One of the reasons I love summer is there’s a number of events to attend. This past weekend we went to Ethnic Fest in Two Rivers, WI. Ethnic Fest is an annual event held in September to celebrate diversity. It’s a day filled with musical entertainment, vendor booths, and a variety of different foods.
It’s always enjoyable watching the diverse types of entertainment at this event. The singers and dancers dress up in traditional clothing and perform for the audience, sometimes even coming off the stage into the crowd. This year the two stages for entertainment included:
- River City Blaskapelle (authentic German music)
- Limanya Drum and Dance (traditional music and dance from Guinea and Mali, West Africa)
- UW Russian Folk Orchestra (Russian and other East-European folk music)
- Oneida & Iroquois Dancers (Native American traditional dance)
- Bob Breuer Polka Band
- Lil’ Rev (Yiddish music)
There’s always a large number of food vendors providing a variety of different foods. This year was no exception. There was Chinese, Philippine, Mexican, and Italian food, to name a few. This year my husband and I both had a gyro, while our kids decided on a simple hamburger and cheese curds, with bubble tea to wash it down.
Every year, the number of vendors seems to grow. This year, they closed off four city blocks on the main street to accommodate vendors, plus there were more within central park. Everything from candles, to lawn ornaments, to crafts, to clothes.
This was the 25th year Ethnic Fest has taken place in Two Rivers and every year there is something new to see. If you have the chance to go to this event or an event similar to it near you, I’d highly recommend it.