Nena Koseva

Festival of Nations: Immerse Yourself in the Diversity of St. Louis.


The last weekend of August is always saved in my calendar for one of my absolutely favorite events in St. Louis: the Festival of Nations. For the 15th year in a row the International Institute organized and hosted this unique multi-ethnic celebration in Tower Grove Park. Attendees of all ages had the chance to experience multiculturalism through music, food, crafts, dance, and folklore exhibits.


Attendees of the festival were able to pick between 40 different kinds of ethnic food. The Thai food booth servers stayed busy at all times.

Jamaican was among the food options as well.

Colorful shoes, clothing and jewelry from a variety of Latin American countries was displayed.

The Russian matriochkas attracted a lot of attention.

African masks and other decorations were featured at multiple gift booths.