Festivals + Parties

Indianapolis International Festival

When: Fri., Nov. 22, 2 p.m. 2013

Billed as “Central Indiana’s largest and oldest pan-ethnic festival,” the Indy International Festival is, as usual, packed. You’ve got your headliners like Bloomington-based, Grammy-winning Middle Eastern ensemble Salaam. And another Bloomington group, the Silk Road Ensemble (not the one with Yo-Yo Ma), playing music from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Mongolia and other countries on the ancient trade route famously traveled by Marco Polo. But wait, you also have Indy Eleven, spreading the gospel of Indiana pro soccer; the Tudor Rose Players, reincarnating the court of Henry VIII; a giant map of Asia; Italian street painting; and a Chinese stilt walker whom you are permitted to call “chopstick man.” Not to mention 20-plus ethnic food vendors, an insane amount of local performing arts groups, a naturalization ceremony and an international marketplace.

Price: $10 adults, $6 kids

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