers who are sure to delight audiences once again.

The shows will both entertain and educate as attendees get to experience traditional artistry from around the world.

The stage at the International Festival will offer up treats for the eyes and the ears!

5. Gain New Appreciation For Our DifferencesBooth at the International Festival

While there are many wonderful reasons to attend the Hendricks County International Festival, the most important reason is to learn about and appreciate all of our neighbors more.

In today's busy world, we often don't get out to meet our neighbors, and our differences sometimes lead to distance.

Stephanie Singh, Plainfield's Director of Communications and Marketing and Board President of the Hendricks County International Festival, is a mix of many cultures. She enjoys sharing different cultures with people who haven’t been exposed to much diversity and seeing people come together. She notices people can often appreciate each other's differences when given the chance.

The International Festival was created as a way to celebrate all the cultures represented right here in Hendricks County.  Through food, dance, music and education, our eyes can be opened to the beautiful cultures represented in our community while celebrating and embracing both our similarities and our differences.   

BONUS INCENTIVE: The Hendricks County International Festival is a FREE, family-friendly event! 

What You Need To KnowInternational Festival

  • Date: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 2, 2021
  • Location: Talon Stream Park, 5344 Pike Lane, Plainfield, IN 46168 (north of the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center)
  • Details: The festival is outdoors and will be held rain or shine. Some seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own pop-up chairs.  
  • Safety precautions: Sanitizing stations will be available and safety precautions will be in place. Ample parking is available at the Rec Center and golf carts will be available to help transport those who need assistance getting to the festival entrance.
  • Cost: Free. While there is no cost to attend, make sure to bring money to purchase food and various wares from the vendors.
  • Souvenir giveaway: The first 500 attendees will receive a fabric fan as a festival souvenir, so come early!