Global Fest bringing international entertainment and exchange to Aurora on Saturday

    Scenes from the 6th Annual Global Fest, Aug. 17.
    Photo by Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado

    AURORA | Aurora’s annual celebration of international arts and culture returns in-person Saturday, bringing music, food and vendors representing countries from around the world to the city’s municipal center.

    “Aurora is truly the world in a city, and nowhere is that more apparent than at Global Fest,” the city wrote in a news release. “This unique multicultural event, presented by the city of Aurora, brings together the sights, sounds and flavors of nations around the world in celebration of the diverse cultures and communities that call Aurora home.”

    Global Fest is free and open to all. Entertainment includes two stages of musical performances and dance as well as creative activities for children, an international marketplace, fashion show and a Parade of Nations, showcasing dozens of countries.

    The event was virtual in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is returning to the Great Lawn outside of the Aurora Municipal Center this year from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Sponsors of this year’s Global Fest include Colorado Access, Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership, Fitzsimons Credit Union, LaMar’s Donuts, Friday Health Plan, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver, Consulate General of Japan Denver, Denver7, Univision and New America College.

    Aurora often tops the list of the most diverse cities in Colorado, and between 2016 and 2020, around one-fifth of the city’s population was foreign-born, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    More information about the event is available at 

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    3 months ago

    Global Fest is one of the best things that Aurora does every year, it has been one of the saddest parts of the pandemic that it had to be delayed, I’m so excited for it to be back this year! I can’t wait to go, I’m glad the Sentinel is promoting it, I hope everyone in the city goes to see the amazing performers and learn about all the incredible cultures that immigrants and refugees have brought to us in Aurora!

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    3 months ago

    Glad to see everyone that came out today. The music, the dancing, the amazing outfits. All cultures most of which I didnt know much about, and still don’t really. But I appreciate each one that came out and put the effort in to entertain the people of Aurora, and celebrate their culture with us. To the ladies from Eritrea, thanks for the awesome cup of coffee. Hopefully next year will be even bigger and more diverse. Saw Councilman Marcano there, snapped a quick pic. Saw the Mayor too, who shook my hand like anyone until he looked up and realized who it was. See all the others that decided not to show up and celebrate on Monday…